While I believe that I have been providing a useful service to the TpT community at large, today, when the site wasn't taken off-line, and with my news story that I planned to continue providing a rank of some sort, my wife has faced mounting criticism from many sellers on social media.
First of all, let me make it 100% clear that my wife is completely blameless in this matter. She hasn't even talked to me about my plans to continue to offer the website, or what form that would take. If there is anyone who deserves any grievances, it's me. Feel free to send them to me using the "Feedback" button at the bottom of the page.
Secondly, it is important for you, the end user of this system, to understand that I enjoy no special privilege of information or insight into the system at TpT. My plan to provide a future "ranking" was to train a machine-learning algorithm using the historical data so that it could "guess" at a rank. I would then return that as a "percentile" rather than a true ranking. This would be derived from the other public fields from the sellers, like number of votes, rating, number of products, etc. I only intended to do this because of the sheer number of feedback emails I've received about how inspiring it was for sellers to "move up" because it meant that they could see that they were doing something right.
Third, I make no money from this site. Ever. Let me make that clear. I have never made a penny. I lose money every month providing the bandwidth, the storage, and the electricity to run real, enterprise-grade servers for this site. I have never added advertising, even though Google Ads estimated I could make close to $4000 a month doing so. This is, and always has been a labor of love, and my way of giving back to the community that provided my wife the opportunity to make a career from providing curriculum to other teachers. This has been a giant "thank you" to that community.
So, with all of that said, I have currently disabled the search and rank functions of the web site, and in their place put up a poll for you to tell me what you want to see in the future. I want to keep giving back and providing the tools that TpT hasn't provided to make your life, as a seller on TpT easier.
But, I will abide by the results of the poll. If you tell me that you don't want a ranking site, then I will shut it down.
So, the future is in your hands.