is there any way to upgrade without losing ratings? I have over 200 reviews, I can't afford to lose editor or user ratings, there must be a way?
What are you trying to upgrade to/from? Are you changing themes? Updating your theme? Updating WordPress?
Upgrading from flavor to implicit, I was seriously considering but at the moment that loss is mega. I would lose 1000s of user ratings and a lot of editor ratings which I don't fancy filling out.
I'd recommend not updating then.
Is there a more advanced way to get past this issue?
I'm sure with some work you could convert over the values within the code, I'm just not sure exactly what all that would entail. Elto is a great resource for developers to help you with this.
I used to upgrade from Flavor (or Steam but it had mini sites features) to Explicit and didn't lost my editor ratings, can't say anything about user ratings since I didn't enable them at the time.
Followed your FAQ but it was indeed time consuming.
Ah, i'll keep this in mind for when I'm a little bit richer!