posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 05:46 AM
I agree. I constantly see thread after thread of posts with countless stars that are mediocre, if that. Then I will run across some older posts that
are brilliantly written, containing a wealth of information, all while remaining easy to read without losing a vibrant vocabulary that paints a
beautiful picture of what the poster was thinking in stunning detail. Unfortunately, those posts will go unrecognized and will obtain 3-5 stars
(that's being liberal with the numbers). While I understand that everybody has, at the very least, a slight difference in opinion from other posters
on what may make a fantastic thread or post, I think we can all agree that there are too many sub-par posts being starred simply because the member
agree's with the point the poster is making.
I'm new here, but not to internet forums, and when I think of what the star is supposed to signify on ATS is similar to a "+rep(utation) on most
other forums. It is, in my opinion, not simply an "I Agree" button, but more so an "I agree and this post is extremely well written, educational,
gets the point across, and links sources to any facts that you decided to add to help prove your case. Thank you for not wasting my time with another
meaningless, factless post." button.
If I'm wrong about the meaning of the star, and it's purpose has been made known before then I apologize. Again, that is just my opinion of it's
purpose here at ATS. I think I have starred 2 posts since I have been here... and I've been lurking almost constantly from the time I signed up.