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Suggestion: Identify those who star and flag

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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 01:59 PM
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I think the idea has merit. Sometimes when I see a post I personally find totally ridiculous, and yet it has, what seems to me, an inordinate amount of stars (or flags), i would like to know who it is who is starring all of those.

Maybe just rolling the curser over each individual star would give you a clickable name/link?

I think it might help verify who the heck stars and flags some of these more questionable threads. (talking about ones that receive 50-100+ stars, etc.) It's such an easy way to game the system here, it seems it might help in seeing any patterns, etc.
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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:11 PM
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Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by AnonymousCitizen
 


I'm a rude, obnoxious conservative.


Yet I occasionally will star or flag a liberal (damned commie pinko!) post or thread.

I like being. . . anonymouse!


Yeah...what beezer said....^^^

I think if would be a fast track to taking a thread off-topic. There would be those who feel compelled to thank everyone who starred them, and in doing so, agreed with them. I can see it turning into school yard antics of who's more popular with whom.

Keep things as they are. JMOHO...

Des



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:15 PM
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What if you could only see who starred your own posts, but not others?

Otherwise I'd rather keep them anon.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:23 PM
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I could see it more of people who like to insult, would not only be calling people that post names, but also insulting anyone that handed a star to someone they disagree with.

"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"

And such nonesense



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:26 PM
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Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by Destinyone
 


I could see it more of people who like to insult, would not only be calling people that post names, but also insulting anyone that handed a star to someone they disagree with.

"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"

And such nonesense


I never thought of it that way. You are correct, would be like a bacon buffet to Trolls....


Des



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by TKDRL
"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"


The flip side of that is that if we knew who starred some posts (like a team that stars a certain persons every post whether right or wrong) maybe the stars would decrease in the light of day


Stars are worthless... literally... you can't spend them on anything


Though I was told years ago that if you got 100,000 stars you got a pink Cadilac


Dump em and keep the flags



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:49 PM
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Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by AnonymousCitizen
 


I'm a rude, obnoxious conservative.


Yet I occasionally will star or flag a liberal (damned commie pinko!) post or thread.

I like being. . . anonymouse!


But wouldn't the fact that YOU starred something not traditionally 'conservative' give that idea more reason for others to give pause and consider the idea? After all, that's what many of us use the star system for. To highlight points or ideas we agree with or think has some value to the conversation.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:50 PM
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Originally posted by zorgon

Originally posted by TKDRL
"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"


The flip side of that is that if we knew who starred some posts (like a team that stars a certain persons every post whether right or wrong) maybe the stars would decrease in the light of day



whos to say they are right or wrong
and the person starring believes it is wrong
but still stars it???

it would open a portal to a bacon buffet for trolls
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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:51 PM
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Originally posted by zorgon

Originally posted by TKDRL
"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"


The flip side of that is that if we knew who starred some posts (like a team that stars a certain persons every post whether right or wrong) maybe the stars would decrease in the light of day


Exactly. I think this would highlight some very interesting behavior, and would likely put an end to ghost accounts used to prop up bogus threads.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:52 PM
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Originally posted by popsmayhem

Originally posted by zorgon

Originally posted by TKDRL
"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"


The flip side of that is that if we knew who starred some posts (like a team that stars a certain persons every post whether right or wrong) maybe the stars would decrease in the light of day



whos to say they are right or wrong
and the person starring believes it is wrong
but still stars it???



That seems kinda crazy. Why would someone star a post they disagree with?



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:54 PM
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Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by Destinyone
 


I could see it more of people who like to insult, would not only be calling people that post names, but also insulting anyone that handed a star to someone they disagree with.

"Look at these 5 morons who are stupid enough to star this drivel!"
"Blah and blah must be shills! Look at the post they starred!"

And such nonesense


Yes, but such behavior is already considered 'against the rules'. And is generally dealt with when important.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:56 PM
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I think it is a terrible idea.

TPTB already knows who the trouble makers are, now we want to give up their fans aswell?

If it aint broken, dont fix it.


 
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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 02:59 PM
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People often time point out that they have flagged and/or starred a post within their own comment, I guess they want people to know. I can only assume that many people would prefer that their flags were posted anonymously, and I would forego the flagging of posts if it were to be recorded. The only benefit would be the ability to gauge someone's ideolgies, and if my own is not blatantly obvious by the message rendered in my responses, I would prefer for it to stay that way.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 03:06 PM
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Originally posted by popsmayhem
whos to say they are right or wrong
and the person starring believes it is wrong
but still stars it???


I could post many examples of posts that are starred simply because its a friend, but to do that I would need to name names, and that wouldn't be cool



Originally posted by stanguilles7
That seems kinda crazy. Why would someone star a post they disagree with?


Just to bolster their favorite players position in the ranks
Easy enough to spot if you pay attention


One other factor is you will see someone make an ad hominem attack against someone... then that posts gets many stars. It would be cool to see who supports those attacks

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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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Originally posted by zorgon

Originally posted by popsmayhem
whos to say they are right or wrong
and the person starring believes it is wrong
but still stars it???


I could post many examples of posts that are starred simply because its a friend, but to do that I would need to name names, and that wouldn't be cool



Originally posted by stanguilles7
That seems kinda crazy. Why would someone star a post they disagree with?


Just to bolster their favorite players position in the ranks
Easy enough to spot if you pay attention



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couldnt get 32,000 stars without
a few friends i see



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 03:14 PM
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Still not enough to buy a T-shirt
though I did get a hat once before the stars where around


ATS worked fine without them once upon a time


The Old WATS system was better IMO based on actual awards and applauses
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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 03:15 PM
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I could post many examples of posts that are starred simply because its a friend, but to do that I would need to name names, and that wouldn't be cool

 


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posted on May, 10 2012 @ 03:22 PM
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Originally posted by zorgon


Just to bolster their favorite players position in the ranks
Easy enough to spot if you pay attention


One other factor is you will see someone make an ad hominem attack against someone... then that posts gets many stars. It would be cool to see who supports those attacks

edit on 10-5-2012 by zorgon because: (no reason given)


Absolutely. I think being able to see the pattern of who stars and flags what posts (especially the flags) would be most insightful. Beyond being able to identify the obvious cliques of frequent posters on all sides of the spectrum, it would identify what I and many others suspect is a puppet army of 'members' who exist only to be awakened periodically to upvote a particular meme being perpetuated by one party or interest or another.

In that vein, it makes sense that such a suggestion would be greeted with such hostility by certain demographics. they likely stand to lose something in the process.

I mean, if you are starring or flagging something, the purpose is to highlight the idea as worthy of others attention, right? Why not be able to attach your 'name' (which is still likely rather as anonymous as you want it to be) to it?



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 06:30 PM
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Originally posted by popsmayhem
i dont like the idea.....

no ones business what i star and flag
maybe if only the admins can see it
for statistics other then that why do
you need to know>>? so you can get a gripe with them
because they star and flag something you disagree with??


I would star that if I could.



posted on May, 10 2012 @ 06:39 PM
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I disagree. Like the other poster, I consider them an internal thread self-regulating voting system. lol Seriously, they assist in good threads with lots of debates. It helps navigate visually and quickly the direction the thread is going.



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