Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 12, 2012, 3:48 a.m. EST by jrhirsch
from Sun City, CA
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
After reading some of the responses to the previous post about ending the point system, I came up with a possible compromise.
Instead of awarding one point for every reply to a post, why not award zero points for every reply? There should be no points gained for something that no one has voted for. Points would only be gained when someone has upvoted someone's reply. Doing this will help eliminate the desire to boost point scores by replying endlessly to posts.
In the present system, if a person makes 1,000 replies, with an equal number of up and down votes, he receives a 1,000 point score. What sense does that make? The score is meaningless. Just quantity, no quality.
If a person starts with zero points per reply and makes 1000 replies, and receives a thousand up votes, that is meaningful. Quality, not quantity.
Another idea would be to reward posts, not just replies. Any thoughts?