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I think the newbie will eventually find their way if they stay around. Most people know to hover thus the identity will be given and if curious that same person will eventually participate. Heck, it's hard enough for some to even reply. Most just lurk. Limited amount of rep for a newbie anyway. Most newbies are here to learn or ask for aid.
I really cannot see the problem with the rep or helpful aspects here on LQ. You can disable the rep. My question openly is: If you don't use the +/- helpful feedback to improve then why are you here? Both aspects will help to define the area of improvement or correction necessary to direct you in the right direction. Therefore improving interaction here at LQ by all.
Maybe the icon could be improved with one similar to facebook like..
Yet still i think that reputations don't add much value to converstaions. Many users come online with alternative OS, maybe that should be taken into account as well, solving problems for dual bood machines doesen't seem to be priority task.
I've been around for awhile and my observations overall are that anyone new to anything have a tendency of uncertainty.
If we as members provide the aid and means to a new user to gain some understanding or knowledge then so be it. They benefit! Then the LQ community, GNU/Linux benefit so then that person will hopefully pass the same to someone else in some way. That's what teaching is all about. I believe that to be true with any conveyance. Sharing of knowledge to benefit all! Growth!
'jeremy' seems to think the 'rep' along with the helpful links that LQ as a community will merit the people involved or participate actively thus scaling a persons accountability or worth. So in my mind the person who knows something but cannot convey may not have a higher rep than someone who knows just enough but can communicate within context.
Communication, Experiences & Knowledge will win out with any system of this type since: “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”from a very wise man. Applies here!
Distribution: x86_64 Slack 13.37 current : +others
Has anyone noticed that on other forums when you hover the mouse over the green square dots you get additional friendly announcements... like, has a reputation beyond repute ... or will become famous soon enough ... or is just really nice etc etc ... I suspect that most folks wont like this sort of thing but as far as I am concerned if Jeremy wants to use some artistic licence well thats fine... I like a bit of humour !