Helped Me points
on another forumn i am a part of when a member posts a question and someone answers it, the original posted has an option to select "helped me" from that post (or other posts).
then forumn members can start building points based on how many people they have helped.
not sure the usefulness but its a cool feature.
There is a way to rate a "thread"s helpfulness. It is on a drop down menu, in which you rate it by a "star" count.
As far as the ratings of "individual members", in terms of their helpfulness, I think a person's helpfulness on this site speaks for itself. There are alot of very knowledgable and helpful members on the site. Just by perusing the forums a little, they are easily found. Even by posting a question, they are found.
Personally, I don't like the idea of individual ratings, as; even adults tend to get a little egotistical, and competative, when assigned a visible/public point, or grading system (it's sad, but common-place).
There are people who donate money to a charity anonymously, because they want to. Their "gift" is geniune, truly helpful, and from the heart.
There are people who donate money to a charity, for the added bonus of their name being read, published, announced, or even put on a plaque (and displayed).....Their motives, and their help, become questionable.
That's JMHO, others may feel differently...
I'd have to agree with Atlantic. I've been to and am a member of other sites (mostly for pro's only) and often a topic degenerates to a "pi**ing contest" between a couple of guys who want to prove their answer is the best. I think there's a good balance here, as is. I don't think anyone's word is taken (or is intended to be taken) as gospel when a question is answered. When there are differing opinions on a subject, everyone gets a fair shake in answering and nobody seems to try to reply or correct another poster in a rude manner........
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