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Member Post Counts Visible In Threads

Discussion in 'GT Voting Booth' started by Eric, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Should members' post counts be visible under their names, when you view message threads? There are a couple of reasons why I think they shouldn't: Firstly, I think that when post count is visible, people put too much stock in it and it caused quite a bit of trouble when it was visible, in the past. Secondly, I will be adding the paid tier icons in that area this week and when I do, it is going to make that area take up a bit more space. Having the post count line gone would offset this somewhat. This will only be an issue on really short messages, where the user content on the left may be taller than the message content on the right, causing some dead space under the message.

    The post count display in message threads has been turned off for years and no one seemed to miss it. When that feature came online, when I switched to vBulletin, it caused a lot of trouble. People were posting dozens of spam messages to pad their count and other foolishment was being caused by people attaching way too much importance to a simple statistic. I must admit though that since the upgrade, when the post count feature came back online, it doesn't seem to have caused any trouble. At this point, I am ambivalent on this subject. What does everyone think? Please feel free to post your comments on this issue here, in addition to voting. Eric
     
  2. SeriousStudent

    SeriousStudent

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    It doesn't really bother me either way. I would lean towards whatever is more efficient for the servers.

    I have read posts from people with a low count that were brilliant, and posts from "founding members" that had me scratching my head. And vice versa. I consider the source, not their post count.

    Have a good weekend, Eric.
     


  3. heyTJ

    heyTJ Giddy up!

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    I'll take the Mitt Romney approach, yes and no.

    I do agree about taking stock in your total post count and spamming.

    So get rid of it.

    If you really care that much about someones post count just view their profile.



    TJ
     
  4. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

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    I like the option of having the count visible.

    If folks don't want it, they should be able to turn it off in their profile.

    I know Eric could do that easily.
     
  5. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    downside variable but occasionally annoying as heck.

    if i had a site with a similar number of users i'd default to KISS and take it off and discuss it no further. next issue.

    can i wish for more archives than we have, in ANY format, in ANY fashion, chasing back into the dawn of history? specifically S&P which HURTS that's gone, and even a pay by megabit download of a text file would be amazingly juicy and wonderful and so happily received. tyvm for reading my wish list, santa, ;) ..
     
  6. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I am guessing that you didn't read the 'The Purpose of This Forum' message, before participating.:supergrin: Please keep this on-topic. You are always welcome to PM suggestions to me. Eric
     
  7. Sucka

    Sucka

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    As i've always said on other forums:

    YOU ARE NOT YOUR POST COUNT.
     
  8. Lee-online

    Lee-online Mul-ti-pass

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    I don't think post counts contribute anything to the forum. It doesn't show if a member is experienced, it just shows they post alot.
    I say leave them off.
     
  9. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    I say leave the post count on the Profile page.

    :supergrin:
     
  10. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    IMHO, post content is more important than post count
     
  11. I'm for quality over quantity. I really like not seeing those post counts on this forum!!
     
  12. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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  13. Cclass

    Cclass CLM

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    I prefer seeing the post count. It doesn't really bother me that it's gone, but I voted to keep it.
     
  14. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    I prefer to NOT see it. Contrary to some beliefs, I don't check mine, EVER, and it makes me feel self conscious when people can see it. I already KNOW I post frequently,thank you verramush.:)
     
  15. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    Will the "Blog Entries" also go to the profile page?
     
  16. d3athp3nguin

    d3athp3nguin

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    I vote to keep it off. It's like those forums or profile sites that award "exp" points for doing silly things like leaving comments and giving fake gifts. All it does is encourage people to post for posting's sake.

    And like others have said, the less undue traffic on your servers, the better.
     
  17. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Millennium Member

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    The only time I have interest in post count is in the classified forums along with the seller's date of registration.
     
  18. Sucka

    Sucka

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    Good point.

    Why don't we use a feedback system similar to say Heatware. I've been using it for several years on computer forums, and i'm sure something similar must exist for firearms/accessories listings? Just a thought.
     
  19. da chef

    da chef glock convert

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    i voted yes as i prefer to see the stat but i also believe there's no need for it. unfortunately all it takes is a minority of abusers to mess up a nice feature.
     
  20. ax157

    ax157 Libertarian

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    I'm sorta where you are.

    I go by quality and content of the post over post count. As does almost everyone else on this forum I would suspect.

    But I still like casually seeing the post counts of various users.