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Rep Button
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:42:20 am »
Is that like a "Like" on Facebook?  And what does it add to the poster? (I understand it's reputation, of course!, but I don't see reputation shown.)  I just noticed this button after reading a comment and I'd like to bump some of the posts I've read that I find exceptional, but what will clicking that button actually do on this forum?

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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2016, 07:55:02 am »
Quote from: Gnowan;187204
Is that like a "Like" on Facebook?  And what does it add to the poster? (I understand it's reputation, of course!, but I don't see reputation shown.)  I just noticed this button after reading a comment and I'd like to bump some of the posts I've read that I find exceptional, but what will clicking that button actually do on this forum?

 
In the current forum software (from what Randall's said, this will be changing in the new software, so the answer here not relevant for very long...), here's what happens.

You click the button, leave a short message if you like. The person who posted the post you gave reputation to can see the last five rep given on their Settings page. (The one you get if you go to Settings in the top menu on the web: at work right now so I can't check what that looks like on Tapatalk.)

It also gives a boost on the little widget to the left of your posts (again, on the web forum, don't remember what it looks like on Tapatalk): the more reputation you have, the longer the band of little green rectangular dots just above your user icon.

It's meant basically as a measure of 'people find this person's posts of particular value' without being actually very measureable except over a long period of time.

When you see people post and say something like "Why is the rep always gone" or "I'd give you rep, but I can't", it's because the system is set up so you can't give reputation to the same people repeatedly: you have to give it to other people a certain number of times before it'll let you give it to a particular person again.

I personally find rep mostly useful for being aware a particular post has been unusually useful to someone, or more than one someone: those are the ones I often pull out into a separate file to develop into longer posts for my Seeking site or other writing when I get a chance.

Oh, one other note about the settings page: there are three different colors there. Green is positive rep. Red is negative. (And I discovered accidentally, it's really easy to hit the wrong button, and there's no way to fix it except by asking a staff member) Gray comes from someone with very few posts on the board, and is basically 'this isn't adding to the actual calculation of your reptutation because they're very new'.
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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 08:01:33 am »
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Is that like a "Like" on Facebook?

Jenett did an excellent job of explaining how it works here. We will be moving to an SMF board as soon as I find the 4-5 days in a row free that it might take. We purchased a nice "Like" mod that works a lot more like likes on FB -- you can like a post (or a thread, I think). We'll be using this into of Rep on the new board because it is less "political" than rep. Some people use (MISUSE, IMHO) rep here to reward people they like and punish people they don't instead of using it because the person make a particularly good/helpful post or a really bad/harmful post.
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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2016, 08:09:00 am »
Quote from: Jenett;187206
In the current forum software (from what Randall's said, this will be changing in the new software, so the answer here not relevant for very long...), here's what happens.

You click the button, leave a short message if you like. The person who posted the post you gave reputation to can see the last five rep given on their Settings page. (The one you get if you go to Settings in the top menu on the web: at work right now so I can't check what that looks like on Tapatalk.)

It also gives a boost on the little widget to the left of your posts (again, on the web forum, don't remember what it looks like on Tapatalk): the more reputation you have, the longer the band of little green rectangular dots just above your user icon.

It's meant basically as a measure of 'people find this person's posts of particular value' without being actually very measureable except over a long period of time.

When you see people post and say something like "Why is the rep always gone" or "I'd give you rep, but I can't", it's because the system is set up so you can't give reputation to the same people repeatedly: you have to give it to other people a certain number of times before it'll let you give it to a particular person again.

I personally find rep mostly useful for being aware a particular post has been unusually useful to someone, or more than one someone: those are the ones I often pull out into a separate file to develop into longer posts for my Seeking site or other writing when I get a chance.

Oh, one other note about the settings page: there are three different colors there. Green is positive rep. Red is negative. (And I discovered accidentally, it's really easy to hit the wrong button, and there's no way to fix it except by asking a staff member) Gray comes from someone with very few posts on the board, and is basically 'this isn't adding to the actual calculation of your reptutation because they're very new'.

 
Quote from: RandallS;187207
Jenett did an excellent job of explaining how it works here. We will be moving to an SMF board as soon as I find the 4-5 days in a row free that it might take. We purchased a nice "Like" mod that works a lot more like likes on FB -- you can like a post (or a thread, I think). We'll be using this into of Rep on the new board because it is less "political" than rep. Some people use (MISUSE, IMHO) rep here to reward people they like and punish people they don't instead of using it because the person make a particularly good/helpful post or a really bad/harmful post.

 

Where os the rep button?:confused:

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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2016, 06:40:13 pm »
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Where os the rep button?:confused:


It's the little star in the bottom-left corner of each post (the report-to-mod button is next to it).

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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2016, 11:47:10 pm »
Quote from: Jenett;187206
In the current forum software (from what Randall's said, this will be changing in the new software, so the answer here not relevant for very long...), here's what happens.

You click the button, leave a short message if you like. The person who posted the post you gave reputation to can see the last five rep given on their Settings page. (The one you get if you go to Settings in the top menu on the web: at work right now so I can't check what that looks like on Tapatalk.)

It also gives a boost on the little widget to the left of your posts (again, on the web forum, don't remember what it looks like on Tapatalk): the more reputation you have, the longer the band of little green rectangular dots just above your user icon.

It's meant basically as a measure of 'people find this person's posts of particular value' without being actually very measureable except over a long period of time.

When you see people post and say something like "Why is the rep always gone" or "I'd give you rep, but I can't", it's because the system is set up so you can't give reputation to the same people repeatedly: you have to give it to other people a certain number of times before it'll let you give it to a particular person again.

I personally find rep mostly useful for being aware a particular post has been unusually useful to someone, or more than one someone: those are the ones I often pull out into a separate file to develop into longer posts for my Seeking site or other writing when I get a chance.

Oh, one other note about the settings page: there are three different colors there. Green is positive rep. Red is negative. (And I discovered accidentally, it's really easy to hit the wrong button, and there's no way to fix it except by asking a staff member) Gray comes from someone with very few posts on the board, and is basically 'this isn't adding to the actual calculation of your reptutation because they're very new'.

 
You're my first rep bump! :)  So you can see the little comment I left, but no one else can?

Anyhoo, doesn't seem this will matter much soon as TC is moving.  Swell.  Another new trick this old dog will have to learn!

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Re: Rep Button
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 06:32:26 am »
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You're my first rep bump! :)  So you can see the little comment I left, but no one else can?


Exactly like that!

The other thing I should mention is that I can't see that it was you who left it. Some people put their name/initials in the message to help with that. I can only see the message.
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