Photofeeler Ranks are given as a percentile. So, for instance, a Rank of 58% means your photo did better than 58% of photos.
Photofeeler's algorithms were written to take into account the number of votes received when calculating Ranks. For example, it is much rarer to get an average Competent score of +2.50 with 10 votes (97th percentile) than it is to get an average Competent score of +2.50 with only two votes (81st percentile). A small sample of votes is more likely to score unusually high or low due to sampling error.
If you hover or tap on the one of the faded sections on the bars, a tooltip will tell you your current Rank's confidence intervals.
A confidence interval is a mathematical term. It means the range in which Photofeeler is pretty certain your "true" Rank lies. (That is, the Rank your photo would end up with if you had thousands of votes.)
The more votes you add to your test, the smaller these ranges get. Note that photo tests with very split opinions will have wider confidence intervals and require more votes to obtain the same certainty.
In Scores mode, you may notice dark-colored notches in the bars.
If you hover over any individual notch, a tooltip will tell you precisely what it means.
Generally, though, these notches represent the voting style of the person behind the vote and how that vote was adjusted in calculating your Photofeeler Rank.
For instance, if someone voted 3 ("very"), but they consistently rate photos very high for that trait, you'll see a notch on the far left of the bar. That means their "very" doesn't count as much as the "very" of a person who rarely leaves 3s for that trait.
By default, your photos' results are shown by Photofeeler Rank (a percentile). This tells you how your photo results compare to everyone else's.
For Business and Social tests, if you score 70%, it means your photo scored higher than 70% of photos in the Photofeeler database.
For Dating photo tests, if you score 70% in Trustworthy, it means your photo scored higher in trustworthiness than 70% of photos with subjects your same gender and age.
A rank of 50% is average, so you ought to shoot for ranks at or above that level.
The Photofeeler team adamantly believes that anyone can hit the 90th percentile (a 90% Photofeeler Rank or higher) for any trait with enough experimentation.
Dating users are often discouraged by a photo's low Attractive % due to common misconceptions specific to measures of attractiveness. Some truths to counteract the myths:
1. Some people assume a Photofeeler Rank of "20%" relates to "2 out of 10" on a 1-10 scale, but these systems aren't actually related.
2. With a 1-10 scale — where 5 is average — most photos would lie around 5. However, Photofeeler Ranks are percentiles. Acting like a competition, percentiles force an even distribution of photos from 0-100%. So while, in real life, scoring a 1 or 10 on a 1-10 scale is rare, very low and very high Rank %s on Photofeeler are not.
3. Different photos of the same person get very different results. Users regularly test many photos with better and better results.
4. Since every photo tells a different story, no one photo's Attractive % can score you as a person. Remember: Photofeeler tests photos, not people!
These are Quick Notes, and they're available to voters on the voting page, just above the big, orange "Submit Vote" button.
Before rolling out Quick Notes, a lot of the same comments were typed out over and over. Quick Notes help voters give specific feedback more quickly.
Sometimes several users will send the same Quick Note, resulting in what looks like repeats. These Notes were actually sent from different people.