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Pony99CA wrote: That kind of reply is very annoying. it got added to the phpBB core. Birthdays,
And there's been discussion about whether birthdays really should have been added after all.
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It can be a useful feature. But I´ve seen in one community (A big German community; it was a vBulletin-system) that much user misuse this feature and some people always had a good reputation and some people alwaays had bad reputation. Then the administrator disabled this feature.
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Reputation features require some level of maturity from the community members - it's not appropriate for every forum.
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Daniel Exe wrote:Reputation features require some level of maturity from the community members - it's not appropriate for every forum.

I agree. One sports board I frequent had this problem. User's tend to dis-approve of posts just because they don't like someone or they think a question asked isn't a very good question. Anything from a conflicting view on a subject, too not liking the user would warrant a negative in most people's eyes when in reality there just adding to the conversation.

It didn't make sense at all. :?
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Re: Reputation | may I suggest to make it built-in with phpB

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Daniel Exe wrote:Reputation features require some level of maturity from the community members - it's not appropriate for every forum.
Absolutely. Plus, any system that rates people based on user input can be gamed. For example, I can boost my ranking on phpBB by posting more, even if the posts are useless. On a system with "Thanks", I can form a coalition of people that always thanks each other (probably how reputation gets gamed, too).

Reputation/Thanks is still better than Ranks, IMHO, because people are rating the quality of the person's contribution, not just the frequency with which they write. Also, gaming Ranks can be done by the member himself; gaming Thanks or Reputation requires multiple users, and is thus somewhat harder to rig.

If they had a reputation system here, here are some of the criteria I would use:

Thumbs Up
  • Somebody who gave lots of help in Support
  • Somebody with well-reasoned posts in Discussion
Thumbs Down
  • People who constantly violated the rules
  • People who kept insulting phpBB staff or the project (not constructive criticism, mind you, but harping)
  • People who asked questions obviously without searching
  • People who constantly posted in the wrong place
Those may not necessarily be mutually exclusive. Somebody could be very helpful but always insult the project. I might leave their reputation neutral.

Things That Should Not Affect Reputation
  • Mere disagreement with somebody's opinion
  • Bad English (at least in an international forum like this)
  • Location
  • "Ugly" avatars
  • "Bad" user names
  • And so on
I wonder if phpBB.com would add rules like the above if they added a Reputation system.

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Re: Reputation | may I suggest to make it built-in with phpB

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Pony99CA wrote: Thumbs Down
  • People who constantly violated the rules
  • People who kept insulting phpBB staff or the project (not constructive criticism, mind you, but harping)
  • People who asked questions obviously without searching
  • People who constantly posted in the wrong place
Those may not necessarily be mutually exclusive. Somebody could be very helpful but always insult the project. I might leave their reputation neutral.

I'm pretty sure you would get banned before your reputation had enough negative votes just acting like this. :P Good points anyway thoe. As well the same goes for giving decent support. They would probably just invite you on the support team.

A system like that here would be completely redundant.
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