Originally Posted by M2
As noted, the plug-in Boss mentioned only would allow positive feedback. And no one ever had their opinion influenced by a reputation rating before, so I don't see why it would start now.
What it would accomplish is giving the community the ability to once again identify quality (the lack of which has been the main complaint I've heard from many long-time board members, a fair number of whom no longer post here for that very reason) and set some standards. The ability to "like" a post plays an important role in online communities. It allows the group as a whole to steer the conversation a bit and encourages people after they've made good/well-considered/creative/interesting/amusing posts. The board needs more good stuff and less skull-pounding inanity.
That was precisely my point (that no one's opinion is influenced by a reputation rating). So I think it's kind of redundant to have a rating system.
Good conversation can already steer good conversation. Quantifying it isn't going to make the conversation any better. Now, like I said above, if we're going to have a rating system, I do much prefer the "like" option where you simply credit a good post. But my point is I just don't see how a rating system will improve the conversation. We can already identify good posts and respond to them. Each person has that ability without needing to see a measurement or tally by the person's name.
Again, to reiterate, I don't see much of a harm in having the ability to "like" a post. I just don't think it will fundamentally change how folks interact with one another. A good post will always be considered a good post and a poor post will always be a poor post. The conversations will take on a life of their own on the content rather than the rating.