The flag and star system don’t work very well, there could be many reasons for this fact. I’m certain “competition” for credibility in the
forums is one of them. Not that stars and flags is very important as such, except for distinguishing between good and bad.
One reason could be all the spam treads constantly created with no real content except for a few lines of text and a video, a link or a picture. Some
times these treads contain some good info, but often they are just rip off from other treads. It’s actually good with all these new treads except
for the fact that they push all the really good stuff away from the first pages in the forums. Especially US election 2012, political madness and
Aliens and UFO forum is tread bombed.
Another reason could be how “unfair” many of the flags and stars is distributed. I often see one liners from the awarded contributers getting
loads of stars. And then I see well constructed arguments and treads getting no attention at all. It is discouraging especially to new members that
they get no credit for brilliant answers or treads and other people get spammed with stars for no apparent reason at all. If you want those new
members to keep posting you should give them what they deserve.
Here is a few examples of spam answers rewarded too much, You could make that list 100 pages:
Gawd, I have SUCH a man crush on Ron Paul – 17 stars
The more I hear Ron Paul talk, the better I like him. He makes sense to me. – 22 stars
- 3 stars
Sometimes I read things here that make me hopeless about the fate of humankind – 19
I won’t link to treads I believe got too much credit, because that would only be giving them even more attention. It could also look as a challenge
to the tread starters, which is not my goal with this post.
I joined ATS because I love the in depth treads with real content. I also enjoy the “news” here on forum, and actually contribute if I can add
something to a tread. If I don’t have anything constructive to add in a tread, I star and flag it when deserved but keep my mouth closed.
It is no fun reading 3 pages of “Good stuff OP! or Where did you get that?”, just to try and reach the next constructive answer.
reply to post by lifeform11
Good answer, but it is a shame it has to be like that.
edit on 21-8-2011 by Mimir because: (no reason given)