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The Reputation System
10-26-2014, 12:47 PM (This post was last modified: 10-26-2014 12:51 PM by Seshomaru.)
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The Reputation System
I get the feeling that this will be a bit controversial because I know that people like to be able to 'rate' a user's worth on the forum through positive or negative reputation. However, I feel this system isn't being used properly, or as intended, and actually causes a lot of issues. I'll list down the problems I see with it now, and then offer some possible solutions that I feel would mend the issues we have with it. This will be a bit lengthy, but please read through it all before criticising.


Problems with the System:
  • People tend to use it for revenge or 'pay back' if another user down-reps them or disagrees with their opinion on the forum.
    This just creates unnecessary conflict and is unfair. If we want to down-rep someone for legitimate reasons, we might refrain from doing so at the risk of the user getting butthurt and returning the negative rep without proper reason.
  • Due to things like what was mentioned above, the overall points system becomes inaccurate. What's the point of having it if it isn't going to be an accurate representation of how members of the forum view the user's content?
  • Why should members be allowed to publicly put someone down in this way? This is the first forum I have visited where users can actually put down one another as a part of the system. In all other places I have visited, putting down a user, in any way, is discouraged. There's a reason that even Facebook doesn't have a dislike button. It is my belief that it would be nicer if members could only express encouragement or positivity to other members, rather than negativity. If they have nothing nice to express, they keep it to themselves! This is my main point.
  • Members tend to use it as their own way of moderation, but shouldn't that be up to the Staff? Members should not have to be rating users this way, especially when they aren't really fit to be the ones judging behaviour on the forum; otherwise they wouldn't be in this usergroup. If members want to help out the forum, they can already report posts.

Overall, I feel it causes unnecessary tension and isn't something we need nor something we should be in control of.


Now, for a solution!

Of course, the obvious way to fix it would be to just completely get rid of it, but there are some alternatives.
  • Remove the ability to place a negative vote, but neutrals can still stay. This basically limits the possible impact it can have on a user to either, "you're a great member!" or "idk, you're a bit if-y sometimes."
  • The identity of a member who leaves a rating on a user's profile is hidden (or can choose to have it be anonymous). The issue with this is that anyone could say something nasty and get away with it, but at least it would allow some people to give a fair rating without fear of being attacked by the user.
  • This would be a complete overhaul, but why not move from judging the user, to actually judging their posts. This links in with another suggestion I made, but why don't we just allow users to be able to thank or upvote individual posts? Some have argued that this could be abused, but if a rule is simply made against thank-spamming, I'm sure it wouldn't become a large issue.

So there's my thoughts and my suggestions.
I want to ask the community to give me some feedback on this and address any issues or amendments that could be made with what I have said.

This is something I feel very strongly about, so I ask you to remain respectful when discussing it. I understand some people may feel differently than I do, but I ask that you debate with reason; not with feelings.

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The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 10-26-2014 12:47 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-26-2014, 12:52 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Tally - 10-26-2014, 06:20 PM
RE: The Reputation System - troll2 - 10-27-2014, 02:32 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-27-2014, 02:50 AM
RE: The Reputation System - This Is Fun - 10-27-2014, 03:17 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Mageg - 10-27-2014, 06:28 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 10-27-2014, 06:35 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Mageg - 10-27-2014, 06:46 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Crocovip88 - 10-27-2014, 07:55 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-27-2014, 06:47 PM
RE: The Reputation System - This Is Fun - 10-27-2014, 10:59 PM
RE: The Reputation System - tenchi - 10-28-2014, 03:46 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-28-2014, 06:39 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 10-28-2014, 07:02 AM
RE: The Reputation System - tenchi - 10-29-2014, 09:09 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-29-2014, 11:55 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 10-29-2014, 02:31 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 11-03-2014, 08:26 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 11-03-2014, 09:53 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 12-04-2014, 06:22 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Vexis - 12-04-2014, 07:28 AM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 12-04-2014, 02:19 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 12-04-2014, 05:25 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Inuyasha - 12-04-2014, 06:13 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Vexis - 12-04-2014, 08:00 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Grim-Cat - 12-04-2014, 08:57 PM
RE: The Reputation System - Seshomaru - 12-05-2014, 06:36 AM

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