This feature is intended for the help forum and a few other forums that deal with giving advice.
How do you know people aren't going to rate their mates' posts up regardless of merit (or rate down the posts of people they don't like)?
There's quite enough scoring and rating going on in HubPages as it is IMO - it's all getting a tad silly. We just don't need yet another rating system.
How about leaving it up to people's individual judgment to decide whether a post has merit or not? Or is that sort of thinking passe nowadays?
Not having a go at you personally, but I'm getting a bit tired of this kind of stuff - it's like being back at school.
Yes, and how about a score for the longest post, or the quickest comment in response to a post, how about a score for the sharpest dressed hubber or a minus score for the a-hole of the week.
I thnk there is enough scoring going on to satisfy even the most egocentric hubbers, dont you?
I don't see the point. And people will just vote down what they disagree with, much like the Answers.
I think the idea is a great one, sadly I wonder how workable it is?
Clearly if post's are in violation or are complete and utter nonsense then they need to be removed.
As a newbie when I read a post or a comment that I am interested in I make a point of checking out the person that posted it. Using Hubscore, hubkarma and a speed read of their hubs I come to a conclusion whether I feel the information is reliable.
Ok it's not scientific but good, honest, knowledgable hubbers stand out above the crowd; or at least they do for me.
I think more than a week in the religion thread would see this idea abandoned
I agree with the earlier posts that there's enough scoring going on already. I understand why they allow people to rate hubs, as a higher rating comes with tangible benefits. But rating forum posts? I can't think of one good reason to do it. Most people post on the help forums to do just that--help. Most of the posters are not looking for recognition or pats on the back. They just want to share what they've learned along the way.
The intention was to help hubbers sort the good answers from the bad, not to give prominence to anyone helping out on the forum.
Actually, I view it as a more eglitarian model compared to Thisoli's proposal yesterday of giving "Elite" status to certain members because they contribute to the help forum; an idea that I do not favor.
The religion forum has nothing to do with my proposal, please see the OP.
Ahh sorry misread your post, thought this was meant across the board.
Are you thinking of a Yahoo Answers type setup?
I'm not sure how I feel about rating posts, because a lot of us who are not knowledgable could give high ratings to posts that contain false or inadequate information, simply because they seem reliable and confident (an inherent flaw of democracy).
On the other hand, I do like the idea that someone somewhere helps to validate the truth (or not) of the information that is given out. I don't think that the "joined" date by a Hubber's name tells enough of the story. Some people who have joined HP very recently may have a great deal of experience in other sectors of the web, and they can give a lot of good advice as a result. Conversely, some people who have been members of HP for a long time may not have participated in very many activities, and so their "advice" may or may not have value to newbies.
I realize that incorrect information in forums is often pointed out by more knowledgable Hubbers - but because of time limitations, a less experienced Hubber may rush out to try something that was actually bad advice, before they see the responses that are given to correct the posted bad advice.
I actually do like the idea of having some sort of indication - on an avatar, on a Hubber's profile, or as another line below number of hubs and number of followers - that gives newer Hubbers a clue as to the expertise of the person giving the advice. Maybe a number of $ or £ (0-3) signs to indicate whether the Hubber is earning a lot here; maybe some icon to give a clue as to how many other websites the person is operating (which should be a clue to their knowledge of the web); maybe an icon that would indicate whether the person has any IT training and/or experience, etc. I do think it could be helpful in sorting out the best from the merely adequate advice.
Aficionada, I think that your concerns are pretty similar to mine, which was what motivated me to start this thread. One other hand, it sounds to me like with respect to solutions, you may find more merit in what Thisisoli proposed yesterday (see link provided above).
Although people may initially rate up or down based upon lack of understanding, I do believe that in the long run scores will tend to fairly reflect whether posts are good or not. Several negative ratings would be a warning sign, giving people pause and a reason to dig deeper.
Besides, there are so many types of knowledge needed in the help forum: One could hardly expect anyone to master them all. That would be the weakness of any distinction attached to persons, in my opinion.
Some people might not want their earnigns disclosed, tyan kett for instance recently removed his contact button on the profile because he was inundated with people asking how he made money.
High earners who prefer to stay anonymous might not like a feature such as this!
I think we agree in a lot here. I actually did read thisisoli's proposal and forum posts yesterday and didn't understand his idea at first; but later I believe I caught on, even though I didn't reply again.
Maybe my suggestion does resemble his, but it also ties in to what you [WE] have said, i.e. that so many types of knowledge are needed in the help forum; that is why I tried to suggest different icons to represent different types of expertise.
To some extent, Authorscore helps with validating a Hubber's posts; but since it can also simply reflect current activity, it may not actually indicate expertise.
My own "ranking," in the system I'm brainstorming about, would be something like this:
0 $, 0 © [no web-publishing experience], 0 ? [no IT experience], 3 ¶ [pretty good grammar, spelling, language use]
Yes, other posters could probably figure out someone's strengths, given time and interaction. But some sort of indicator might help facilitate the process. Maybe it could be a system which Hubbers choose to participate in or not.
Anyway, since there are so many of us, it is probably pretty unlikely to be viable; how much of the © and ? part can the staff actually corroborate?
Please understand, I really am just brainstorming here. All of us have a learning curve in HP, and I like the idea of knowing what sort of weight to give to the posts from different Hubbers. But it's definitely not the highest priority for me. That would be getting out there and backlinking!
My initial question was regarding the kind of people getting given elite status (hub greets) however a couple of members of teh Hubgreets team responded and soon showed that they more than earn a specific title, they do a lot more than I ever thought they did!
I do however think having an elite group for marketing and SEO would be a nice addition.
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