reply to post by Silver Star
This is not something I can argue against. Where egos become involved... especially 'virtual' or D-egos it gets somewhat tenuous.
There was a time when people didn't have the tools of the internet to express themselves, and at that time, to be a person interested in the
extraordinary, conspiracies, history, ideologies, legends urban and otherwise, and that sort of thing meant... you spent most of those thoughts and
studies very private. It made for a sobering wake-up call to find a font of discussions where we welcome and enjoy discussing such things.
The stars and flags were never meant to evaluate a person, their thoughts, opinions, grammar, or 'charisma'. They were meant as an aid to identify
the noteworthy, the surprising and challenging.
The culture of the tweeting generation and the e-friend has overshadowed what purists may have enjoyed as the convenience of flags and stars, and now
there are, as you say, people who want them to mean something else.
I cannot control that. Nor would I presume to. To me, seeing a low number indicates a potentially new idea, a fresh perspective, and perhaps
somewhat naively, a recent addition to the crowd of which I am proud to be part.
I can't make others see things my way. But I can promise you that there are MANY of us, who care only for your input... not your 'popularity.'
Being well met and well regarded is nice to some degree, but that and 25 cents still wont even get you a cup of good coffee. There should be no
celebrities .... and I will regret the day that such things as flags and stars might become an indicator of "worth.'
It reminds me of an interesting story once told by Kurt Vonnegut... he once shadow wrote an essay about Slaughterhouse-Five for a friend's child ...
he got a "C." Had he authored it for a magazine... they would have paid him thousands..... worth is often a matter of bias and supposition... stars
and flags are often just that...
I stopped caring about them when I overheard a conversation where people had been giving someone stars for their 'cool' avatar... and flagging a
thread because someone with whom they disagreed got flamed.
Such things frequently detract from the point, I think; so I never encourage relying on one's "scores" to determine how satisfied we should be
with our own work.