reply to post by rickymouse
Stars are absolutely no indicator, what-so-ever, to the general quality of a member's comment contributions.
It may seem that way to those who do not have many posts, but it is just a naive illusion. People who have been on ATS for any length of time know
that there are times when you post a whole lot in a single, fast-moving, thread.
The majority of posts in a fast-moving thread are back and forth debate or co-op conversation that quickly becomes buried under pages and pages of
other member comments.
Many of these posts are not veiwed by a large number of other members and gain 0 stars. When a member is very active on ATS and becomes involved in
multiple fast-moving threads, their post count can explode, while their star count only increases moderately.
I do like the stars though, because they make it easy to see which posts are extraordinary and present something very important to the thread. I may
post a comment that receives 15 stars, then post 20 more comments that get 0-1 stars as the thread moves along.
So, for me, stars are indicators of an exceptional single post, but they do little to show the general quality of a member's contribution. Of course
it is easier to recognize this flow when you reach 1,000 or more comments.
Pre-judging member contributions, based on the star:post ratio, is a dis-service to the member being judged, but more-so to the member who is passing
If I'm ever among those being 'judged', based on the logic in the Opening Post, then I would be thankful and count myself lucky that the judge has
decided not to talk to me.
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