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View Poll Results: What would you like to see happen with "Rep Points" ?
Leave things as they are 46 37.70%
Eliminate them 76 62.30%
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Old 01-21-2008
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Maybe I'm wrong, but my impression during the short time I've been around is that neg. rep points are mainly used to "punish" members with different ideas expressed on "off topic" threads (99% of the times on political issues)...

...well, and also to funnel some sort of hidden revenge against a specific fellow for saying things in a REAL straighforward way (ohhh... those hot-blooded Iberians! )

Anyway, not the purposes why they were originally intended, I'm sure about that. And I don't see a point in maintaining them.
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Positive only would be my choice, otherwise dump them.
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Axe 'em

Given the two choices in the poll, I've gotta say "over the side with it..."

Although initially a very well intentioned concept, it does seem that the rep point system has become more of a popularity contest than an indicator of a poster's sailing bona fides.

However if there is continued interest in retaining some public indicator of a poster's subjective value to the SailNet community, then perhaps it could be restarted under different procedures.

I'd suggest that only moderators be allowed to adjust a poster's score. Of course, this would add yet another task to the overall burden of those who do yeoman's work keeping things on track and civil here -- which is undoubtedly an extremely challenging, frustrating and all too often a thankless mission.

If a broader set of judges is desired, then maybe a temporary "honorary moderator" system could work. In order to be selected as an honorary moderators, you'd have to have a fairly high number of posts and also have a minimum rep level.

Just a few thoughts -- please pile one with comments/complaints.

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I agree. I already know who to listen too and who not to. Even when I was new to the board it took a very short time to figure out who knew what they were talking about.

It also seems like the negitive points are given out on threads other than sailing.
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They are meaningless, especially since you get them automatically for every thousand posts is it? Eliminate them is my vote.
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My vote is to dump 'em. They don't really sure any good purpose.
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I like the "Positive only" idea. There are times I like to let the poster know how much I appreciate the knowledge and experience they share without actually posting it. When I was a newbie I felt more confident about the advice given from higher Rep Powers. I think giving a negative shows a lack of class and would never do it.

If it is done away with please let me have a really big number right before you do it so I can feel like I'm somebody for atleast a few minutes.

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I'd vote to eliminate the rep points. Part of the skill in sorting through the firehose of information now readily available is figuring out who to believe. Any rating system like "reps" that allows anonymous feedback is subject to skewing and destroying the whole reason for its creation. It also is a pain in the butt for moderators/publishers/sites.
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I'm indifferent to rep points. I won't cry if they go away and I won't cheer if they stay.
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I'm indifferent to rep points. I won't cry if they go away and I won't cheer if they stay.
I'm with Kwalt on this one...

But a thought... perhaps eliminate rep points access from the Off Topic thread if that is the one that causes the most problems with this issue. It's easy to see personalities and petty disagreements cloud the whole issue in these types of "discussions".

I realize that someone determined to rap you could get at you from another thread, but hopefully it would slow some down.
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