Originally Posted by cliffdykes
I agree with Geopowers. This is a step too far.
Pity your algorithms can't measure the quality of posts rather than the quantity.
I'd kind of like to address what cliffdykes, GeoPowers and Springbok have brought up. You're right, it is quality and not quantity. On some forums
I've been on a few guys have tons of posts ... but only on politics, jokes and things where any opinion if fine; it makes you wonder if they ever sail(ed). I've seen one guy with reportedly thousands of miles under under his keel
but you would never know it since his comments don't show any real experience, research
or anything other than
an affinity for one-liners, rim-shots, and emoticons. Conversely, the constant emphasis on quality is tough to do. Personally, when I find someone whose thoughts I really respect, I read everything they write.
That said, agreeability and persistence have value too. But what Andy (or whoever did the selection) is really left with is either: "what's quantifiable?", "who do I/we like?" or an attempt at being fair -- however that's defined -- since you can't get to know everyone. Like it or not (and I think I've made my view clear) the number of posts and time on the forum are going to be a large part of it.
From my position, I'd like to think this is some sort of recognition that I try to impart good stuff to others, but it realize it may not be. But I'm still going to do my best regardless because I find it it's own reward. I think the same is true for others, regardless of the little green tag or not. I've learned tons from the members on this board, including some that have left it. There is a critical mass of experience here that is tough to find elsewhere. If I want to find out about something technical about a new set of electronics
, I can to Panbo. But about 20% of the comments are by people here. That's tough to replicate and it's why I like this place. As for the upgrade, the real benefit for me is not having to clear out my PM box so much. The discounts are possible but, not done yet. In other words, for the real value is what I've already received, not a tag.
As much as I'd like to end with a really witty DOJ-like comment, I'm going to have to fall back on another serious comment since I'm not really all that clever. If you see the intention of the tags as good (or smart if you think it will induce others to actually financially support the board) then there is no reason to put Andy in the position of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (er, rather uncriticized
) regardless of the implementation.
: Thanks for not making me clean out my inbox so much.