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originally posted by: MarlinGrace
a reply to: charles1952
This is a great idea.. And no kidding you get the first spot. You are always respectful, right about the time I am losing my temper.
originally posted by: charles1952
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe
My super secret, inside contacts slipped me a copy of your comments. Ha, HAH! But you haven't fooled me, this a misinformation operation to hide your uber evil persona and lull me into a false sense of security. (Thanks, anyway.)
But a serious question. Did I post this at the wrong time? I was hoping to see a little more from the Mods. Anyway, the idea's out there now and I hope it gets a following. I think we all get tired of being yelled at, insulted, and berated. Anything to slow that down is a big plus in my mind.
I do know, personally, of one woman member who told me that she just had to leave. She said she couldn't take the abuse. This was a poster I had come to know and respect, and I believe it was a loss to the community. She said her departure was permanent, but I suspect most of us have had to take a vacation from some of the craziness. I'd really like to try to fix that, even if it's only in a small way.
To my old, crotchety ears, that sounds a little like a participation trophy. If almost all of the contestants are winners, what does winning mean? It should mean "These are the people who have achieved a difficult goal. They have done well, beyond what is normally seen. The performances have special meaning, they have been judged to be outstanding. That level of performance is worth striving for."
I really do think that everyone that takes their membership seriously here, is a hall-of-famer.
That's true, of course. I'm suggesting that instead of just deleting the bad, we should lift up the good. It would tell the membership, from the staff, "This is what we mean by respectful and meaningful dialog. That's your example in action."
We contribute what we can, when we can.
We've seen threads screaming about the racism of some group or another, or completely silly threads pile up dozens of flags. That's a popularity contest, or a measure of how many agree with the OP. Nothing about decorum. Number of posts doesn't address the subject either. I agree that applause can count, but there should be a bit more.
Aside from that, honours could be rated by number of flags, number of posts or number of applause - combination of all? ATS already does that.
Thats why we don't have a "hall of fame" per se, but you can seek out the most flagged/starred threads if you wish, and the current top threads are shown on the "top" page.
A good thread can come from anyone, be they old or new member alike. The best posts get the recognition they deserve already