I like anime and I work with computers. If you have reason to contact me, feel free to comment on my profile or hunt me down on the Anime-Planet IRC channel.
My relation to anime culture:
I attend many conventions on a regular basis but I do not consider myself to be otaku, or a part of any other such culture, since it simply does not suit my lifestyle or appropriately reflect my interests. I do, however, know many people who fit into those classifications, and they have my utmost respect.
How I rate anime (and more or less manga):
I watch all genre of anime and try to minimize bias wherever possible. I try not to take actors or directors into consideration as they are mearly a part of the production process as opposed to being a part of the media itself. In case you could not tell, I take aesthetic philosophy fairly seriously. I rewatch all my anime repeatedly on impulse and my counters are set conservatively. I re-rate each series after each viewing so my ratings fluctuate greatly depending on my mood, attentiveness, and other such unavoidable prejudices, but I do try to watch series under the ideal conditions so as to give them the benefit of the doubt. This, combined with my general appreciation of anime, is the reason for my average ratings being so high. I rate most series higher on the spectrum, obviously, since I like them-- if I didn't like anime then I wouldn't be watching so much of it! I rate at an exponentially increasing weight so each subsequent half-star I attribute is worth far more credit than the previous. I am currently considering increasing the value of each half-star point below three stars and also the four-and-a-half star step specifically, this will be a gradual process but may result in some disparity between series value comparison (not that anyone cares). I had no intention of picking favourites but BPS is the best anime of all time and it got cut short so it's listed as my number one.
List of factors that I believe should be evaluated in ratings:
And sometimes (generally only when blatantly obvious):