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Announcement Heads up about Thanks and Way to Go's (WTG) buttons in the forum

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions, Announcements, & Feedback' started by Casinomeister, Aug 11, 2016.

    Aug 11, 2016
  1. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Hi All,

    We are having some database errors, and one of the culprits is one of the scripts we've been using. Specifically the WTG button that is used in some forums - mostly in the Winner Screenshots forum.

    In most of the forum, you can "Thank" people for their posts. When you do so, your reputation increases by 5 points. That's great. The thing is, years and years ago - when the winner screenshots threads began, some people were only posting there and not participating in the rest of the forum. Some people were getting bucket loads of rep points, but they were only posting screenshots <gasp> :eek: So I made the command decision to change that script in those forums and made the rep points you get there 0 instead of 5. :thumbsup:

    Well, years later it's backfiring. The Way to Go script has got to go. So I will need to turn this off. By doing so, all of those WTGs are going to disappear, sorry :(.

    The upside is you won't be losing any points for it - at least that's some consolation. :D

    And I will turn on the "Thanks" button for those screenshot threads, so you can now earn points there. :yahoo: Screenshots have become a big deal - and the threads are quite popular. And there is nothing stopping you from going back and thanking peeps for the screenshots that they've shared in the past.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    :cheers:
     
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  2. Aug 11, 2016
  3. goatwack

    goatwack enthused hangman CAG

    Occupation:
    Turns Tricks
    Location:
    Londonia
    Casinomeister has always had the two factions since I've been here - the screenshotters and the talkers :cool:

    It's a bit 'one size fits all' though and I'm not really a fan of the new format.

    Change is always bad :( Casinomeister is ruined!! :eek:
     
  4. Aug 11, 2016
  5. incrediblestuff

    incrediblestuff SearchingForTheHolyGrail! CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    Currently: Self employed, Previously: Manager
    Location:
    Mostly the Netherlands
    Wanted to WTG this actually, but alas... :p

    Just wanted to share that i've stopped WTG'ing those screens and vid's, because i had missed loads of them in a row, on several occasions, and found myself doing exactly what you described Bryan..goiung back and WTG'ing all contributions i missed, at one time i missed so many, and was literally clicking and scrolling for half an hour or more..this caused me to get a severe RSI attack :lolup:

    Since then haven't bothered, since i would feel guilty about WTG'ing one, then missing another..
    So i won't miss that button one bit. I think i have WTG'ed every single screenshot out there, which would add up to millions of clicks.. Perhaps i may sue you for indirect bodily harm somewhere in the near future :mad:
     
  6. Aug 11, 2016
  7. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Senior Member CAG PABnononaccred mm4

    Occupation:
    Manager
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Way to go,in more ways than one :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Aug 11, 2016
  9. barbara12

    barbara12 Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canada
    Huh. And I didn't even know you earned points for that. I would have been WTGing my ass off :D
     
  10. Aug 11, 2016
  11. hedgehok

    hedgehok Senior Member mm3

    Occupation:
    self-employed
    Location:
    Germany
    So you collect reputation for screenshots now?
    Reputation points have always been the best way to evaluate members for me. That might get distorted when screenshotters get all those juicy reputation points too. Especially those that usually don't participate in the general discussion.
     
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  12. Aug 11, 2016
  13. Jono777

    Jono777 Meister Member CAG mm4 mm1

    Occupation:
    Self- Employeed
    Location:
    Wolverhampton
    Fair point Hedge :thumbsup:

    Accepting it this way tho, I do feel we might be saving Bryan a potential huge headache!
     
  14. Aug 11, 2016
  15. goatwack

    goatwack enthused hangman CAG

    Occupation:
    Turns Tricks
    Location:
    Londonia
    Here's the thing: it's now been put in favour of screenshotters whilst those who hardly ever post them get penalized.

    Screenshots are great and all but someone could get 50 'thanks' with three screenshots in a matter of a minute, whilst it might take any active member 40 posts to get that. But you'll never hear a peep from the screenshotters....if you want to just post pictures then there's always Instagram and the like. The Thanks feature has now been cheapened and become pointless :(

    Far better to have a 'Screenshot Thanks' row alongside the normal 'Thanked' section if you wanted to seperate both properly.

    It's gone far too lopsided now on one side. Maybe even have no 'Thanks' at all for screenshots and leave that for members that actively partake in discussions and the like!

    When asked about Casinomeister changes a while back this could have made for some good feedback, but alas, no.
     
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  16. Aug 11, 2016
  17. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Senior Member CAG PABnononaccred mm4

    Occupation:
    Manager
    Location:
    West Sussex
    I do not see any benefit one way or another about "thanks"? Do we get a blue peter badge or something? For me its just tipping my hat
     
  18. Aug 11, 2016
  19. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    I agree! To get points for posting a screenshot makes them points totally worthless in my eyes.

    Maybe we could try removing the thanks button a while and see how people are behaving. Is it really that important?
     
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  20. Aug 11, 2016
  21. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

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    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    The only way to get around this issue IMO is (if it were possible) would be to have a different weighting on the thanks for videos/screenshots say 1/4. I agree that with lots of important topics that many never contribute to as it takes effort, but they can simply chuck a photo in and be applauded equally somewhat skews things a tad.:cool:
     
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  22. Aug 11, 2016
  23. goatwack

    goatwack enthused hangman CAG

    Occupation:
    Turns Tricks
    Location:
    Londonia
    A gold star if you must know.

    But surely it's a form of recognition for contributions to the forum and discussions. Or are you saying the whole format for 18 years has been flawed and doesn't need it?

    I've spent countless hours here and given something, many screenshotters have not and can't be arsed.
     
  24. Aug 11, 2016
  25. goatwack

    goatwack enthused hangman CAG

    Occupation:
    Turns Tricks
    Location:
    Londonia
    That's probably not a bad idea either :cool:
     
  26. Aug 11, 2016
  27. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Senior Member CAG PABnononaccred mm4

    Occupation:
    Manager
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Maybe its just me but I am not really all that precious about my posts. I simply enjoy posting,getting feedback and learning a lot in here :thumbsup:
     
  28. Aug 11, 2016
  29. hedgehok

    hedgehok Senior Member mm3

    Occupation:
    self-employed
    Location:
    Germany
    Good point dunover. If possible just drop the reputation you get for posting in the screenshot section to 0 and keep the "Thanks" button.
     
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  31. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    I'll look into if there is a way to weigh points in each forum. There is a newer version of that plugin, so we'll see. :D

    As for wondering what rep points do, they are an integral part of increasing your membership level.
     
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  32. Aug 11, 2016
  33. goatwack

    goatwack enthused hangman CAG

    Occupation:
    Turns Tricks
    Location:
    Londonia
    Jesus man. Like I said, it's not really important but a feedback tool. All that's happened now is that those members that only post screenshots and nothing else will look to appear as though they've contributed in some significant way, when all they do is hit and run never to be seen again and certainly not adding to any particular discussion. Jokes notwithstanding :mad:

    I've read some cracking threads over the years and still believe a form of acknowledgement/ agreement should be in place if possible. I may not always have the time to post my own elaborate and witty response and much prefer just thanking them.

    Most forums on the net have this feature, but you don't see threads just littered with members throwing pictures at each other :cool:
     
  34. Aug 11, 2016
  35. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Senior Member CAG PABnononaccred mm4

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    Manager
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Chill ya beans man. Is being the Casinomeister's equivalent to an international pop star and sex thimble not good enough for ya?
     
  36. Aug 11, 2016
  37. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    I've found a solution that I think will make everyone happy. :thumbsup:

    It's an upgrade with some cool bells and whistles. I'll be dealing with this tomorrow. :D
     
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  38. Aug 11, 2016
  39. lotusch

    lotusch Noob Webby webby PABaccred mm2

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    Dún Dealgan
    I haven't seen the ol' karma button option yet. ;)
     

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