posted on Sep, 17 2008 @ 11:31 PM
reply to post by jpm1602
I compeletely agree.
And getting very few stars while making lots of posts means you are doing a good job making people question themselves. People don't like when you
To me the points system is mostly a system of recognition. People with the most points get more recognition, more praise, and more attention when
they start a new thread (generally). And when someone with ALOT of points starts a thread, sometimes 3 or 4 people will make a one-line post saying
something like "Good post! Starred and flagged!" and then they get like 10 stars for saying that... WHICH DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. If you are going
to give stars, give it to the person who is making the good argument/post.. They shouldn't be going to someone else who is simply giving someone
praise for THEIR good post. But that's really how the star system bleeds over into other posts. If you have a thread with, say, 10 pages.. The
first couple pages will almost always have alot more stars than any of the other pages. That means more people are reading certain parts of the
thread than others, and that means that certain people are more LIKELY to get stars on, say, page 1 than they would on page 9 (just as an example)..
Seeing how the same people post to new threads over and over makes me think that some people actually sit and wait on ATS for new threads to come out
so they can be the first to comment. There isn't anything wrong with that but it does seem kind of silly to me.. I have VERY VERY rarely gotten in
on a popular thread on the first 2 pages.. I just don't see the importance of having to be the first to respond.. And many times I will watch how a
thread unfolds before even commenting at all. Some people miss important parts of the discussion. That's what annoys me.. It isn't so much the
people making the posts it is what they post.. And sometimes people simply don't do the research necessary to make a valid post backed up with
sources and uncommon logic. I'm simply rambling here but it is something to keep in mind..
In my view giving points is more important because you can give people recognition who wouldn't normally receive it. That's the beauty of the
system but it isn't without its flaws. Honestly, more people are going to read a thread started by someone with LOTS of points than someone with
only a few who started the same thread with the same content.. That's just the way it works though and it is all because of the points system giving
people recognition for their efforts over the long haul.
It's good and bad.. Because if you have been on ATS long enough to have that kind of point tally, people are going to respect you more on the boards
and people are going to generally pay more attention to your posts. It's an incentive. But the downside is the people with low point counts who
want to get more involved on ATS but can't get anybody to respond to their threads..That can be frustrating.
[edit on 17-9-2008 by BlasteR]