I'm noticing a lot of familiar faces -1'ing me here.
I -1'ed your suggestion, not you.
It's true, some forum members speak out and participate on a regular base, and many don't.
People that speak out make a difference, those that remain silent won't.
When I mentioned a 'parallel shadow world', I meant that if your wish is granted, there would be ratings both in files and in MusicBee's database.
You know what you are doing, so that wouldn't be an issue for you.
But less savvy and invested MusicBee users will not fully understand it, which—in my opinion—is likely to cause issues for them at some moment in time, and it will then be a burden on the forum members that not only voice their opinions or make requests, but also contribute by helping other members.