With rating and ranking system, this means that you won't, or hardly, obtain funding for other research projects because you didn't get results and publication from your other projects (so you are bad according to this flaw system). You won't get funding unless you are known and well supported by a strong network. This is unfair.
Anyway another topic, related to the system how money is given to scientists (by merits, networks, connections, applications, whatever) :
IMO a bigger problem is, that money is more and more given to mainstream projects and that good ideas or exceptionally ideas that might not work or are a bit or more than a bit off the mainstream ideas, are not supported. Funding usually supports only "streamlined", conformist research and scientists only submit quite safe research plans then to have a better chance. So unusual ideas and new paths are rarely supported and have a comparative low chance to be done. Finally science is quite homogenised and "fashions" of research topics are done by most people, which is an impoverishment for science.
How we can judge the goodness and streamline of research projects in advance?
Even some projects may seem unrealistic or utopic, they might give à posteriori good results and open new avenues for research!
Re-search means doing search again and again, which implies that we may spend a lot of time and money but find nothing!
This is why scientific search is called research (do search again since you didn't find anything this time!), right?
So, have we to stop searching ;
1) because there is no money <=> because we haven't published <=> because some ideas or projects weren't fruitful?
Why then we do search and research?
The problem with many funding agencies, institutions or job recruiters is that they apparently don't know what does mean the word RESEARCH!
For them, if you search you must find, brilliant results!
This is just ridiculous, otherwise we wouldn't call it research.
So, linking always money and funding, or finding position... to publications record, rating or reputation...is simply absurd and doesn't make sense in a domain called re- re-, re-, re-, search