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Old Oct 15, 2007, 04:34 AM   #1
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Thanks Option

I was looking at another forum (the modmyiphone forum) and noticed the members there had "thanks" and the # of thanks they had received.

I think this would be useful as some posts are alot more "quality" than others. thus if i were to see a member with alot of "thanks" i would take his advice much more so than someone that did not.

anyone else agree?
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 04:44 AM   #2
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 04:46 AM   #3
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competition is good right lol
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 04:46 AM   #4
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generally the best bet is to wait for a few replies and see what the consensus is. After all no one can be an expert in everything.
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 07:55 PM   #5
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generally the best bet is to wait for a few replies and see what the consensus is. After all no one can be an expert in everything.
I think you hit it on the head. Some of us are really good in some areas, and horrible in others. Not all of us are mad jews!
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 07:55 AM   #6
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Sounds like a good idea. Especially for newcomers (like myself). Would help a lot to know which users are giving the most useful information.
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 08:01 AM   #7
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I think you hit it on the head. Some of us are really good in some areas, and horrible in others. Not all of us are mad jews!
Good job too or Arn would need bigger servers
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 08:03 AM   #8
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One problem that springs to mind is that I might be an expert on X, having received loads of thanks points for my sage and helpful comments on that particular subject. However, I know nothing about Y so when I wade into a thread on that subject with an answer that's hopelessly wrong, my suggestion might be favoured over someone with a lower thanks rating but is offering the correct advice.

If that makes sense.
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 08:06 AM   #9
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One problem that springs to mind is that I might be an expert on X
You had me until then...
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 08:31 AM   #10
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 08:34 AM   #11
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I visit another forum which has this feature, I really like it.

It can only be a positive thing. (unlike reputation features which can invite negativity)

Sometimes I don't have anything to say other than "thanks" and it passes that point along without me posting it.
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 03:40 PM   #12
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Yeah, I think this idea makes sense. I can't imagine there're people out there so fragile as to worry about how many 'thanks' points they have compared with other members. Does vBulletin support this?
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 03:44 PM   #13
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Yeah, I think this idea makes sense. I can't imagine there're people out there so fragile as to worry about how many 'thanks' points they have compared with other members. Does vBulletin support this?
I've been on other vBulletin message boards with reputation systems.

It's fun for older users (ego stroking) but I'm wary of newer ones and the chance of abusing it.
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 03:52 PM   #14
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Yeah, this is subtly different to the reputation system, but I guess you're right. It could be used on the same mechanism. Personally, I can't see it being instigated though.
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 03:55 PM   #15
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as good as it could be i think it might turn mac rumours into more of a popularity contest. which I don't really want as I'm not popular
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Old Oct 18, 2007, 03:53 AM   #16
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Yeah, I think this idea makes sense. I can't imagine there're people out there so fragile as to worry about how many 'thanks' points they have compared with other members. Does vBulletin support this?
Yes, there is a hack for it.
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Old Dec 19, 2014, 03:41 PM   #17
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A roundup, and looking ahead (to beyond the migration from vBulletin)

Bringing in some quotes from duplicate topics and elsewhere:

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… On a lot of other tech help forums, they have a "thanks" add-on, where every post will have a "thanks" button, and if the post has helped you then you click the button and it gets added to the thank count of the user who posted.

I think this will be good on this forum, it helps see which members are helpful etc. …
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Eh, how about a thanks count that is NOT visible to the general population?

I.e. pressing a 'thanks' button sends a thanks to the poster, or increases their thanks count, but only the poster is able to see their own thanks count?

That would make it different from post rankings or popularity contests.

I know if I wrote a long helpful post, I'd be quite chuffed to get thanks from several other people who also found it helpful. It doesn't matter that no-one else sees these thanks - they're for me alone.

Other benefits of a private thanks counter: reduces spam posts saying '+1' or 'fab post thanks!', easier than sending PMs and clogging up their PM folder.

If you want to say PUBLIC thanks to someone, simply post saying so, same as what we have now.
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Actually, on other forums that have a thanks button, there are very few +1 posts.
MBClub UK (see below) allows readers to both like and give thanks, I never noticed a shortage of likes in that forum.

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It's for you and only you. Ever had someone quietly say 'thanks' to you? Ever said 'thanks' to someone for doing something small but useful like passing the salt or getting down something from the top shelf?

Many things don't need a big public song and a dance, but a bit of quiet gratitude is still in order.

And it would be nice to look at your account in a few years time and note to yourself that you've been individually thanked one-by-one by, say, 30,000 people. (not impossible for some of the more helpful posters on MR).
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Possibly a "Thank You" or "Nice Tip" or "Nice Answer" button for the forum posts.

I've seen this on other forums, and it's nice to give props without adding to the length of a thread.
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It would be great, if it would cut down on the number of ancient threads being resurrected years later, just to say thanks! …
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I wish this button were available also. It would hopefully cut down on the number of +1 type posts plus possibly make it easier to find the "right" answer in a thread.
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I like this idea, too.
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… seriously...I'm a big fan of this idea.
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I would quite like a thanked feature like many other sites have (on top of like/upvote).
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… I know that MacRumors is much different than other forums but "Likes" and "Thanks" are also another form of ending a conversation after it is read and keep track of it for the poster. It sorta tells everyone else reading it how they feel about the post they just read making the person feel a good sense of what others they have come to know feel about their contribution to an ongoing conversation and makes that person feel good and it becomes infectious. …

Moved from migration-related http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...1#post20469521:

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If the button is named 'like', I'll click reasonably often.

If the button is named 'thank you' or 'thanks', I'll click far more often.
With the current system: I often like the majority of a post, but I refrain from clicking 'like' because I don't want it to be misinterpreted as liking all points within that post. A 'thank you' will be more effective; it's an acknowledgement that you have taken the time to read and appreciate someone's contribution – without necessarily agreeing.
Two examples

At the UK Mercedez-Benz Owner's Forums site:
  • threads can be rated
  • a post can receive thanks
  • beneath each post there appears the names of people who are grateful, and the dates on which each person gave thanks.
An extreme example: http://forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/sh...ad.php?t=92596

The member statistics page does not attempt to summarise thanks given or thanks received.

At the MBClub UK site:
  • threads are not rated
  • a post can receive thanks
  • a post can be liked
  • within each post there appears the names of people who like it
  • beneath each post there appears the names of people who are grateful, and the dates on which each person gave thanks
  • at the head of each page of a topic there appears the number of likes; a love heart menu … that might sound ugly but now I see the contents of that menu, it's surprisingly useful.
Example: http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/gener...6-diesels.html

The member statistics page summarises thanks given and thanks received but does not attempt to summarise likes. The summaries are not published, I think that's proper. http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/membe...hamperrin.html for example (I don't mind the public seeing my own stats):
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In XenForo Community

"Thanks" AND "like" button? – I can't add to that topic … the Post Ratings product that's mentioned is apparently 'Not Available'.

Liking posts after the MacRumors Forums migration from vBulletin

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Old Dec 21, 2014, 08:56 AM   #18
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Since this thread was resurrected I'll throw in my pennies:

The two other tech forums I'm on a great deal are OCN and Linux Questions. They both use a rep system but seem to handle it differently, I'd rather see a rep than a thanks system.
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Seems to me a thanks system promotes mutual admiration societies. These abominations already come close to outnumbering cat pictures on the internet.
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Old Dec 29, 2014, 10:06 AM   #20
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From the 'Be nice' part of the Stack Exchange model

assume good intentions

– then seeing someone else thanked need not feel like a bad intention towards you.
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Old Dec 29, 2014, 10:17 AM   #21
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assume good intentions

– then seeing someone else thanked need not feel like a bad intention towards you.
We already have MacRumors Rules for Appropriate Debate which covers most of what is posted in that link
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Old Dec 29, 2014, 01:31 PM   #22
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We already have MacRumors Rules for Appropriate Debate which covers most of what is posted in that link
True – thanks.

(The reason for me drawing to attention to that part of the Stack Exchange model might become clearer in a few days … something to be posted in a different topic.)
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