IIRC, the ORG has picked up quite a bit since the thread discussing the game threads, and the most recent blow up that occurred on Sunday was a reaction to game threads being allowed in the ORG. It seems that some posters got offended when ORG posters made suggestions last week (or whenever it was) to re-open game threads in the ORG and post more in the ORG. Then again, that's just my interpretation of what happened, and I wasn't even on the board when it all happened so I may be mistaken.Originally Posted by rdiersin
Anyhow, (and the rest of this is stated in general to everyone, not rdiersin), when people get upset usually the first complaint to surface is about reputation points, which frankly boggles my mind why people are so infatuated and frustrated with rep points.
I see rep points much like Steel sees them: an appreciation for insight, research, analysis, evidence, etc. There is no favortism involved, at least not from me and not that I've seen.
If you want rep points, the formula is pretty simple for posters to do at least one of the following: Give the board excellent insight on a topic and include some evidence to back it up, make the readers think on a topic, approach each topic with an open mind, provide the board with a great/humorous story, post your opinions in an articulate manner with a logical thinking process, and by golly just aim to provide a positive and worthwhile contribution to the board.
The new posters who exemplify those excellent traits will reach 200 points and beyond very quickly. And if any of those traits are difficult for a poster to provide on the board, well then they're going to have a difficult time accumulating rep points.
All that said, I do think it would be a major benefit if the board aimed to provide examples of some high quality threads and posts to be more readily available to read since I don't think The Archives does an adequate job at all with that. For one, that forum section is buried in the bottom, and secondly, half the threads in there seem to deal with policy changes or contain threads where there was some snippy fighting. IMO, if you asked the board to come up with a small contingent of threads and posts that shined through on what RedsZone stands for in a quality measure, you'll find many threads that are not listed in The Archives. Make those threads easily accessible for everyone to read and be reminded of the quality RedsZone aims to provide, and it would benefit the board, IMO.