Is Everybody Understanding the Points?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2008-12-17 21:41:24 -0600
Started 2008-04-04 03:10:53 -0500

So, one of the main themes of the early feedback we got was questioning the point system. I was just wondering (especially for those who have used the site the most), do you feel like you understand now how the points work and what they're for? Or is it still confusing?

40 replies

Erunner 2008-12-15 20:41:18 -0600 Report

I'm pretty new and started a discussion about points that turned out to not be what I was hoping for… (humor)

I do agree that having a page that details the philosophy of the system would be very helpful.

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 16:02:14 -0600 Report

I thought it was funny...some people just didn't get it. That is an inherant flaw of email formats. Meanings can get lost in the translation sort of.

I guess to me, the points become "pointless" because you earn them no matter what you do on the site. I understand "anonymous'" reply about getting "sounds good" on a recipe or "Thanks for posting" on a discussion. But it is what it is. Without getting so complicated in word counting or value cannot automatically differentiate between a good post and a not so great one.

The site clearly tells you how many points you earn for the activities you participate in. I don't pay them much mind. I just post if I have something to share. I know I talk most of your ears off, but I am "gabby" after all. LOL

Anonymous 2008-12-16 18:19:03 -0600 Report

Gabby, is that why you chose it. I thought it was your name. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 18:35:33 -0600 Report

Nope, not my is my internet name though. So it is almost the same thing. I have learned to answer to both. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 21:17:33 -0600 Report

An eternity it seems. I have had my "gabby" name online since 1996. Wow, I am feeling old now. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 21:31:36 -0600 Report

I have had my email account with the same provider since then too. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have had it longer than I have had some of my jobs in life. Geez

GabbyPA 2008-12-17 07:51:59 -0600 Report

I never had my own computer until just 2 years ago. But I had them at work and when I got married we had a "family" computer that we all used. Now I have my own for my business and I love it.

GabbyPA 2008-12-17 18:34:18 -0600 Report

I design custom homes, do renderings of them and also do some interior design. All things that no one wants right now....bummer.

GabbyPA 2008-12-17 21:41:24 -0600 Report

It would be if I had any work. I am thinking of going back to school and studying holistic medicine. I need a back up plan.

Anonymous 2008-12-17 11:34:37 -0600 Report

My husband and I have had the same e-mail addresses for 13 years. We had aol provider forever until we moved this last time and now I have high speed through the cable company that was 2 years ago and I love the high speed. could not go back to dial up. Too slow. LOL

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-12-17 15:00:04 -0600 Report

When I moved to Juneau in 1993 and complained to my son about being isolated, he hooked me up with the internet. That was when the information highway was a narrow spruce-rooted path. To get an email address one needed a tie-in with the local college. How times have changed. Just finished writing a Historic Structures Report on a local Seattle lighthouse where 3/4 of my 60 bibliography citations are cyberlinks.

Cynthia 2008-12-15 20:04:04 -0600 Report

Yes,I understand the points.But what is the uses for them? DO you get anything for them? NO,You don't. So they don't help us one way or another. I thought this site was for people to help each other or to learn from each other.To talk to people who have the same conditions that they have.So the points don't really matter.But people do.And,I love how we talk and help each other out Now that is Love. GOD'S LOVE.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-12-15 18:32:41 -0600 Report

I don't pay any attention to the points. If I have a question I ask it, and if I have a comment I add my two cents worth. I am not very competitive except with myself, and I don't like the video format for relaying information (on any website) so usually avoid that system (except for fun stuff on YouTube), as I can read faster than watch something. But others like video and that's OK. I appreciate the links other readers provide so I can look stuff up.

Anonymous 2008-12-15 15:01:47 -0600 Report

Yes this point system seems to have a flaw. Are posters gettin lots of points because you post all the time helpful stuff or are you getting points because you just post to post to get points. I do not consider 1-2 word post enough to get points for. Personally I have been around long enough to know who I trust with their advice and who I think are just blowing smoke.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-15 16:34:18 -0600 Report

well you probably won't find me offering to much diabetic advice as you are more experienced than me. i do have a knack for enjoying the funny side to life. it was earned at a great price! to laugh in the face of adversity is not a gift, you earn it. the only thing i can offer this site is my ability to learn a little and make a few comments here and there, it is a socialble thing for me that i have needed. i like the little stars, i wish they had some purple ones! no i don't have much to offer in the area of diabetes, but i can say amen at the close.

Anonymous 2008-12-15 17:30:19 -0600 Report

It is not what you are saying it is how you are saying it. If you are asking questions about your diabetic life and wanting advice that is different. Actually I have gotten some advice from your posts, to try and be funny. what I was saying is that some people are just writing a one or two word answer to posts. like thank you or wow. That too me should not be worth points. If you write advice or even a sentence it is worth it. I quess I worded my post wrong but that is what I meant. I get annoyed if I am tracking an item and have to go all through the posts for one word. Now does it make sense. If not then I do not know how to word it better. Maybe some one else can explain it better.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-12-14 23:01:02 -0600 Report

I haven't figured out most of what we are supposed to. I do enjoy the discusions. But there are so many I can't read them all.


highlandcitygirl 2008-12-14 16:37:41 -0600 Report

talk about what goes around comes around! i can't help it ya'll its to dang funny!! please don't change a thing, i feel better than i have in a long time!

angieeez 2008-05-07 18:49:58 -0500 Report

I'm still not sure what the points are about.

steadb 2008-05-08 01:03:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for your question. We hope that early on, the poins will help to tell readers of questions or commentary who active certain contributors are to the site. We think that if you see that someone has a high point count, that you might consider giving that person's comments more credibility than others.

We are also working on adding special services for high point members.

TRKnight2007 2008-04-07 03:07:01 -0500 Report

Thank everyone for weighing in. You are are correct. The points are to show who are the main contributors. We are working on some ideas on how to reward those who have reached a certain level (editing permissions on wikis, leaders of forums, private virtual meetings with authors, physicians, etc.). It will likely take a few more weeks since we have been primarily working on the new discussion board - - which should launch in the next 24 hours.

Kassie - 13583
Kassie - 13583 2008-04-07 02:24:29 -0500 Report

I find the concept to be pretty clear but I don't really care about points (not to sound harsh!)

I've been around enough communities to know that the people who are most active are not necessarily the most reliable or trustworthy. So, the question of 'why points matter' could be better addressed I guess.

CALpumper 2008-04-04 09:21:52 -0500 Report

My understanding is for "community trust". Although we only see our own Activity that has earned us points, the more points we have the more "active" we are on the site.

There is no clear way of tagging who is more trustworthy unless you go through the site to see who has added what to the site. Points are points, it does not show who has done what to earn trust.

I agree with Amy, a "BIG" link, here it is explanation of the points should be added.

Feedback once the site is launched on the Trust/Point System would be key also. See what people really think of how to earn someone's trust virtually…

Stick Me Designs:Rickina
Stick Me Designs:Rickina 2008-04-04 09:08:34 -0500 Report

I think I understand how you accumulate points but don't really know why you want to. Is it for more of a 'how long you been around factor' or so people know how active you are within the community? hmmm

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-04-04 06:59:57 -0500 Report

Hi John,
This is still a problem. There needs to be a clear link here on the DC site here that says "Earn Points," or "User Point Program."

The link should take you to an explanation of the point program -- in particular why people should care about earning points.

This is BIG, ie needs to be cleared up asap so the beta testers can give us feedback on the points program in action.


Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-04-04 05:18:20 -0500 Report

I don't know what there purpose is or how they accumulate, but I haven't really tried to find out — so I figure thats my own problem.

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