Quid Pro Quid
This subject has come up in various forms ever since points were implemented (well before my time).
Back in my Councilor days we discussed this quite a bit, and I'm sure the current Councilors are mindful of the issue as well.
What has emerged so far is that points do in fact form the basis for the ATS economy, but that the economy is carefully managed by the site
administrators -- particularly our beloved, benevolent SkepticOverlord
Since points are intended to be awarded for things considered meritorious and worthy of encouragement, making them transferable to other members
would, in a single stroke, undermine the entire economy.
Aside from that, the number of ways such transfers could be abused is limited only by the imagination and resourcefulness of those who would abuse
them – in other words, an infinite number.
So unless there has been or will be a dramatic change in the thinking behind points, I doubt we'll see transferability of points anytime soon.
However, that doesn't mean they aren't worth accumulating.
He Who Has The Gold...
One of the other things that came to light during the last session of Council is the fact that points are what will pay for “public improvements”
in the ATS family of websites.
Councilor Lysergic, for example, was the Councilor who successfully proposed and got funding for converting to the new point system, which added BTS
and PTS to the point economy. That was a landmark occasion, and despite the fact that it may make points seem more complex, the inclusion of BTS and
PTS was and remains a big deal.
In the future, we can expect more “public works” projects to come up for funding, and when they do, members who wish to support them can “vote
with their pocketbook”.
Thus, those members who have more points will tend to have more influence over how ATS evolves. Eerily like the “real world”, isn't it?
At least, that's the theory. In practice, these things take time, and one of the hardest jobs for any Councilor is getting the kinks worked out of
new ideas and proposals.
After all, new features need to be improvements
over old ones, and considering how much has already gone into the design of ATS, that's not
In any case, my advice is to be patient, stay in touch with your Councilors and hang on to those points.
Because you never know...