Originally Posted by anishakaul
Are there any plans for reverting the "yes/NO" click of the "helpful feature" ?
I feel bad if I accidentally click "No" on someone's post !
Agreed. I don't think I've ever done it but it seems easy to do. Especially as it's right by the quote button.
Originally Posted by jeremy
I don't think so; more likely what will become important is the number in relation to other members' (which is why I think the current dots system will have advantages as the system matures).
This doesn't really help the new person who has a problem and gets one reply to his post. What can he compare it against? How does he know the relation to other members? The best thing might be for him to go looking up unrelated threads to find more numbers to compare against, but he's unlikely to do that and, if he does, where does he stop with confidence that he has some kind of meaningful baseline? I sure hope he doesn't use a thread you're in as a baseline and decide everyone else in the forum is an idiot.
Perhaps instead of using cumulative 'points' the system could just assign a percentage or descriptive label so that everyone would be more confident in what '92%' or 'Very Helpful Poster' meant?
On another note, people mention a time limit on 'good rep' but I'm not sure that's a good idea - rather the reverse. True, a poster can fall out of touch but what's more likely is that he's just elsewhere. As a personal example with me and the old system, I've been registered at LQ for c.7 years and posted c.4,000 times but, under the 'thanks' system, had a very low number of 'thanked posts' in relation to that and other posters. This was just because I happened to make almost all my posts before the 'thanks' system had even been implemented, having been away from LQ for awhile until recently. This made me look even dumber than I am. I'd rather people (including myself) not be penalized just because they were helping people on IRC or Usenet or were involved in a project or were just taking a vacation, rather than posting here for awhile.
I get that this is partly designed to encourage participation here, but it shouldn't indicate a person's help has lower quality just because there's lower quantity. If so, it might even dis
courage long-time helpful posters who do
take a break from ever coming back, if they look like unhelpful, un-knowledgeable people upon their return.
The only way it's useful (other than mere egoboo for the helper) is if it means something to the new user who's getting help and trying to decide if that particular post is likely to be useful to them. I doubt icons of scales or blocks or an abstract number will be intuitive for them, or that penalizing occasional posters will help them at the moment such a poster posts.
But, while I'm not really a fan of such systems in general, I think trying to help the new user evaluate the kind of help he's getting should be useful and I look forward to seeing how it plays out.
 Actually, I take that back - as others have noted, it also serves as feedback for the helper to let them know if they're doing a good job. But the primary emphasis should be on the helpee.