Originally posted by goou111
So ats why are we so greedy with our flags lol
When you compare the star system to Youtube's Likes system, it's easy to see why most people don't flag a thread -- why flag when you can star. Star up everyone. Star up that guy just because he has a cool username. Oh look, famous ATS'er, I'm gonna star him. I totally agree, 99TrUtH1sHereXx, star for you.
What IS a flag, anyway?
The whole point of flagging a thread on Abovetopsecret.com is so we can determine, as chosen by members, which threads deserve the most attention. The more flags a thread get's, the better and It is you highlighting that this thread is worthy of being read by other members. The higher flagged threads are also highlighted on the site homepage.
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Originally posted by Sublimecraft
reply to post by goou111
Top Topics / All time summary / most flagged.......
766 flags - Skyfloating
IMO, I think that the reason there are so few flags in threads is two-fold.
1. When it reaches the New Topics page it gets considerable exposure so others can see it for the 16 hours it remains up and thereafter on the front page. Approx 12-15 flags usually is enough to get there and thereafter it climbs once others see.
2. Some members see flagging as a reward and therefore will not flag if disagree with the content of the OP. This is evident in the "Active New Topics" column where there are hundreds of comments and very few flags - as the poster above has indicated with Rising Against reason for flags is overlooked / ignored. These same threads are usually jamb-packed with disagreements with the OP. Others forget or are not interested in flagging.
edit on 2-2-2013 by Sublimecraft because: added comment