posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 12:43 PM
Originally posted by SonicInfinity
What I want to know is what the point of the Points System is anymore. It doesn't contribute to the WATS score, it is no longer a prerequisite of the
RATS forum, you can't buy anything with them anymore, etc.
You are right. It's a holdover from the previous system and now amounts to a stand-alone metric. It may be used internally as an indicator if some of
us minions are being considered for banning. In other words, it might buy you some slack. But the system has changed several times in the past. It may
be this system is not the last of the line and a future one may incorporate points into a formula.
As I noted above, there are some problems with the current system. The Wats score doesn't really work as intended and has no downside; it just grows
and grows. Conversely, it's difficult to get out of a rut with the Karma score, where more posts hold you back. For example, I have several posts in
this thread, most full of relevant specific information, but also without stars (which is fine because one ought to treat them lightheartedly.) These
posts, even though they have useful information, actually count against my Karma score and tend to lower it. This was originally intended to
discourage throw-away posts, but if the membership doesn't like some information, it amounts to the same thing.
ANY system you could come up with will have similar issues, no matter what you do.