If you have bought anything on Ebay, you're familiar with feedback ratings -- that little number in parentheses that appears next to a user ID. It's always something of a welcome surprise when I sign in to Ebay, and discover that my rating has increased. If nothing else, it's a definite sign that a seller has received payment from me, and I can look forward to finding that item in my mailbox soon.
I would have to say that there have been a few times when receiving feedback has brought a special thrill. Getting that very first feedback, of course. Getting my first feedback star -- the yellow star -- once my feedback rating reached 10. Seeing my star change from yellow to turquoise when my feedback rating reached 100. (No, I didn't get the blue star, which is awarded at a feedback rating of 50. By the time Ebay introduced that star, my rating was already above 100, so I missed it.)
When my account was reinstated a few weeks ago, my feedback rating was 232. When I signed in yesterday, though, the number had jumped to 233. The seller of the issues of Doctor Who Insider and Sci-Fi Now had received my payment, and left feedback, along with some nice things to say about me.
All of which means that I have something to look forward to when I go to the post office sometime this week.