Some of you may have seen my post on how to add rating field to MOSS search results,
Since than I have had several customers that wanted to allow their users to sort the search resutls by that rating field, and not by the relevance / date (Even though I explained that this will break the MOSS search relevance mechanism).
Be that as it may, after searching the web - I managed to locate several "free tools" that does that, but I was determined to find a more simple solution that did not involve downloading/executing any out side code on my server.
Finally, I found that this can be done by a very simple change to the XSL of the main search results body web part (the same one we modified in the previouse post).
Simply replace this statement in the XSL:
With this one:
You might want to allow the user to sort by relevance / date and rating, and not only rating. In that case you should use the actions web part above the main search resutls web part and add a new option there to specify when it should sort by rating and not do it hard-coded in the results XSL web part.
Hope this helps,