You shouldn't have to do that @ComcastJessie. I would create a support ticket and ask support to have a look at your ranking structure. There is obviously something wrong with your setup. You need to have a good look at your ranking formulas.
For all users who previously registered before you made the changes, you could do a bulk role assignment via a CSV file (user report). See https://community.lithium.com/t5/Roles-and-permissions/Import-user-roles-from-a-CSV-file/ta-p/24276
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