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RE: Proposed XP System Changes

by young perlhopper (Scribe)
on Aug 03, 2000 at 18:57 UTC ( #25986=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Proposed XP System Changes

I'm not sure I like the idea of needing a ++ vote to get any XP for a post. Many times if I post a reply 2 or more levels removed from a root node, it is overlooked and never voted for. Part of this may be because it is useful only to the person who I was replying to, and they may be out of votes or simply choose not to vote for me.

I think one of the goals of any change in the voting system should be to prevent the 'karma whoring' phenomenon seen on slashdot. People who post a hasty reply right below the root node are more likely to get votes simply because they are the first reply people see when they look at the node, and as long as they are somewhat useful and polite, they will get votes. This is not to say that people who write in depth replies that appear much further down the page don't get votes, they often do. But I think we should strive to continue rewarding the latter behavior and possibly even discouraging the former.

Just my .02,

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RE: RE: Proposed XP System Changes
by vroom (Pope) on Aug 03, 2000 at 19:05 UTC
    That's a valid point. I think what we are trying to discourage or at least not encourage is people posting a bunch of ("Me too!","Thank you!","or good point!") responses just to gain XP. Responses like this may be friendly but people shouldn't be able to level up based on the number of posts like this that they make.

    vroom | Tim Vroom |
RE: RE: Proposed XP System Changes
by maverick (Curate) on Aug 03, 2000 at 19:33 UTC
    Also, a lot people come into the converstation late (like me). Most of the readers may have moved on by that point, and thus the chance of being voted one way or another is decreased.

    On the other hand, this would prevent 'idle converstation' posts from giving the poster XP.

    hmmm...would it be possible to have an option for the poster to say whether or not this post should be considered for XP? An honor system way of seperating 'idle converstation' from posts that are supposed to be true contributions?


      Random thoughts:

      This "most of the readers have moved on" problem is probably because they use the individual sections rather than the newest nodes page (just an observation).

      Perhaps if we pointed out to new people how useful it is and more people used it, the inital posts wouldn't get such a boost from being early.

      I know that if I had to trawl through converstaions I'd already read looking for new bits, I would miss an awful lot of good stuff.


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