Re: Let's all take a deep breath (everyone please read)
I am still new to the forum and look forward to being a productive poster and community member. I like the hide rep points and sticky threads with beat to death topics.
So much of this can be solved with common sense. The vets here should activley take the time to hand out rep points and not be lazy about it. If you want a rep system to work you can't stop handing it out because you've gotten bored or torked with "newbies". I'm not saying give it away willy-nilly but are vets honestly taking the time to read posts from new people and rewarding those that are good? (a retorical question). I think this is a fair topic to raise as a number of people on this thread and a simular one on ORG have admitted to being lazy about giving out rep.
For us new folks we should spend more time writing good posts and less time worrying about who likes us or doesn't. We are all human and want to "fit in" on some level, no matter how much we deny it. But if we spend more time doing research, thinking about how we express our opinions, re-reading our posts before posting them, asking questions instead of trying to think of the best come back, etc etc then the rep will come. Also, if a vet responds with a reply that rubs you the wrong way, send them a PM asking them to explain further or discuss the topic in more detail. Don't just instantly take offence and gear up for a battle royale.
People spend too much time trying to be "right" about particular topics and not enought time considering what the other person might be trying to say. If the vets do their part, and the new folks focus on quality posts (combined with the tweaks discussed above) problems will iron themselves out.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate