I'm using the WP-Ratings plugin which uses the Wordpress built in custom fields to save values of ratings. The name of the custom field is ratings_score. I want to ask if each post has a specific rating. What I'm doing is inside the loop doing following:

<?php $rating = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'ratings_score', false); ?> 

<?php if ( $rating == 2 ) ) { ?>
<?php } ?>

But it does not work. Am I doing it wrong? I also tried to ask if ( $rating == '2' ) but thats the same issue. There are definately posts which have 2 as value of ratings_score

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$rating = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'ratings_score', false); 

You will notice that you get an array, even if your ratings_score is 2. To wit:

array(1) {
  string(1) "2"

That will never equal 2 so your condition will never work.

The third parameter of get_post_meta() if set to true will collapse that array to a scalar, and that will work.

$rating = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'ratings_score', true); 

Note that if your post has multiple ratings_scores you will only get one of them and it may not be the one you want.

To make this work with multiple ratings_score entries use:

$rating = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'ratings_score', false); 

if (in_array(2,$rating)) {
  echo 'found it';

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