Okay, in my hunt for a way to have the admins ONLY (not site visitors) be able to rate a post, I found this plugin:
It's perfect in every way except one: I need to be able to use the rating system to display posts in order from 5 stars to 1 star. And I don't want the stars to show up on the live site either (this is already built into the plugin).
This should be easy for plugin devs and higher-than-my-level programmers (which doesn't say anything for my level, believe me)... Even the original plugin author made mention of it in the comments:
"I definitely considered doing that. Ideally I wanted to be able to order posts by rating as well (highest to lowest or vice versa) but didn’t have the time to persue it.
I don’t think it would be very difficult — it’s just a matter of writing a function that makes the right type of calls to the database and filters using the custom ratings meta data."
I just don't know about writing functions and calls and filters and such. Normally, I have a programmer I outsource to who does this sort of thing for me - but he's booked up and I need this done by the end of the month.
I'd be willing to make a PayPal donation or some such if that's what it takes... but it doesn't seem difficult for someone with the knowledge to do it.
(If you're only offering paid help - please contact me at lara AT anubismarketing DOT com with what you'd charge me for this. Otherwise, I'm entertaining offers for generousity too... thanks!)