posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 01:51 PM
I've posted this before, but you may be interested, OP:
A Guide to the ATS Award System
You get one point for every post. You get two points for every reply to a thread you have started. You get “applause” points if a moderator thinks
highly of a post you made, usually one that makes a significant contribution to a thread. “Applause” comes in the form of 250 or 500 points. You
can also win a tremendous amount of points for participating in ATS games, debates, contests, and the like. Points do not appear with your posts and
are only shown on your profile page.
You can get negative points if you post something that violates Terms & Conditions in the form of content or manners & decorum. Sometimes this can be
because you are extremely nasty in a response, calling names, for example, or if you solicit business or violate T&C in some other way. Going
off-topic can get your post erased, though it does not always result in a points deduction. Deductions, at least in my experience, are 1,000 points at
What do points get you? Right now, nothing special. In the distant past you could spend points by “buying” a background color for your avatar or
access to the REALLY Above Top Secret Forum. Today points aren’t really used for anything substantive. If you look at someone’s point total, you
can get kind of an idea of where they are at. Someone with minus 2,000 posts is probably a new member who isn’t settling in well at ATS and is
probably a candidate for being banned next time they transgress. Someone with tens of thousands of points has probably been here awhile and made
You earn flags based on threads you start. You are flagged by other users, who can remove a flag if they grow disaffected with your thread. Flags feed
into the Karma and Wats scores.
You earn stars based on posts. You are starred by other users if they like your post, but they cannot remove a star once they give it to you. Stars
also feed into the Karma and Wats scores.
Simply a tally of how many posts you have made. Posts feed into the Karma and Wats scores, but not always in a positive manner. See why below.
I’m indebted to member Sherlock Holmes for figuring out these formulas. As far as I know, ATS management has never been explicit about the scores. I
believe Sherlock may have back engineered the formulas mathematically. I’m not really sure. In any case,
It's ((stars * 15) + (flags + applause) * 10)) / posts. So if you take the following, which was my scoring when I wrote this, you get:
7466 stars 3979 posts 524 flags 87 applauses
((7466 stars * 15) + ((524 flags +87 applauses) * 10)) / 3979 posts
(111990 + 6110)/3979
118100 / 3979 = 29.68, rounds to 30
So my K score is 30. Note that the overwhelming variable here is stars, which are multiplied by 15. You get much less for flags (starting threads) or
‘exceptional’ posts that earned applause, both of which are multiplied by ten. Applause, which can earn you 500 points a whack, are counted the
same as a single flag here. So right off the bat flags and applause are worth two-thirds of what stars are. But the whole thing is divided by number
of posts, which means the more posts you have, the lower your Karma Score. If you had 5,000 posts instead of 3979, your Karma Score would be 24. If
you only had 2000 posts your Karma Score would be 59, twice what it is. Therefore, making posts that do not earn stars is to your detriment. It is
better to make one pithy post than two throw-away comments that don’t add to the conversation.
It's (number of posts ÷ 600) + (number of flags ÷ 80) + (number of stars ÷ 170). My score is:
(3979 posts / 600) + (524 flags / 80) + (7466 stars / 170)
6.63 + 6.55 + 43.91 = 57.09, rounds to 57
So my Wats score is (was!) 57. Here you see an opposite (and far simpler) sort of formula. Here stars are worth half of what flags are and posts
themselves are worth about an eighth of what flags are. Flags are dominant. Here my nearly 4,000 posts earn me 6.63 points and my mere 524 flags earn
me almost as much at 6.55 points. But since there are so many stars, even though they are worth half of what flags are, it still gives a boost. But
clearly, flags, earned for starting threads, is the dominant theme here. Also, in this score posts don’t hurt you because they are added in, not a
part of a ratio. In the previous formula, lowering your post count raised your score. In this formula, lowering your post count lowers your score.
Not enough room to discuss borders here. Perhaps someone else will...