posted on Oct, 6 2010 @ 02:49 PM
reply to post by TrueAmerican
I happen to agree with SO on this (not including applause). If it wasn't that Mods would be "padding" their favorite members, people would think it
is. To factor applause in the equation, would essentially be a Mod and FSME vote only on the ranking (or part therein). Not only that, but I'm sure
there are subjects that don't get applauded as well or as much as others subjects, due to the distrobution of Mods throughout the board. With the S&F
tally, it is everyone essentially voting (in a some-what less than perfect system, of course).
With that being said, I don't think there is a "perfect" way to do it, that would make everyone happy, though it would seem that the star and flag
system is the best way to go. What I was thinking about, is the ratio of stars to posts and flags to threads, but that wouldn't wouldn't be fair to
the members who racked up posts before the star system came about. With that, I believe that the current WATS system is the fairest, unless of course
I'm missing something (as with anything).
Now, I'm sure that members aren't looking at the WATS system as a "be all, end all" guide to credability or intelligence. Instead, members should
it for exactly what it is, members who have the highest flag and star counts. I think that most members are bright enough to realize that stars and
flags don't speak for the member's intelligence and a lack thereof certainly don't speak for the quality of content by a member.