posted on Dec, 21 2009 @ 03:28 PM
reply to post by Agree2Disagree
The political forums are probably even worse. But I don't even bother to go into those. Stars and Flags are all about playing on peoples biases
in all sections.
I just don't worry about them. It's kind of funny, but I can write a rather lengthy post with information in it, and not get a single star from
other people. But then I get 500 points from a mod who actually read the post and such. The majority of my points have easily came from mods,
rather than users(and not because i'm easy on the mods, or buddy buddy with them either).
The problem is - what can ATS really do about it? The 2 sections things bothers me, but in terms of ranking what is important what other
alternative is there? If you just allow the mods to do it, then people will cry bias(and have reason too). And if you allow the users to bump up
things, then in most cases it's all about people's biases as well.
Even if you just use the most active threads, you will get the same thing really. As the "I'm an alien come to help you" threads will still get
lots of action.
In the end, all a person can really do is recognize that stars and flags have little to no value overall. Or users can start to star and flag better
posts. I personally rarely star and flag. I don't normally think about it. The only time I do star and flag is when I just really really
agree with someone - but isn't that the problem in itself?