SmokinV10 said:Maybe the post counter should be removed from such a prominent position.<hr /></blockquote>
Sounds familiar. Only those who do not "know" who everyone is would, IMHO, really care about the post count...so why all the whoring? No matter how many posts you may have, Smokin used for example ONLY, it does not change (good or bad) what you contribute, or how you do it. Only a passerby would likely care about that number....me thinks. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
SmokinV10 said:Well strangely it does matter. For example lets say someone with 30 posts over a year says something and has a strong opinion about it. Although his/her opinion may be valid, having only 30 posts over an entire year tells the members that this person is not highly active on the board. Moreover, due to their low board activity, they may not understand the personalities of the board and the reasons things are done. Whereas someone who has 800 posts in a year is a lot more active. Personally i think clownshoe has a good point in worrying about the post whoring. But i also think that the counter is a good thing. <hr /></blockquote>
I guess well agree to disagree. Lets say I only have 45 post by this time next year. But you see....I "lurk" (I guess is the term) here EVERY day. Your assumption is that I will not have a feeling for the personalities? LOL! At the other extreme....take someone who posts a ton, and this time next year has 3000 posts. Sadly, these 3000 posts were on par with red5 and his goat-fucking agenda (in other words...3000 posts that contributed little to the board). What do those 3000 posts mean to you? Like I said...if one is a regular here, the number does not matter because everyone already has judged the person's content. I know...at times I make a good argument for both sides! /images/graemlins/smile.gif I find it kinda funny that this discussion takes place though.....it was about three years ago that it was already discussed. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
A year from now with my 45 posts (hypothetically), it would be better if my content was judged. As long as the message is not troll-like, and is actually offering something of value (much like this post). My post count really won't mean much...other than the fact that I READ more than WRITE. Sucks that it is Sunday already! /images/graemlins/frown.gif
BTW....sorry to interject...but how do you get spellcheck to actually update the text in the box??? /images/graemlins/smile.gif
CitySnake said:Would someone explain to a simpleton the use of the "user rating"? What's to stop someone from lowering another's rating out of anger? And if so, then what's the true value of a "user rating" system. <hr /></blockquote>
BINGO! It has the same value as the post count....none (IMHO). This is a close-knit group....what does Smokin's (as an example) post count or little stars mean to you City? Or you packet? Not one damn thing.
Is it your contention that they benefit the new people? LOL...in previous posts you have alluded to the fact that YOU (the board as a whole) want to use them to ujudge how much "weight" you should give a particular post. You are going in circles me thinks. You all know who you are, you know who is new, don't try to fool me. At the end of the day just what do the stars and post counts do for you?
If it helps you feel better about your station in life....good for you! /images/graemlins/smile.gif Personally...I don't need the stars to tell me one thing about any of you...I've lurked long enough. As for newbies....well....lets just say that IMO they might be more inclined to lurk a bit longer, and get the feel for things, before jumping in. And we'll know who they are, won't we?
Seems like another thing that says "Hey, look at me...I have XXXX posts", or "XXX stars". Kinda funny how we have evolved back to square-one. LOL