I know that's not what you're doing. My criticism was that people seem to use their votes to live out their personal animosities and that this diminishes the usefulness of the "sort by vote option" for me -- and presumably for everyone else, too.
But since you can turn it off entirely, what's your beef with it? That others won't? That they won't use it how you see best? Why do you assume that if it's not useful to you it's the same for everyone? I like it and find it useful. Should I turn it off too because you don't find it useful?
I'm not trying to be a prick, but I'm really curious. You already know how to turn off the effect on you, so how does this negatively impact you? You've said that it means you wouldn't use the ratings but you already said that before the ratings even existed. So how is it any different. You don't like ratings, have never liked them and don't have to use them. So where's the beef? That others who do like them can use them? And if so, why on earth do you care?