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Discussion in 'Suggestions, bugs and feedback about the site' started by Whittler Kev, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. BearInTheWoods

    BearInTheWoods New Member

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    On the other hand, it can prevent threads growing to a daunting size ('I haven't got an hour to spend reading all those pages' I sometimes think) with lots of posts quoting another post and adding 'Well said' or 'I agree' or 'Quite right'. If you want to express agreement with someone's point of view but have nothing to add to it, it's a space-saving way of doing it.

    Just my two pennyworth.
     
  2. leon-1

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    To be honest I like the thanks system as a member of the forum.

    However as a mod I do remember how the system was abused last time it was used on here. I also remember the amount of hassle it caused and the amount of time it took to sort out. There was a large amount of bad feeling that was generated and factions that formed.

    That was not the reason for creating this forum, this forum was created to form a community.

    As a mod or an admin because of this I am not in favour of a thanks button.

    Fora are there as places of discussion, I like people to discuss things, as a result there are always going to be a miriad of opinions, some of which will align with others, some will not. Some people do not post, some do. We all however enjoy the discussion even when we don't necessarily agree with anothers point of view. This also a method of learning and expanding our breadth of knowledge.

    All posts are worthy of thanks even when we don't agree. Why?? Because this expands our knowledge, not just of the subject, but also the standpoints of a subject. This is a place for discussion. It doesn't matter if you're an old hand or a new one, asking a question that others know the answer to is informative because although the old hands may sit back and say "We've covered this before", others will have the good grace to answer, those who didn't ask that question and didn't know the answer will also then be informed. Keeping uptodate with subject matter is important, there are discoveries to do with primitive skills all the time and there are those who seek to innovate and improve on that which we already know.

    Typing a quick "Thank You" is not a lot to ask.
     
  3. BearInTheWoods

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    Since making my last post and reading the above, now I remember, on one forum people tried to use their respective numbers of 'likes' as a way of countering disagreement. V. odd to see supposed adults basically saying 'nyah' at each other.

    The mods dealt with it by banning them all for a week.
     
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    The problem we had was with the rep system, thanks / likes went towards the reputation of a member. There were a number of factions that formed on here, bigging up their friends. As part of the system you were asked why? you gave reputation / thanks for a post that were visible to the mods and admin. Answers like "Because you're a mate", "because I can" and "thanks for the thanks, have this in return" were all common. It was however very clear that this ran in specific circles. The posts were identified as part of the log and when you reviewed what the posts were a lot were for nothing at all.

    The people that lost out were the new members of the forum and people that used the system legitimately. Others that lost out were those that gained their reputation through good posts, the likes of Toddy, British Red, Rik_uk3 and Wayland.

    I have seen likes and thanks interpreted in the same way as the rep system and if the system isn't working properly then it's better not to have it at all. I think that was pretty much the final conclusion on here.
     

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