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Reputation System: How I'm Using it.

Posted 09-03-2010 at 12:55 PM by xeleema
Updated 09-03-2010 at 01:13 PM by xeleema

Greetingz! This is a rough draft outlining my feelings about the new "Reputation System" here at LQ. This may go through some revision, and I hope to add some (more) links.

Posi-Rep (and/or "Helpful Post?" "Yes")
1) Providing great technical help (especially one-liners)
2) Giving out URLs, RFCs, book references, etc. Anything the OP can use for further research into their problem.
3) Correcting someone's train of thought when what they propose as a solution could have grave consequences down the road.
4) Otherwise acting in a way that contributes to the spirit of the LQ community.
5) Meta-Mod a post meeting above that someone gave Nega-Rep.

Nega-Rep (and/or "Helpful Post?" "No")
1) Giving advice that is so technically wrong it's dangerous.
2) Posting with only "Go Google it".
3) Giving disengenuous encouragement (like "Go back to Windows!")
4) Anti-LQ behaviour (breaking rules, flaming, spaming, etc)
5) Meta-Mod a post meeting above that someone gave Nega-Rep.
Note: As of Post #691 in The Great Thread, "Helpful Post? No" does not give Nega-Rep.

Keep in mind that these are my own personal general guidelines I've found myself using the system for.

When I meta-moderate, I'm not interested in "Who" gave someone else feedback, just if the Posi-/Nega-Rep was warranted in the first place.

If I see Nega-Rep on a post with a comment such as "I don't like your username!" or "Ubuntu sucks!" (or anything else that doesn't directly deal with the message the poster was attempting to convey), you can bet I'm going to try to balance that out by giving Reputation accordingly.

I have nothing against Ubuntu, Windows, Mac, and PhotoShop users, nor do I care what town someone is from or if their English is perfect. I may not agree with someone's choice for a particular solution, but that does not make them a bad person in my eyes.

Within this digital garden, We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... (The Mentor, 08jan86)

How do you use the Reputation system?
Do you think how I'm using it is fair?

I'm listening, LQ.
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  1. Old Comment
    I think these guidelines make sense, I've posted about them in a thread for others to see as well.

    Mostly I use positive rep for advice that is helpful to me or just interesting. It's the OP's duty to positive rep if it helps them as well. Still, if someone posts a nice argument that I agree with, I will also positive rep that. And sometimes I positive rep people because they are new and try to help.
    Posted 09-22-2010 at 06:15 AM by H_TeXMeX_H H_TeXMeX_H is offline
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    Thanks for the feedback! I'm actually quite suprised how many Views this particular blog post has received. I didn't think blogging @ LQ was very "Big".

    One thing I should have added to the "Posi-Rep #4" item. If someone's post shows creativity or appropriate humor (read: geek humor), I tend to at least mark the post as "Helpful? Yes". Example: I saw a post somewhere (USENET?) that had something like "Jesus Saves (offsite)!" in a Backup thread. The poster had useful technical information as well, but that would have been "Posi-Rep" worthy in my eyes (rather than just "Helpful? Yes").

    Warning: I'm not a deeply "Religious" person, so I don't mean to offend anyone that is.
    Posted 09-23-2010 at 12:47 AM by xeleema xeleema is offline
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    How would one know what reply, comment, question or other post would have been down-voted? It would be nice if the rep system required the user to give input as to why bad rep was given. How does one improve without constructive criticism? How does one get to know why they have bad rep?
    Posted 05-09-2016 at 08:04 AM by loadedmind loadedmind is offline


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