I don't want to make a whine post, but I'm trying to understand the immense point differences between users on ATS.
I'm constantly seeing people who have hundreds of points, up to a few thousand, then a fairly large dead zone in the middle and suddenly people with
hundreds of thousands of points at the top end. I have to ask - How are people getting this many points? Is there some way to almost exploit the
system? Or have they been accumulated over 5 years?
You get very few points for replying (which I find fairly lame, because I personally prefer to read and jump in/out of many threads rather
than focus on making a new one up)
and I can't imagine how it is possible for members to get so many points this way. You certainly get more
from creating threads, but unless you're making new threads every day in every ATS board and having them become hits, I just can't see how it's
To be honest, deep down I want to complain because RATS is such an intriguing forum for me and the other little perks such as backgrounds are
appealing to me, but seeing them be so ridiculously difficult to obtain is offputting.
I specifically bring up RATS too, because where in all the other cases you can say points aren't important (they're just cosmetic after all!) not
being a RATS member means you're missing out on the best stuff.
I can't imagine how long it'll take me to reach 5000, I've been lucky in
getting some applause lately (thanks mods!) but that's a bit of a freak thing for me and I'm sure many others.
Then there's the 250 point upkeep cost which is actually a lot if you're replying or not refreshing ATS all day/making new threads. I guess I don't
like it too much because I almost feel like it'll become a matter of finding a way around the system and exploiting it/abusing it. I'd be hard
pressed to grab 250 points for RATS every month right now without flukes such as applause and I'm sure many other people would be too. Yet I feel
it's just a case of sticking around until I learn what people want to read about, then abusing this to get my upkeep each month.
Having found out what sort of threads get responses (hint: alarmist threads :duh
I could always use this to rake in points if I needed to. Now
ordinarily this wouldn't be neccessary, but with that stupid upkeep and the harsh 5000 in the first place it becomes tempting. As I said, without
making threads for the sake of getting points I'd ordinarily have no chance in hell of getting into RATS and supporting it, despite how much time I
spend on ATS.
I hold back from doing this sort of stuff now because I think it's wrong, I think it lowers the quality of the board overall. There's already enough
waste to sort through every day on here without me contributing to it, but I hope people can see how this system encourages users, at least initially
before they've purchased what they want, to exploit it and make wasteful posts.
Well, I started asking a question and now I'm on a rant. What do you think? Am I just a whiner?
If the system is fine, why am I struggling to get
points? Should I just resort to making up stories like many others seem to be doing on this board daily? Should I throw out obnoxious threads such as
"RELIGION: THE SCUM OF THE EARTH" just because I know it'll rake in 10,000 angry or supportive replies?
I don't know.
I hope I'm not being too critical of ATS, I really, really enjoy the site but this has been nagging at my mind and many members touched on it in the
FAQ, but were not replied to as far as I could see.
[edit on 30/3/08 by Duality]