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Toddy

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That's another good idea :) and it has the benefit of being slowly accumulative and thus more likely a true representation of the thread's value :D

Another idea to be passed to Admin :approve:

cheers,
M
 

Suffolksteve

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Personally I really like the idea of a thanks button, I am not a regular poster because I don't always feel I can add to conversation but I appreciate the huge amount of info and the time it takes to put it together and it would be nice if I could express that without clogging up the thread or having half my posts saying thanks.

For example I have spent hours looking at waylands ravenlore site and I am consistently trying to "borrow" his good ideas, so in the absence of a thanks button - Cheers! It is appreciated!

Maybe have a thank you button that doesn't show up on their signature or page like the posts count does but to their profile or so that only the user being thanked can see it. That way it might stop the cliques from abusing a new toy.

I wasn't around when the last thing was abused so maybe I am being naive.
 

Wayland

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Thanks Steve, that is exactly the kind of thing I'm concerned by, there are hundreds of user that visit the site but hardly ever post for diverse reasons.

I think a low effort, low commitment way of showing appreciation could be a valuable thing and encourage new posters. The old hands like myself don't really need it if I'm honest but I would like a simple way to say well done occasionally without clogging the thread with posts that don't really add much.
 

sasquatch

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I'm surprised by the amount of negativity this has produced.

Maybe it's not a good idea to be nice to people after all.
It's not a case of not being nice Gary, on another forum I frequent all you see is people thanking others that have nothing to add to be seen rimming someone else. It's one of the few things that I detest on there as I don't care who thanks who for what, it's completely lost it's meaning now. If a certain person says something facetious in response to an honest post you get clingers on thanking him for being a tit!

I can see where you're coming from but on this other particular forum it just doesn't work and causes uneeded clutter. It's a great idea but hard to keep on track in practice, I'd hate to see BCUK go the same way!
 
Personally my opinion is, that none of us do this for the thanks it would earn, we do this because our love of the subject. If a post garners us praise then great, if it doesn't, them we can only hope that even a small few found it helpful, and move on to the next....

we thats the way I look at it anyway
 

Martyn

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As far as I'm aware, the Thanks bit uses up less space then a thread reply.

<Shrugs>
You think? Look here....

http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21172

The first post has a half screen sized list of names and pretty much every post in the thread has a sub-post thanking that too.

Are peoples ego's really so fragile that they need this? Thank you ....no thank you ....no really, thank you. Can I thank you too ...I'm Spartacus! :rolleyes:
 
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demographic

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You think? Look here....

http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21172

The first post has a half screen sized list of names and pretty much every post in the thread has a sub-post thanking that too.

Are peoples ego's really so fragile that they need this? Thank you ....no thank you ....no really, thank you. Can I thank you too ...I'm Spartacus! :rolleyes:
Err, well... Usually..

Anyway I was meaning in a taking up space in a forum memory kind of way, not a screen space way.

That forum does seem to be bolloxing it up though.
 

Wayland

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The example is a very popular thread and a poor example of abuse.

A lot of people thanking the original poster for a very useful thread and the OP thanking people that took the trouble to actually respond. What's so bad about that?

We've already suggested alternative systems that may suit this forum better but I still maintain that there is room for a low effort, low commitment way of showing appreciation.
 

shaggystu

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The example is a very popular thread and a poor example of abuse.........
i think it was more an example of how cluttered the thanks button can make things wayland, that's way i read it anyway.

as for the rest of your message that i've snipped, i think most people are actually fairly agreeable to the idea of some form of "low effort, low commitment way of showing appreciation". what we seem to have got a little bogged down with is the idea of the BCUSA style thanks button, which quite a few people (myself included) really don't like. there's been quite a few suggestions as to how we could implement some sort of system, it's probably just a case now of working out which one we'd like to try and then talking the admins into trialling it. if it doesn't work then fine, the forum gets updated fairly regularly (at least it seems that way to me), surely it wouldn't be too hard to add/remove some sort of thanks function during such an update.

stuart
 
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Harvestman

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There's been some very sensible suggestions made in this thread, and its definitely worth looking at a few of them for the admins, I suspect. My opinion? It ain't broke, so don't try to fix it.

Good discussion though. :)
 

Martyn

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The example is a very popular thread and a poor example of abuse.
It was an example of clutter rather than abuse, and please note, that the thanks button doesnt replace the "thankyou, well done, nice one" posts, they are there as well as, not instead of. Also, the issue of clutter gets worse the larger the forum. BcUSA has 11,000 members, BcUK has 22,000. As far as I can see, the only benefit is some kind of feel good factor if it's used properly. The negatives are many and have the potential to be quite destructive if abused - which it definitely would be. The cost to benefit ratio doesnt balance.
 
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