But like all communities there are struggles going on deep with in the bowls of the individual. Now don't get me wrong, I am in no way grouping everyone together in the same camp and this is not an attack on anyone but rather my observation into the human mind or should I rather say the un-human mind.
Recently I post a number of questions and those that answered (I wont mention names) helped me immensely yet I was sadden to discover that one of the people that took their time to answer my post received... wait for it... -1 reputation. Well I was shocked considering I found the reply to be most useful, for one thing the poster did not just give me a code snippet and sent me on my way but opened my mind and enabled me to start the process of figuring it out for myself. Which is all I ever ask for, I'm a creature of learning and there is no benefit to me in receiving the "fish" now give me a "fishing rod" and you enrich my life for the better.
Well after this discovery I sat back and thought about what has just been done to my "hero of the day" and decided to investigate a little deeper and noted the following.
1) A person who doesn't reply to a post is able to shoot down someone else that has taken the time to help another without needing to state why they find it necessary to award this negative mark.
2) That a person can systematically trawl the site for post from one particular user and vote down all their posts in one day regardless whether they are useful to anyone else.
Well I'm sure that we can all agree that a reputation system is of no consequence, as adults we don't need a scoring system to tell us we are awesome yet it saddens me to find that even on an "InTelligent" forum there are people that will use the system to fuel their own petty agendas. I must admit that I chuckled when I realised that what they are doing can so easily be turned around on them and believe me I was tempted but alas I am obviously the mature one so I will walk away post my post and enjoy the opinions of other like minded users.
PS: I for one would like to see the reputation system get an overhaul - so that users have to state why they using it, be it for a vote up or down. And maybe limiting it to users that have contributed to the actual thread. If for no other reason but to give people an in site into what they are doing right or wrong.
Time for some coffee with a side of code
This post has been edited by Shado3225: 15 October 2010 - 12:03 AM