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Old 06-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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In any forum community, reputation is sought after by many users. Reputation gives you that warm and fuzzy that you did something right or helped somebody in some way. Now, I'm not looking for rep, because frankly, I was pwnd. lol No really though, I just wanted to drop a note to all the members that when we do get new members, be on the lookout for where they help out. I've come across a few posts that newer members have helped or solved a problem and yet they have no positive reputation. I believe that it will drive continued use of the forums as it's that pat on the back saying thank you from the forum community or whoever left the positive reputation. So, when you see the newer members without rep or low rep, give em a hand. We've lost a lot of our senior members and only a select few have x thousand rep points*. Let's see if we can get an entire community of high rep'd users (Contingent upon them helping of course )

*Those select few are of course rockstars, but let's get MOAR!!!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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i like getting rep, makes me feel like i helped.

i like the idea of more rep for the newbies, as well as more for us lot ^_^
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*Those select few are of course rockstars, but let's get MOAR!!!!
I used to be a rock star. . .
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:03 AM   #4
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I used to be a rock star. . .
You still are a rock star! Without a doubt! I don't need to check your reputation level to know that!

Rock on Atomic Rooster!
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The rep system is incomplete, however...

If you get people handing out rep regularly, you end up with massive inflation. Then the top people tend to stop handing out rep.

vBulletin really needs to implement dial-a-rep: when handing out rep, you get to select how much rep to give out, from 0 to your max allowable.

This reduces inflation and makes the reputation system work a lot better.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:54 AM   #6
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Another option would be adding the "Give Thanks" button which would be almost the same as reputation but that would really be a thanks.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:05 AM   #7
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I used to be a rock star. . .
And you still are in my book

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The rep system is incomplete, however...

If you get people handing out rep regularly, you end up with massive inflation. Then the top people tend to stop handing out rep.

vBulletin really needs to implement dial-a-rep: when handing out rep, you get to select how much rep to give out, from 0 to your max allowable.

This reduces inflation and makes the reputation system work a lot better.
I wonder if this is even possible on VB... it's certainly an excellent idea...
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I wonder if this is even possible on VB... it's certainly an excellent idea...
It's been working over at the Dev Shed group of forums for years.
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I've seen a Thanks mod used on a vB forum, but I don't know where to get it. If it adds to the user's rep, then it would definitely be a good idea.
As for adjusting how much rep to give, that would be cool, but that would also make us lose the benefit rep receivers get when a user with a lot of positive rep gives them some.

Another cool thing to see is + and - buttons on a post, which would make it a lot easier to rep people, like on IP.Board.
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It's been working over at the Dev Shed group of forums for years.
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I've seen a Thanks mod used on a vB forum, but I don't know where to get it. If it adds to the user's rep, then it would definitely be a good idea.
As for adjusting how much rep to give, that would be cool, but that would also make us lose the benefit rep receivers get when a user with a lot of positive rep gives them some.

Another cool thing to see is + and - buttons on a post, which would make it a lot easier to rep people, like on IP.Board.
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The Stack Exchange network of websites has a good way of dealing with reputation. You get points for answering questions, accepting answers etc. The more points you have, the more rights you are allowed on the site. Although Stack Overflow etc aren't exactly forums....
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The Stack Exchange network of websites has a good way of dealing with reputation. You get points for answering questions, accepting answers etc. The more points you have, the more rights you are allowed on the site. Although Stack Overflow etc aren't exactly forums....
It's a brilliant system in my view, though it is geared towards asking single questions and getting the best answer rather than building a community. I can be damn sure though if I post a good question on SO I'll have a good few answers in the space of half an hour, and generally speaking they'll be constantly edited to make them better. Then again, SO does have a much, much bigger user base than here (and the vast majority of other forums!)

I agree with the OP though, handing out rep to new users that have helped should probably happen more (and I'm not excluding myself from this either!) It'd be good to see some new "up and coming stars" around here
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