Points vs, Posts; What Is More Important To You

By Latest Reply 2009-01-11 20:39:06 -0600
Started 2009-01-10 19:55:27 -0600

I have to get this question asked out there because of I may be the subject of points abuse, when all I really want to do is fill my day with what I can do right now, and that is mainly discussing on the site. I try to post recipes, articles, videos and discussions as well as replies. What do you think; I have abused the site just to get points, because since it was mentioned I have been afraid to do much of anything. PLease be honest! This is really important to me.

44 replies

GabbyPA 2009-01-11 20:27:17 -0600 Report

As long as you are a contributor to the site, then not to worry. Just do what helps you and helps others. When your heart is in the right place you have nothing to worry about.

TRKnight2007 2009-01-11 14:21:10 -0600 Report

As one of the creators of this site, I thought I would weigh in on the points system. First of all, the points are not going away. 99% of the members of this site use the points just as they were intended. Only a few people have tried to "game" the points system. The points are merely there to show our members who have participated and at what levels. You should still read the content of the member's posts to get a better overall sense of their trust level.

We have considered options, like on Yahoo! Answers, where points are deducted for asking a question and points are given for answering a question. However, that still does not prevent abuse.

We should all understand that there will always be 1% that abuse the site - - whether that's gaming the points, posting useless replies or rating books they have not read. Let's not let them dictate what we are going to do in the future with the site and how we share with others how to live a better life with diabetes.

Thank you to all of you who have continued to shape this site and have made it become the largest and fastest growing social network for people living with diabetes.

Remember, we have new members every day and we are making a difference in their lives.

Thanks again and happy new year to all of the members of this site. I consider you all to be my friends.


2009-01-11 13:03:37 -0600 Report

I am not saying keep the points or do away with them, but I feel that if the point system is taken away, there will just be something else someone will complain about and disagrees with and wants to do away with that too. It seems to be a never ending cycle of someone complaining about something. I see no harm in the point system, but if it weren't here, I still would be. I also see no harm in the non-diabetic topics. We are here as a group of friends who have something in common, but that doesn't mean when we get together that the only thing we need to talk about is our medical problems. Sometimes you need to get together with your friends and talk about anything else but your medical problems. I also agree with what someone else stated, you have a choice of what discussions you want to read and join in on. If you don't like the topic there is no obligation that you have to even read it, let alone reply to it. It appears to me that there are some people that just want to continually keep something stirred up. I think things are fine the way they are, except, of course, for all the complaining over trival, meaningless things.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 09:55:26 -0600 Report

Like LadyDi said, I can't even believe this is an issue at all. Why all of a sudden is this an issue? Just leave it alone. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Anonymous 2009-01-11 10:00:06 -0600 Report

Thank you meridian. Well said. It seems to me that if we are talking about this again then someone is feeling guilty for their posts or they want to start a fight again. This subject has caused alot of bad feelings and issues. Jusr drop it and remember why we are all here. And if you are here for the points then you deal with that on your own terms do not bring everyone else into it.

Richard157 2009-01-11 10:33:29 -0600 Report

I like that approach Meridian and Anonymous, I hope all of us can stick to it!

2009-01-11 11:16:41 -0600 Report

I believe that the points may have first been useful,too, to newcomers to become interested, but why try to use them as a competition? That is really the question. We need to rely on each other and our needs, and focus on what is right. I try not to add discussions that I think are useless, everything is usually useful to someone, and I think the quotes have been very useful for myself as far as many others. Just the encouragement you get and the inspiration alone, helps to start the day in a somewhat special day. As far as the points, I vote we get used to them; everyone knows who is active in the community; they don't need to stress over who can do more. And that is what is going to start happening, then posts will become more useless again. Claudia

Anonymous 2009-01-11 11:32:44 -0600 Report

When I joined this site. I did not look at who had the most points, I would read posts and figure out who I thought knew how to deal with my issues the best. I noticed patterns of people who posts the most or who gave the best answers that dealt with diabetes. Sometimes they were the "veterans" sometimes they were the "newbies". Just because you are new or old does not mean you cannot give good advice. Someone may join today that has been dealing with diabetes for years and has good advice and motivational comments. Are we going to disregard him because he just joined and does not have any points. No, I will make my own decision about poster if they are giving me good advice or just posting to post. But I will say there are alot of non diabetic discussions on here and I totally agree with John that there should be a 2 time limit on starting a non diabetic discussion.

Richard157 2009-01-11 12:00:12 -0600 Report

Does this mean that you think my humor posts are out of place? Many members have shown great appreciation for them. If there are people here that disapprove then I will stop. I think laughter is wonderful medicine. Why should we avoid it here?

Anonymous 2009-01-11 12:08:36 -0600 Report

What it means is that John asked us to limit them to 2 a week. And I think it is a good idea. If you choose to post humor that is your choice. If you choose birthdays, pets, children that is your choice. I did not mean to start a fight with anyone, I was just stating my feelings on a subject. You do not have to agree with me, you do not even have to comment and you certainly do not have to do what John asked. All the choices are up to you.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 12:47:00 -0600 Report

Richard I also believe that humor has as much effect on my health and well being as well as my ability to cope with my medical problems as anything else.

When I joined this site I thought it was "by the people and for the people." There isn't anyone here that doesn't need to laugh, and if that is the direction we happen to take and that becomes what's on the agenda for the day then I say, so be it.

Richard157 2009-01-11 09:19:53 -0600 Report

I am a member of 10 diabetes sites. I do not post on more than 6 of them . I had never seen a points system until I joined this site. I like this site very much but I don't understand why we need the points. Is it possible that when the site began the points were supposed to encourage people to stay here and enter more and more posts? That way there would be more people present instead of only lurking or leaving. As far as I know the points system is unique to diabetes sites and I think it may have served a good purpose in the first year of the site. Now, however, with the site doing so well and having a solid group of regularly participating members, I do not believe that the points are necessary. I wonder if anyone would stop posting if the point system was abandoned??? What do you think?


Anonymous 2009-01-11 09:32:00 -0600 Report

I would because I do not care about the points. I come here to get advice and motivation. And I do hope some of my posts have been helpful to some. I came to this site not for points or rewards and I will stay whether there are points or not.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-11 09:35:01 -0600 Report

I personally will keep posting if we never had points. The points mean nothing to me. I enjoy the site, the friends and the learning I have taken to learn from this site. So if theres points I am here and if they take away the points, I'm still here to stay. Its about talking to friends that are going through they same things we may all go through at some times in our lifes. Hopefully nobody will go through alot of things I been thru but I will be here to help them if they do. I am here for anyone that has a question or problem. Hopefully I can be able to help them. But if I personally can't there are thousands on here that could.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 09:41:14 -0600 Report

I can't even believe this is an issue at all. Just plain silly to me. I would be willing to bet that 99% of us could care less about any silly points. If you won a car or something, then maybe (LOL).

Anonymous 2009-01-11 09:12:03 -0600 Report

I had a reason to ask John about discussions last week and this is what he said. Since we are a diabetic forum, it should mainly be about diabetes and he would appreciate it if we would limit non diabetes discussions to 2 a week. That means we should only start 2 a week if it is not about diabetes. I can understand that because new people coming in need to see about diabetic stuff. I really do think we need some kind of a chat section so we can say what we want diabetic or not. And as far as points I do not even know how many I have or do I care? I posts if I have something to say but lately I have not been posting as much because I have been sick and I am trying to be more active and not sitting on the computer all day, I am trying to get my house back in order from the holidays and do more cooking at home. But I do read all my tracked items and every new discussions.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 10:37:21 -0600 Report

John has the right idea, I think. The site should be primarily one for sharing information and providing support. An occasional off-topic (like the recent one about music that causes you to get up and dance) have a place now and then, but we really need to think before posting an off-topic discussion. John's idea of limiting those is right on, in my opinion. By the same token, if you don't think a topic looks like something you'll find beneficial or interesting to you personally, just avoid it.

2009-01-11 08:46:21 -0600 Report

You know, I just can't help defending myself, yes, I have only been on since this past September, but that is because I deeply care about my husband and his health as well as mine. And, I am trying to do something about it, and,yes, it keeps me sane because I am housebound, and chairbound most every day. I only get out once every couple of weeks the most. Sorry, just had to let everyone how I feel, and why.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 09:06:05 -0600 Report

And that is why you should just ignore their accusations. We love you just the way you are and don't want you to change a bit (unless of course you can get healthy).

2catty 2009-01-11 20:39:06 -0600 Report

I no what you mean. I am not housebound but it's cold and nothing to do. Plus I have the greatest friends right here on this site. When I get lonely or bored or find out useful info. then I get on here and talk or post. Which is my right and it is yours too. The points are well pointless. Means nothing. But they are here and no since in doing anything about it. If you have info to share post it. Because you never know who might need it.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-11 07:10:50 -0600 Report

I like everything about this site just the way it is. It is a fun site, as well as informative, helpful, and friendly. Whoever is saying you are abusing the point system is wrong. The point system is one of the things about this site that makes it THIS SITE! Does anybody accuse you of adding too many recipes? Or news articles? I think not. Just ignore their accusations and "KEEP ON KEEPING ON."

2009-01-10 20:25:28 -0600 Report

As far as I am concerned, you should be able to post anything, anytime you want. I agree that if you want to add a post, receipe, or whatever else, go for it, and the heck with what other people comment. If you get points for it, so be it. There are some days, that I am on here and I will do nothing but look around, read discussions, and that's it. No points other than the point I got for checking in. Then there are days when I will join in on several discussions, or rate them, maybe print out receipes. If I get alot of points, ok. But all the points in the world aren't going to win you a prize, so I don't know why people keep complaining about this site being a contest.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-10 20:39:23 -0600 Report

I have been here almost 7 months now and just found out today I could rate discussions. That shows everyone how clueless I am about the computer and this site. I don't even have a profile, only cause I don't know how to put one up yet. I don't know how to add articles or products to review. I am on here and know how to invite and greet everyone to the site that chooses me to me their friend. I have my choice of what discussions I want to read and those I don't. But I tell you now, I try and read them all. Alot I can't make comments about, like type two stuff, but willang and wanting to learn the differences amaze me. I know nothing about diabetic pills, so can't contribute to that 46 yrs on insulin, now going for a pump. As of now can't answer pump questions cause I am as clueless as the next person that hasn't used one yet. So I feel everyone has a right to discussions of their choice. There are no wrong. I feel its what you choose to read. Maybe something like different categories we should maybe consider: Learning?, Fun and questions?, and maybe oneday a chat section? Those who want to chat back in forth, go to it?…Debe

2009-01-11 06:52:22 -0600 Report

I am so thankful for all my friends here, and the support they give; I wish I could answer all the replies (but I will probably just earn more points,lol, don't want to do that) but, I will tell you; you are all my friends and I love all your replies; You all have open minds and open hearts and that is very important. That is the only way we can converse directly, and without indignation you can be honest. That is so important and some here do seem to only want to aim their anger towards diabetes/ on this site. Thanks again friends :->)Claudia

sexyswamprat 2009-01-10 20:17:06 -0600 Report

The points me nothing to me. I think that everyone should be able to post what they want and however much of it they want. I've said this before, theis site did not come with instructions. For me, recipes are my major contribution to the site. And there's nothing wrong with that. Points mean nothing. I just love to share them and I want everyone to have them.

I personally look foward to your posts. I may not comment on them but I do read them all. You really do have some great topics. Your contribution to this site has been amazing and I hope you will keep it up.

Love and Hugs,

sexyswamprat 2009-01-10 20:20:27 -0600 Report

I don't recall seeing a discussion on points abuse. How can they be abused if they really don't serve much of a purpose other than to let people know who much you have contributed to the site?

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-10 20:24:35 -0600 Report

i picture myself with a long, long whip busting the snot out of some poor defenseless point! lol!!!

2009-01-11 06:44:05 -0600 Report

go ahead abuse those points you silly girl; I love your attitude, as much pain and illness that you have seen lately you still have that great attitude. I love it, pass it on to the pointbusters.lol lilmarm

caragypsy 2009-01-10 20:16:29 -0600 Report

To me the Points are fun but the Posts are where the info is. And to me your Posts are sometimes fun and sometime full of good info. And sometime both so I like to read them. Hey No Worry!

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-10 20:09:18 -0600 Report

i wouldn't worry over it. some have a lot to say and some don't. don't stop posting if you have something to say or give. i enjoy ALL the goings on! i will say that i prefer it when folks get along, that being said, how in the world is a point abused, really! i think it is fun myself and like to see others having fun too!

sparkysmom 2009-01-10 20:01:26 -0600 Report

I don't even pay attention to the points.I just enjoy the contact with everyone. There are days when my computer is my only contact with people except for Hubby and MIL (who ignores me). Keep posting. I for one enjoy your posts and recipes.

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