I have always thought that the Reputation System here at MiceChat was a positive thing. It gives us members a say in things. We can applaud people when they do well. We can also have a say when the opposite occurs. Over the years, the Reputation System has been criticized, analyzed, reworked, and even abused. I am glad it is part of the experience at MiceChat. I think all the members here at MiceChat should get in the habit of using it, and using it responsibly.
That's ok, Barb! While you're here, do you have any thoughts on the star ratings?
You bring up a good point about Rep. I also am a an of Rep. Yes, it can be abused, but it has a check system in it in that it can be countered by the person who received it and investigated by mods. I'm not sure if there is any system like this for the stars... I don't think so since it doesn't really "hurt" the user that receives the rating, it only hurts the post itself, I suppose.
The rating a thread feature is kind of hidden, and I believe not too many people even know it is there. I admit to not using it much. I think it works on an average basis, so if a thread starts out with a 5, and someone comes along, and rates it lower, it can never be a 5 again. I believe the feature will tell you how many people have actually rated the same thread, and I have never seen one thread get a lot of "rates". Also the stars, I believe do not show up in New Posts. Only, in the individual forums. Therefore, they might attract someone's attention.
I'm curious if many have opinions on the star rating option. It seems more people use it to kind of insult the original post than to say "Yes, this is a helpful/valuable/quality post". Thoughts?
I agree. It seems that the Thread Rating checkbox is often used as a vote against threads that criticize Disney, rather than a rating of how well or poorly the thread's discussion contributes to or detracts from the community. Unlike the rep system, the thread-vote box is a like/dislike scale that doesn't give the voter any parameters or guidelines on casting the vote. As a result, you'll see threads with well-written OPs and thoughtful followup posts get a "Terrible" (1-star) rating for no reason other than the topic is critical of Disney, alongside a thread with a poorly written, pot-stirring or trollish OP and flame followups that has the same 1-star rating. Without the kind of voting parameters that inform the rep system, thread ratings by themselves are arbitrary and offer the forum reader no reliable indication of the quality of the thread.
"With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
imagination or art. All you need is a brand."
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