posted on May, 1 2007 @ 10:39 PM
There seems to be several problems with this idea as I see it.
1.) It turns it into a popularity contest. The people with the most buddies will be the winners, whether they are good posters or not.
2.) It seems to establish a system where based on playing the odds. Start as many threads as possible, good , bad or ugly, so you have a greater
chance of getting flags.
3.) It will overlook those who may have really good input, but not as much time to put in to the board. Some people have lives outside the ATS board
(family, work, etc,).
4.) Most of the flags seem to be aligned with certain areas of the ATS. Alien posts seem to get the highest number of flags, but not everyone is
interested in alien thread posting.
5.) Is it possible to deduct for 'warns', etc? It seems to be a bad idea to award people who don't follow the rules of the board. Like a penalty
system for bad behavior.
6.) It will be a test of who can U2 the most friends to solicit flags for their newest post. More threads + more friends = more flags which =
Even if you stick to this award system, maybe a separate award system can be established to recognize quality rather than quantity. Each mod probably
has their own favorite area of interest. Maybe the mods can suggest a monthly 'poster' for their specific area of interest as the poster of the
month based on their quality (documentation, ethics in posting, respect in debates, etc). This type of award might help some of those that don't
have the backing necessary to ever hope to get an award in the arena described above. Also, those that just post, but don't necessarily like to
start threads could also be recognized for their input. You could stipulate that mods could not nominate the same person more than once a year to
avoid favoritism; just as a precaution.
Like previously stated here and by others previously, the applause system is leaving out a lot of ‘posters’ on this board. People who contribute
to this board regularly and are not trouble makers (getting warns, etc.), should also be recognized. Why not give them something like a good
citizenship award? Maybe the most posts in a month with the least warns or other infractions. Check their content for things you frown on like IM