@Major the ratings game kind of reminds me of how some of the people here try to just keep tearing each other down in the hopes of outshining the other and gaining a client, instead of working together in order to gain a stable client base. Don't get me wrong, I don't base my judgement of the company solely on the ratings that I see it getting. I also do an in-depth research of the background of the company using a number of resources. Since not everyone is privy to the existence of the old reliable writers that populate ES and carry on their private businesses on their direct sites, using some detective techniques could also help them at least assess the possibility that the company they have chosen is not on the level. Satisfaction ratings are a start. Comparing reviews, another step, looking up the company address or information is tantamount to the confirmation of the reliability of the company or the writer. These are all time consuming steps when a student is just looking for a reliable company to start with. That is why I suggested the rating system might be a good way to start the assessment. Now, if the student is wise enough to look for independent writers immediately, then half the problem is immediately solved. Not all of them think that way though so I was just trying to give them a push in the right direction. No matter how small it might be. You are right about most of the things you said though. I won't argue that part.