Refine the reputation system: allow individual users to totally disable it; also disallow negative reputation points; and then take another poll on whether or not the reputation comments should be anonymous.
Do away with the whole thing. No more reputation points, comments, etc. for anyone.
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I find it distracting, and that it also spurs competition. Let alone that I never could figure out how it works. I'm new here and maybe once I understood it I'd like it better, but at this point my opinion is, end it, don't mend it.
I say keep it. If you got rid of it because of all the reasons listed above, then those same reasons could be used for the forums as a whole, friends lists, webcam chatting, and sooooooo many other things.
If there is someone that has a problem with a rep they received or lack of rep they think they should receive...it seems to me that may be a pride or self-control issue for that individual person.
I do think that if you are going to give someone negative rep for a post they have made, then you should state a reason as to why you gave it. I think of it more as food for thought than someone bashing on my thoughts. Not EVERYONE on this site is going to agree with what I think....I need to be a grown up about it and realize that. (so does everyone else.)
I think one confusing issue for people is that the number of rep points they have received does not match their rep power. I have never fully understood that either.
I say we keep the rep, like NanaBean said, it is fun to read comments made and is just another way to interact with one another.
(so I chose on the poll to keep it...but did not exactly agree with how you would refine it I guess...those things can be worked out later I suppose.)
I believe rep points to be nothing more than a popularity thing. While there are some people here that deserve some sort of recognition for giving good advice or resolving conflicts or whatever else, the rep point system is misleading, however, i don't have a good alternative, so keep it, but know that it really doesn't mean anything.
I think it if it kept there should be the option of disabling it.
And in my opinion there is a way without the rep system to leave someone an encouraging comment. You can send them a private email or even leave them a wall post if they have that function enabled or just leave a reply in the thread itself saying, "hey great post!. I just don't see why all that has to be tangled in with a points system that really doesn't mean squat and ends up giving some folks either confusion or hurt feelings.
In my most wise yet most humblest of opinions of course.
FYI, there's an alternative to the Rep. system - the Thanks button. I'm not sure it's better though, but it comes in handy for those times the reader wants to laud a good post without adding "amens" to the thread. [AJAX] Post Thank You Hack - vBulletin.org Forum
1still_waters is wonderful to listen to ? .. since when? lol
On a site I used to be a member of the rep points were basically just popularity points. The more liked you were, the more points you had. On here it seems like the rep points actually have some merit to them.
Hi 1Still_waters......I've thought about this and yes, even prayed to have the right words to post about it. I would not consider myself to be overly sensitive, and to be honest with you, if I were to get neg points (comments) for a post, I wouldn't "take it to heart". (but it may "bug" me till they at least "dissappear" from the list of top seven(?) rep comments. hahaha) However, if they were comments of the caliber others have posted that they have recieved ....including but not exclusively, "mean" "offensive" "abrasive" "abusive" then you can bet my feelings would be hurt! There is a difference between "taking it too serious" and being hurt over something said in truly nasty terms. I can understand there is no need to be proud of excessive rep points, nor a need to be upset over the lack of rep points either one. I don't have an issue with the points themselves....I do feel however, that one person should not be able to leave a rude comment to another fellow christian without then having be accountable for it. All I want from all of this is that the "owner" of a comment posted be known to the person he/she is being negative to.
HUH!!! I think you are pretty special! You are exactly what I like, someone who knows what they think and dont tip toe around what scripture says to apease what people like to passively hold as truth in spite of it being contrary to scripture. You are a part of the body of Christ that is so very important... very important indeed is challenging another believer in what they hold as truth & in using scripture to back that. & with this post I will add rep points to everyone who's posted in this thread :0).
oh & i cant wait to be a 8 square girl who people like to listen to lol!
hee hee... I just found out that we can give out too much rep in 24 hours so to those who posted on page one... well i'll have to add to your rep another day! Love & laughter to you all.
I think it needlessly divides this community into those who have been here longer than others and therefore have had the opportunity to say popular things, and creates the impression that you have to earn your place here and work your way up the points system to get respect. That's the impression I got when I first came here. Some churches are like this unfortunately, where you are only accepted after having been there a while. All Christians are equal in God's eyes and there should be nothing that ranks or rates us unevenly.
That being said, this was a great post and I deserve rep points.
Ill leave this to Jesus. I see good for both sides of the request.
It can give the reader some confidence in the value of the post.
But to value one over another? In Jesus ,this just causes me to question the cost.
In Jesus, God bless.
Its really not that complicated, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life we are called to!
The Joy of the Lord is your streangth!
Sorry to post a third time to this thread, but I'd like to refine my earlier remarks.
In prayer last evening, I realized that the "Thanks" system that I mentioned suffers from the same problem as the Reps system, in that publishing the count on the board carries the tendency to distract and divide. So I don't think that's a real answer, though it could still be considered on its own merits.
But today I viewed my profile and saw for the first time how the Rep system works behind the scenes, and frankly I like that part of it. It's a good way to affirm what someone posts, with or without a note, and by default anonymously, without disturbing the public thread itself. I still don't understand the relation between points and power, but that's another issue.
So maybe one solution would be to keep the Rep system as a way to privately encourage people who make the effort to write quality posts, but to turn off the public display of Rep power, which is the part I find negative and distracting. I try to judge each post on its merits, not on who's posting, and seeing the Power on every post is to me like setting up a hierarchy.
since when does Cranky have Rep? haha his has alwayz been a single black box!
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"Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.'" Acts 10:34-35