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    Proper Usage of the PCF Reputation System

    It seems some EF members are confused about the purpose and proper usage of the forum reputation system.

    Hopefully this guide will clear things up a bit.


    Basic Overview

    The forum reputation system is intended to allow members to provide feedback to one another relating to their threads, posts and contributions to forum discussions. If another member makes a particulary noteworthy contribution to a discussion, the reputation system provides a way to show appreciation. On the other hand, if a post is unfair, off-topic, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable, the reputation system gives the forum community a way to self-police itself.

    The display of reputation levels in the member info and profile areas is intended as a rough guide of member's esteem within the forum community. This of course does not mean that the opinions or information provided by someone with a high reputation level is always accurate, nor does it mean that someone with low reputation should be ignored or belittled. When judging the value of a post or opinion, readers should put more weight on the content and logic of the content, rather than on who the author is.


    When to give positive reputation

    As mentioned above, members are encouraged to give one another feedback for thoughtful, constructive posts that help to inform the community and contribute to the thread topic. This helps create a more informative and positive atmosphere to the forum in general, and results in a more enjoyable and worthwhile experience when reading the forums.

    When NOT to give positive reputation

    The reputation system should not be abused. Friends should not dilute the purpose of the reputation system and regularly hand out +reps to their friends and society mates just because they like them. Positive reps should be given directly as feedback and thanks for meaningful contributions to the forum.


    When to give negative reputation

    If you find a post that is clearly off-topic, rude, inciteful, inflammatory, flaming or unfair, you should let the poster know this with a negative reputation comment, with reasons why you think the post in question was objectionable. In all cases, reputation comments are subject to the same forum rules as public posts.


    When NOT to give negative reputation

    You should not leave a negative reputation simply because you disagree with another member's opinion. If you have a strong disagreement, your views should be aired within the thread, so that others can read and comment in kind. You should not give a negative rep as revenge for a negative rep left by another member for you. You also should not make a campaign of leaving negative reps for members that you simply dislike, or have had differences with in the past.


    Notes

    All reputation comments are subject to the same rules as public posts on the forum. This means you should not flame, insult or threaten another member with your reputation comments. There seems to be a recent trend toward very hostile reputation comments. Such behavior will no longer be tolerated. Forum admins (MindBuster and myself) have the ability to review repuation comments left by members if a complaint is made. If any member feels they have been attacked in such a manner, please send a Private Message to MindBuster or 711 with the offending member's name, and we will investigate and take appropriate action.

    Moderators and admins also make use of the reputation system, so members should not be surprised to see both positive or negative reputation comments from forum staff.
    Last edited by 711; 01-18-2007 at 00:39.

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    What i always found strange is that giving +rep when you agree with someone's opinion is widely appreciated, but when you -rep for not agreeing with someone's opinion, you are considered abusing the system

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einstein View Post
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    What i always found strange is that giving +rep when you agree with someone's opinion is widely appreciated, but when you -rep for not agreeing with someone's opinion, you are considered abusing the system
    I dont pos rep someone just because I agree with someone, I pos rep if they make a valid point
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    Quote Originally Posted by Einstein View Post
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    What i always found strange is that giving +rep when you agree with someone's opinion is widely appreciated, but when you -rep for not agreeing with someone's opinion, you are considered abusing the system
    Rephrase:

    Whistling at a hot chick is generally considered complementary but booing all who are not would be in bad taste.
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    Nicely done 711 ... thank you for taking the time to post this very helpful clarification of the EF rep system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nightbird View Post
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    Rephrase:

    Whistling at a hot chick is generally considered complementary but booing all who are not would be in bad taste.
    funny.. i always thought whistling at *any* chick was pretty much in bad taste.

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    all mods gonna follow this from now on then ?

    thanks for the list thou made for a nice read it is still just a guide thou correct ?
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    Thank you for clearing that up.

    I tend to +rep people when they contribute to my own personal interest. Like if they make me laugh, help me out or if they brightens my day in any other way. Beeing entertained in a good way is something I appreciate, so +repping people for beeing funny, even though it maybee doesent contribute that much to a thread, would that be abusing the system?

    Of course I +rep people who are helpfull to others aswell. I try to throw a +rep every now and then when I see someone helping out, or trying to.

    Now, for the negreps, I don´t feel that beeing off-topic is a good reason for thoose. My experience of EntropiaForum is that even though there is some off-topic posts in threads, its original value is most often kept. Though this is odd, from all other forums I got experience from, one off-topic post makes the threads go wacko...

    My personal idea of the -rep system is to use it against people who try to be rude, or in some other way lower the experience off the forum.

    So, am I way off or can I continue doing it like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skam View Post
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    I dont pos rep someone just because I agree with someone, I pos rep if they make a valid point
    So am i allowed to min rep if people don't have a point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einstein View Post
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    So am i allowed to min rep if people don't have a point?
    Do you have a point with that statement ?
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