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May 11, 2019
7:25 pm
Doug
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In another post of a another discussion thread, Shawguy suggested giving users the ability to rate posts in a manner similar to either Reddit (i.e., upvotes and downvotes) or to Facebook and vBulletin (which RedFlagDeals, or RFD, uses). So, I was checking and see what Simple:Press indeed does have such a plugin (more like Facebook, vBulletin, etc.).

https://simple-press.com/downloads/post-ratings-plugin/

I was surprised to learn, though, that Simple:Press isn't free, which is a bit odd to mean since Automattic makes self-hosted WordPress available for free, you'd think Simple:Press would want to continue the ethos of the open source community by making its product available for free. I know that you have your reasons for preferring Simple:Press, so presumably, cost isn't an issue and, thus, might this be a useful plugin to install on the forums?

Cheers,
Doug

May 11, 2019
8:43 pm
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I am not for it. My view is they tend to be popularity contests. If it does happen, I would want the option to be able to block seeing ratings.

P.S. In case anyone is wondering
I think places like Reddit and Facebook are garbage dumps.

May 11, 2019
9:42 pm
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AltaRed said
I am not for it. My view is they tend to be popularity contests. If it does happen, I would want the option to be able to block seeing ratings.

P.S. In case anyone is wondering
I think places like Reddit and Facebook are garbage dumps.  

Thanks for your reply, AltaRed. I should add that I'm indifferent to a post rating system. So my response would be a sort of "meh". I'm fine if Peter and forum members, generally, want to implement it, and am fine if we do not.

I do agree with your characterization of Facebook, though. sf-cool

Cheers,
Doug

May 11, 2019
10:05 pm
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I don't think it would help anything. It would just be clutter.

May 12, 2019
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I'm the only one who reads MY posts.  Do i get to vote for myself?

May 12, 2019
3:45 am
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Kidd said
I'm the only one who reads MY posts.  Do i get to vote for myself?  

Magnificent.

May 12, 2019
4:48 am
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Gratification seekers lurking everywhere - even on the HIS Forum - sheesh.

May 12, 2019
6:07 am
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Irrelevant to me who "likes" or doesn't like me or anyone else or anything that's said or written, or what goes on on Facebook, etc, so I'd not bother with the extra work and clutter for that reason. Up to Peter, whatever he thinks will enhance the site.

May 12, 2019
6:19 am
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I find this forum usually stays on topic and provides relevant, useful information. So any further rating system would probably not be an asset IMHO.

May 12, 2019
7:26 am
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Kidd said
I'm the only one who reads MY posts.  Do i get to vote for myself?  

I read your posts Kidd. You have a sense of humor and don't have a stick up your butt.

May 12, 2019
7:49 am
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I'd rather not see a rating given to posts. I feel it would intimidate some as thinking their post was not worthwhile.

I read all posts and decide for myself what is relevant to my decision making.

May 12, 2019
8:02 am
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I would be 100% against the ability to rate a post.

This idea is ludicrous!!!

Are we looking for the perfect post that has been edited by a moderator 3 times?

Are we looking for the fame of being the most popular poster?
Would that be based on quality or quantity of posts?

And would there be a manual on how to properly apply a rating so it was a fair rating?

While I do not use Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram as both my spouse and I think those sites are not a necessary thing to have as a necessary part of our lives and not want to have that additional hassle to control, to show and tell or become a victim of hacking or whatever nonsense can happen. I have seen first hand how some of these latter sites have had a negative impact on a teenage girl that now has depression and is going the wrong way in her life and won’t be able to regain her straight A grades or be able to apply for any scholarships in her last year of high school. And I do know, first hand, that depression is a real thing and it is a real monkey on your back for its duration. And while you get over depression and off the drugs there are things to be aware of and is best you stay away from. So let’s not make High Interest Savings into a Facebook or Instagram!!

This is site and a TimeShare support site are the only ones I use. And if either of them turn away from providing quality information and help then I have no problem in no longer supporting them.

May 12, 2019
8:04 am
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I should clarify... When I said polling feature... I meant the ability to ask a question with multiple choice answers.

Ex. Do you think this site is great?
1. Yes
2. No
3. I like it but I wouldn't say great.

Those types of polling questions. 🙂

May 12, 2019
8:22 am
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Shawguy said
I should clarify... When I said polling feature... I meant the ability to ask a question with multiple choice answers.

Ex. Do you think this site is great?
1. Yes
2. No
3. I like it but I wouldn't say great.

Those types of polling questions. 🙂  

I think that is sort of here as Peter has done polls on some of the Manitoba CUs. But I think it is time consuming to summarize it.

I have a poll question.
Does a member here continually “misinterpret” and hijack what I thought was a valuable post that others would be interested in?

May 12, 2019
9:09 am
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It’s supposed to be an information site and not a glory seeking endeavour. Ratings would be ludicrous.

May 12, 2019
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Kidd said
I'm the only one who reads MY posts.  Do i get to vote for myself?  

I assume you're being sarcastic, Kidd, but I also read and enjoy your posts, for what it's worth. 😉

As to voting for one's self, that depends on the system employed. Some systems permit upvoting (or downvoting, but who downvotes their own posts? 😉 ) one's own posts; whilst others do not.

Cheers,
Doug

May 12, 2019
9:23 am
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Shawguy said
I should clarify... When I said polling feature... I meant the ability to ask a question with multiple choice answers.

Ex. Do you think this site is great?
1. Yes
2. No
3. I like it but I wouldn't say great.

Those types of polling questions. 🙂  

Thanks for the added clarification, Shawguy. In the context of that thread, it did seem like you favoured some sort of system for members to rank the usefulness of a given thread. 🙂

Peter does run occasional polls on the site already. For further clarity, would you favour more frequent administrator-created polls, or the ability for members to attach a poll to a thread and/or post they create? The latter would be an interesting idea, but we might want to consider employing some sort of limiter to ensure the site doesn't out of hand with a poll in every thread or more than poll in a given thread. Perhaps members would be limited to creating no more than 1 poll a week or month and no more than 1 poll per thread could be created?

Cheers,
Doug

May 12, 2019
9:51 am
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Hypothetically if there was a poll option I have another question.

Is it fair to allow a very very amateur blogger to continually stray away from the profiles and articles written and prolifically over run the site trying to take ownership of something he doesn’t own just to see his name in the “bright lights”?

May 12, 2019
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GICinvestor said
Hypothetically if there was a poll option I have another question.

Is it fair to allow a very very amateur blogger to continually stray away from the profiles and articles written and prolifically over run the site trying to take ownership of something he doesn’t own just to see his name in the “bright lights”?  

That’s the second time you mentioned a someone that has jacked your thoughts. Who is it?

May 12, 2019
10:39 am
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Vatox said

That’s the second time you mentioned a someone that has jacked your thoughts. Who is it?  

I'm not sure that it's necessary to start naming forum members with whom we're bothered by - I'm sure we all have encountered a forum member (or two) that has rubbed us or rubs us the wrong way.

However, while exploring and re-checking my own profile settings, I looked into the "Buddies and Adversaries" feature on this message board. It's not all that prominent and, while I've never felt the need to look into it or to use it, from what I can tell, this could be a very useful feature for people to 'mute' people whose posts they don't like or that they just don't like personally, for whatever reason, instead of continuing to make veiled insinuations and other negative comments. It seems like this might be a greatly under-utilized feature on the forums that we should be promoting more increased use of. While not perfect in that if you are fully logged out of the forums, you will still be able to see the posts of those on your "adversary" list, Peter has - thanks to forum suggestions - set a long cookie timeout threshold, so the need to re-sign-in should be very occasional and possibly limited to a formatted hard drive and reinstalled operating system (or at least a clearing of one's browser cookies).

I'm also not sure if quoted posts by one's "adversary(ies)" would still show up or not (they might be muted, too, which would be good). Nevertheless, one could simply bypass that and reply only to those posts to which they wish to reply.

Cheers,
Doug

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