reply to post by TrueAmerican
I've been reading this thread for sometime, and honestly, I've felt conflicted about whether to participate in the discussion. Doing so risks
appearing vain or biased, or worse...and I have no wish for that outcome.
But what the hell, let me throw caution to the wind...
First, I'm of course pleased to have made the original list, and it's always nice to receive recognition for one's efforts. But even while that is
true, upon reflection, it isn't really the primary reason I'm here.
I'm sure the same if true for you.
I love the notion of flagging and starring content
, because for me, they serve as useful navigation tools for where I can spend my limited time
and focus. But ranking members is not something I've ever been fully comfortable with.
I suppose any system that is devised will likely be flawed to some extent. I think part of the answer lies with what the real purpose of ranking
members is? Is it to recognize quality? Popularity? Quantity? All of the above?
The current method calculates WATS = ((FLAGS*5))STARS/1,000,000.
This method clearly focuses on popularity, which one can argue in some
respects is a proxy for the other qualities I mentioned. But I have to admit, it surprises me applause are not factored in the calculation.
Your suggested method:
TAE = (POINTS/100)+(FLAGS*5)+(STARS*2)+THREADS+POSTS+(APPLAUSE*100).
It too has some issues. Since points are largely a function of threads, posts and replies, there is some inherent redundancy to what is included in
your formula. Moreover, a score in the tens of thousands range seems a bit much- even cosmetically.
Just for fun, here's my crack at this:
First, I looked at the top most threads and worked backwards into an approach. That seemed logical to me. Here is what I came up with...
WATS = (FLAGS+(STARS*0.2)+(THREADS*0.1)+(POSTS*0.01)+(APPLAUSE*10)) / 100
Breaking this down, then:
- One APPLAUSE has ten times the value of one FLAG.
- One STAR has 20% of the value of one FLAG.
- One THREAD has 10% of the value of one FLAG.
- One POST has 1% of the value as one THREAD.
So this is what it would look like when applied to the top most FLAGGED thread on this site: PARA:
Untersberg - The Mystery Mountain
. It has 586 flags and 170 stars in the first post. Assuming a value of one each for the thread, post and
applause, the WATS score for that thread would be 6.3 or simply 6
Looking at it another way:
One (1) WATS = 50 FLAGS, 200 STARS, 1 THREAD, 1 POST & 1 APPLAUSE.
The current system requires as one possible combination:
One (1) WATS = 50 FLAGS & 2000 STARS.
That's my $0.02 on the matter.
One final note:
I'm just grateful some people read my stuff and like it at all.
It's always nice to know you're appreciated.
Thanks to folks for that.
Almost forgot, my new WATS score would be 81 under the system I propose. TA, yours would be 88.
edit on 8-10-2010 by loam because: (no reason given)