Originally posted by airspoon
I noticed that the "new formula" for WATS doesn't seem to be based heavily on thread starters at all, as apparently high flag numbers no longer
matter, at least as much as before.
edit on 27-10-2010 by airspoon because: I'll keep that comment to myself for now
I am guessing that the new WATS system is not based on an average of flags per thread or the overall number of flags a person has but likely works
Threads with 01-10 flags = . 25 points
Threads with 11-20 flags = .50 points
Threads with 21-30 flags = 1 points
Threads with 31-40 flags = 2 points
Threads with 41-50 flags = 5 points
Threads with 51-100 flags = 10 points
Threads with 101-200 flags = 25 points
Threads with 200 plus flags = 50 points
Though that might not be the precise formula it likely works similir to the old This one is Aware, Deep Thinker, Fine Conspiracist, God like Wisdom
applause system, and the bronze, silver, gold, cosmic content system where you achieve a higher point award for reaching certain levels of flags per
This way members providing quality content are rewarded to a greater distinction than people just providing lots of content.
So where as before picking up 10 to 20 fresh flags spread over 2 or 3 threads or even 10 to 20 threads might have picked up another 1 or 2 points now
that likely would only pick you up .25 to .50 points.
Members flagging your existing threads won't actually increase your point count until the number of flags on that specific thread hit the next spread
However if you have a thread that say has 200 flags, and someone adds that 201st flag then your score would zoom up by 25 points. (This is probably
why the precise formula is not being revealed so people can't game the system in that way, but I highly urge all members who haven't read my great
threads on The Skull and Bones322 and the New Health Care Bill, or my Tax Day April 15th the day the London Bankers Celebrate Lincolns Death, or How I
have responded to 5 census enumorators, or my Obama wants to infiltrate the Internet Thread, to really check out these great quality threads)
I think this is a much better system personally, and ideally will encourage some of the better thread writers to just concentrate on that occasional
great thread like Slayer's Atlantis or Great Game Threads, or Sky Floating's brilliant take on social issues, Zorgon's great conspiracy threads, or
Schroedinger's Dog's great phillosophy threads, or Phages great scientific threads, though of course once in a great while a really great news story
comes along that can gain tons of flags like when Israel launches a new war, or Wiki Leaks comes out with some great disclosure etc, but those are few
and far in between. Members will just find it harder achieving a ranking off of doing nothing but republishing the News or posting YouTube videos with
opening pieces that are one line long saying "I found this on YouTube what do you think?"
Forum Gangs and Friends won't factor in so heavily because they might be able to get your typical ho hum news story from 6 flags to 20, but they
aren't going to get your 100 flag thread to 201.
Now I am sure management will deny this is how the new system works, but I am pretty sure it works along those lines.
edit on 28/10/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler because: Spelling