i've GOT the basics down (thanks tolvo). i just wanted to discuss my thoughts on it a little bit and see if they bounced i guess. sorry if this is a commonly posted topic - i don't really leave the pvp section as i'm sure some may have noticed.
so basically.. we have this nifty little system where you can give positive or negative votes... anonymously... and along with "thanks" that can be given by OP's, a little reputation number under your avatar goes up or into the negatives. i get that that gives the community a quick glance at how that player acts when compared to their total post count...
ie a few posts and high rep- leaves only useful info and largely ignores normal discussion
lots of posts and high rep- does a bit o both
lots of posts and near 0 rep- lives in off topic
low posts and high negative rep- pro troll
high posts and high negative rep- butts heads a lot.
in a nut shell right.. obvs theres different reasons..
"Yeah we know, jacka**!" hang on! just lemme set up the groundwork.
but.. what about that player who is new to the series but is also a forum junkie in general..
they come on here, mad that they got lagstabbed or attacked questing by a modder/glitcher and they just lay into the game- publicly. i know everyone has gotten upset with a game and maybe threw a controller or three or made the cat consider running away from home- but this guy/girl decided to freak out online.
then you come along, bored at work and notice the thread. you downvote it cause you felt like you've lost those 20 seconds of your life that you're already being paid for or something ahaha idk- fill in the blanks.
this is where things start to get a little weird.. how likely do you think the next person is to downvote that thread after they see that new member whose already downvoted and the locals are already poking with the pitchforks and torches (hell, i know i'm usually first to the show, not trying to point fingers here) vs basically the same topic, but this one is not downvoted, has a familiar member as the op and other posters just offering solutions or even agreeing?
i'd put money on the new members thread..
well, before you know it that new member is sitting at -5 or -10... without them knowing wtf that red bar even is or what that -10 rep under their name really represents to the community.
couple of weeks later they come back, they got a new controller and they've beaten that boss/won their first pvp match/sobered up. idk, again fill in the blanks. they just start posting away, unaware of what that original post did to their rep.
now.. remember those really lame examples i gave up above? when you see this new member posting and you see that horrible rep you're going to have a slightly predetermined view of whatever they post... unless you actually go and find why they where downvoted yourself- which is a royal chore.
so.. they appear in a thread you're talking in about idk.. great combustion and dex.
leave this comment that i made up (it took me forever to come up with it..)
i kind of think the dex, attune and item slot is a waste. skilled weapon use can cover missing pyros.
if they have high rep, that'll be viewed as an opinion- maybe that person isn't talking out their a** and has some more advice to give.
if that comes from a -10 5 post person that's viewed as "LOL YOU BAD. WEAPON BETTER.". obviously not to that extent, but most people will more likely take that as a direct attack or insult because of that little number under their name.. it might even make members treat them differently or downvote them more IF THEY DON'T KNOW WHY IT'S NEGATIVE.
now.. lets just flip it around a bit.
you've been on the forums for a while, and you usually try to help people out or speak your mind... probably a little bit to much.
you log on after a couple of days mia and notice your rep has gone up quite a bit.. you think to yourself "neat, i bet that guy liked my advice" so you go check the post.. nothing.
okay.. you go check some other posts.. nothing.
you know someone was happy about what you did, but you have NO IDEA what exactly it is. it's like some guy off the street walked up to you, shook your hand and couldn't stop saying thanks- and then they walk away before telling you why. it's a little bit weird.
it's cool to know that you're doing helpful things, but how are you suppose to work with the feedback and keep doing those things if YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE!
lets pretend that you posted something stupider than hell a month ago and a bunch of dingbats thought it was hilarious. that's the reason it got upvoted lets say..
now lets pretend that some other dingbat saw this and got mad that, in his eyes, the equally funny post below yours had no green bar of awesomeness.
this guys now batman and you just killed his family.
he goes to thru all of your old posts each day and downvotes whatever he can.
you come back and notice your rep has dropped like a rock.. you get curious and check some of your recent opinionated posts.. but nothing. you have no idea what you've done to anger someone unless you pull some investigative work and search thru your old posts.. all 5k of them.. and even if you do find them you have no idea how many downvotes a particular one got unless it has an upvote, so you have no idea just HOW MAD people where with what you said.
it just seems like a cool system for the forums, i really like it.. but i don't know, some stuff doesn't make sense with it.
i don't care either way, i'm not really posting this to demand change or something, more just to see what others think about the topic and to maybe bring some points up that might interest any readers.
abrupt conclusion ftw. lemme know what you think, or add your own essay.. i'll even mark it for you.
- WYRM MY POINT COUNT IS GOING UP!