posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 06:20 PM
I followed the link which had another link to what S.O. SAYS it is, but what he says does not compute. He said it was five times stars times flags
divided by a million, but that isn't it at all and gives you a completely different number.
But the idea is that the more stars you get feeds into flags and posts (and maybe points) in such a way that if you contribute consistently, over time
the W index will go up. It's a measure of your level of contribution, which includes what other posters think about your posts. I have heard that
there may be a ratio between posts and stars such that if yiou have 1,000 posts and two stars that does not weigh as heavily as someone with 1,000
posts and 2,000 stars. It would indicate that you are making a lot of superficial posts that your fellow posters do not think contribute much. I think
that's kind of the idea ATS is trying to get across They're trying to get a measure of quality, which is difficult to quantify with a formula.
It doesn't buy you anything these days and it isn't something to obsess over. Lots of people here think it does not matter, and that's a valid
position to take. Personally, I use all those scores, join dates, etc. to see whether someone has been around awhile and generally what their
contribution level is, and I probably pay a little more attention to someone who has been around awhile than to someone brand new, but that's just a
generalization. It could mean someone doesn't have a life and hangs out here too much.
I look at it like a new person who moves into your apartment building. They're new to the building, so you don't know them very well, but you never
know, they could become your new best friend. On the other hand, the guy who's been in Apt 49 for ten years could be a really pretentious prig, which
you are quite sure of because he's proven it time and time again.
Over time ATS has changed the rating systems many times, with a trend to making it less complex. My guess is the current system will not be the last
system. We're likely to see more changes in the future.