posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 12:33 AM
By the way, is there a technical term for either the positive or negative feedback system on discussion forums? If so, it might be helpful to
research if there is any scientific work that says anything about the potential benefits of such systems.
There's another thing I'd like to bring up about the star system. I think you should be able to hover your mouse cursor over a star to see who gave
it. I don't really like that you can give them away anonymously. People would probably take more time thinking before handing out stars if it could
come back to haunt them.
Heck, you could even provide the opportunity for members to provide a rationale for giving a star, that would become
visible to anyone who wants to know.
Expample: Hover over a star --> * [awarded by
: anATSmember45, reason
: agree +1]
or: [awarded by
: well thought-out, written]
or: [awarded by
: no reason given.]
This would also provide a place for members to give very short replies to a post without cluttering up the main body of a thread. The downside might
be that it could be confusing to respond to one of those short replies.
If you combine this idea with my idea above for taking away stars, you might see some hollowed-out 'ghost' stars, that when you hover your cursor over
them could tell you both why someone awarded it and why someone else took it away.
Example: Hovering over a ghost star --> * [awarded by
by: MysteryMan, reason
: well written, challenged by
the heck it was.]
It would also probably be convenient if you could click on a member's name and get a list of the posts they starred in a thread.. That functionality
could be added to the little "member" dropdown box on each post.
edit on 10-12-2011 by Tearman because: (no reason given)