I.ve notice the posts have color arrows now. Hover over them & green is 'Vote this post up' red "post this post down' What gives?
We live in strange and confusing times. Unworthy though I be, I will attempt to de-mystify this strange, new feature. Here goes <big breath>: if you like a post, click the green up arrow; if you don't, click the red down arrow.
There is yet much more to say about this, yea verily, whole dissertations can and, somewhere, doubtless have been written. But such things are too heady for a simple Samurai so I pray that my woefully inadequate explanation may at some level suffice.
I also notice Likes count is gone.
The "like" system and the "vote up/down" system are two different types of "reputation" systems. They are mutually exclusive, doesn't make sense to use both at the same time and I couldn't even if I sniffed enough glue to make me want to.
Reputation systems are actually controversial among webmasters. Some strongly disagree with using them because they believe they have a couple bad effects on a tight-knit, regular community:
1) It encourages lazy, non-verbal responses to posts because people can simply click a button rather than post a comment or even an emoticon. The net result is a decrease in real interaction among members of the community and a less interesting forum.
2) In a community of regular users, such as with the techs here at Appliantology, it can be exploited as a tool for passive-aggressive expression by some members who could assiduously avoid "liking" good content written by particular members because of personal issues. The existence of the reputation system can afford a cowardly way of "getting back" at that member rather than explicitly clearing the air either in an open topic or private message.
All-positive reputation systems, such as the "like" system, seem to work best in a loose community of people who only interact occasionally, such as most interactions on Facebook. Positive-Negative systems, such as the Vote up/vote down system, seem to work best in communities like ours where we deal with other frequently. The passive-aggressive creeps described above are generally too cowardly to vote down content because doing so gets their hostility out in the open, which they prefer to avoid. But among otherwise healthy participants, it can be a good discussion generator.
I'm open to people's opinions on which system, if any, is preferred and why. I don't have a strong opinion on it one way or the other though if we were to keep a reputation system, I lean toward the vote up/vote down system. Anyone else care to weight in?
One more thing 'warning points' please explain all the new changes or point me to notification if I missed, please.
So, rather than just automatically placing someone in temporary moderator preview for repeatedly posting a topic in the wrong forum, for example, and then having them get their butt on their shoulders about it, a discreet and polite warning could be given explaining the error to the member. The member would simply need to acknowledge the instruction from the moderator in order to resume posting. It accomplishes the same result-- educating the member on properly using the forums-- but in a more automated way
Someone actually noticed! The big guy, forever on a quest to improve the site, is trying this out to see what folks prefer or if they even care. As always, opinions are welcomed
Absotootly! In fact, I disabled the reputation system altogether for a couple days just to see if anyone noticed. No PMs, no posts on it until Patricio's. But please let me know your thoughts on all this. Reputation, yes or no? If yes, which type? Sound off!