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    hiho
    im new here, but i just noticed a little thing that would make this forum a bit cooler..(if that is possible.. )

    ehm.. i joined another forum some months ago, and they had like smal worms under the name/forumstatus (like "forumfreshman"). A good status(with many posts/topics) had many worms, and newbies had just one. I dont want us to have worms under our names, but you can take something better.. like circels or stars or whatever..
    I liked that. It made me post more posts
    just an idea
    tell me if u liked it :wink:


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    I'd be a bit overun then. I'd have to have galaxies and not stars. I think Ophiolite will need a whole universe under his name in such circumstance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    I'd be a bit overun then. I'd have to have galaxies and not stars. I think Ophiolite will need a whole universe under his name in such circumstance.
    true, but it could be different looking symbols. dunno.. like stars(just an example)

    a newbie has one star with 5 spikes.
    when he gets better status -> 2 stars with 5 spikes
    better status-> 3 stars with 5 spikes

    then the same thing with 6 spikes (he gets one star with 6 spikes)

    then maybe the same thing with red stars (he gets one red star with 5 spikes)

    then maybe same thing with planets? (blabla)

    and moderators and admin can have a sun? or a moon? dunno x)

    ok? xD
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    I think admin considered a member rating system - not by posts but by member vote. That might be in the works.

    Wasn't The Science Forum supposed to change to new software?
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    Yes but it still needs development and the admin have been busy with other things. (There is only IS who is active).
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    I'm not 100% sold on the new software yet, so I kind of want to wait and see how many new mods come out for it..bug fixes..etc. Plus we just added Latex support here and that would need to be added to the new software as well.
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    ok, but keep it in your mind
    Believe me, it's funnier with a rating system :-D
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    trust me, you're better off without - there's already enough aggro in this forum, we don't need to add to it by adding a points system
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    I think a member rating system would lead to some members thinking they are either better or more intelligent than others and would lead to things like "noobs" and such that you see in quite a lot of other forums. I'd like to see the posts in the sidebar by a member be optionally shown with the default being that they not be shown. It would lead to a greater discussion on the topics at hand and not lead to people being over egotistical merely because they have more posts than the person they are arguing against.
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    You mean like me not having a bar, or post numbers in general?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BumFluff
    I think a member rating system would lead to some members thinking they are either better or more intelligent than others and would lead to things like "noobs" and such that you see in quite a lot of other forums. I'd like to see the posts in the sidebar by a member be optionally shown with the default being that they not be shown. It would lead to a greater discussion on the topics at hand and not lead to people being over egotistical merely because they have more posts than the person they are arguing against.
    i can see where you're coming from - i've already seen instances where people think a member is a real professor just because their title is forum professor + it might just have an intimidating effect on people new to the forum (i absolutely hate the word noob)

    personally i'd like to see my far too pompous title of cosmic wizard changed to something less reverential like "cosmic itch" or "old fish face"
    after all, the fact that i've posted quite a few posts here doesn't give me a direct line to the truth
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    personally i'd like to see my far too pompous title of cosmic wizard changed to something less reverential like "cosmic itch" or "old fish face"
    after all, the fact that i've posted quite a few posts here doesn't give me a direct line to the truth
    I think it's kind of fun that you and a few others have unique status names - and especially if post count wasn't included, that might tell new people you've been around a while but it might not be as intimidating. Though I can see how "cosmic wizard" might be a bit much.
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    Well why can't we have a rating system with + and - ?
    all members with let's say over 100 posts can give other members - and + points, for forexample smart thoughts or - for acting bad..

    When people give points, they need to write down an explanation .

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    We've discussed using a rating system on this forum before. We agreed there was just too much potential for abuse, and none of us were that interested in it anyway.
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    Philosophorum uses karma ratings for good and bad. Ask Marnix about it, I think it is pretty good.

    But I think you should, if introduced here, be shown who put you for good or bad, that way you can contest if it was just bad karma being put for the sake that they argue with you.

    Quite frankly, I'd give someone a good karma point for someone who questioned my statement and debated it. But here a lot will just go around making everybody's name look bad, and I can think of a few people who would do that. So I agree with paralith, expect I may be interested in it.

    For example a few people such as, say Janus (who is quite toffee nosed about his knowledge) is listened to by young members and they may listen to him more than others given his knowledge. Not saying that's neccesarily bad, but you wouldn't want to learn from someone a bit over zealous and who does not understand you are learning and are bound to make mistakes now would you?

    Or take for example Q, who spreads more Dogma than all religious churches AND Richard Dawkins put together. He would probably bad karma everybody who said the word 'religion'.

    Like many things in this world, something good, would be ruined by the cruel few.

    PS I've used the word karma instead of saying 'good points' or 'bad points' because it sounds like a gameshow or something, plus I think its a great name for a rating system. And that is credited to marnixR, who uses such a system of 'karma' on Philosophorum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    I've used the word karma instead of saying 'good points' or 'bad points' because it sounds like a gameshow or something, plus I think its a great name for a rating system. And that is credited to marnixR, who uses such a system of 'karma' on Philosophorum.

    Phew, if I say Philosophorum one more time I'm going to get done for spamming ads.
    no credit needed here - i inherited the karma system from James, the forum's originator, so it's not really up to me to get rid of it
    but i don't really rate it all that highly or take it all that seriously

    + if i saw a major abuse from a large number of users i would put a stop to it straight away, rather than try and soothe all those wounded egos
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    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    Philosophorum uses karma ratings for good and bad. Ask Marnix about it, I think it is pretty good.
    But I think you should, if introduced here, be shown who put you for good or bad, that way you can contest if it was just bad karma being put for the sake that they argue with you.

    Quite frankly, I'd give someone a good karma point for someone who questioned my statement and debated it. But here a lot will just go around making everybody's name look bad, and I can think of a few people who would do that. So I agree with paralith, expect I may be interested in it.

    For example a few people such as, say Janus (who is quite toffee nosed about his knowledge) is listened to by young members and they may listen to him more than others given his knowledge. Not saying that's neccesarily bad, but you wouldn't want to learn from someone a bit over zealous and who does not understand you are learning and are bound to make mistakes now would you?

    Or take for example Q, who spreads more Dogma than all religious churches AND Richard Dawkins put together. He would probably bad karma everybody who said the word 'religion'.

    Like many things in this world, something good, would be ruined by the cruel few.
    ok, i understand, but then admin and the moderators can send them a warning and then -if they keep on to give unnecessary karma they will be banned for some days.
    Every karma point needs a good reason, and everyone should have the possibility to read this reason. That way it would give us much positive things. ppl don't wanna get much - karma so they act friendly.

    many mistakes, but you will understand (hope so.. :P )
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    Sort of blackmailing those isn't it? Don't karma good and you'll get into trouble. A friendly manner is always desirable but sometimes not having one can make the world balance. But yes, it would be nicer to have more friendly people in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon
    if they keep on to give unnecessary karma they will be banned for some days.
    sounds like a lot of work for very few mods - not only do they need to read every post to make sure it's not spam or contravening the rules, but now they have to try and gauge whether karma was given for a valid reason ?

    if i were a mod on this forum i wouldn't be too pleased with the extra work load (+ the need to follow evening classes in mind-reading)
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    How very irrelevant - is all I can say.

    Quantity is not representative of quality and encouraging kiddies to post one liner crap to boost their 'worm count' isn't going to benefit the forum.
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    it would make it funnier! but that's just my opinion.

    but as i said before: a ratingsystem (with +/-) would help the forum. Bad behaviour= - karma and good behaviour =+karma. We all could learn to act friendlier then..
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    i'm sure that if any of the mods turns up and reads your suggestion, their response would be a resounding NO

    who would decide what is good and what is bad behaviour ? there would be more than the current disagreements if opinions were also backed up by the smiting of the malakites - not much fun to be had there ...

    one last word, and then i'll shut up : drop it, the idea's a stinker
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