Re: The "Reputation" function
I dunno...I think I understand some of the reasons for doing this, but I think it also fosters a level of cattiness...it encourages users to think in terms of not only judging others (which we all do as we get to know one another), but encourages 'trends' of ganging up. I think there is already plenty of that (I've found the constant general discussions about Ace tiresome and I glaze over quickly...it isn't a nice or efficient way to address the issues, it dilutes the content and it is truly mean spirited in it's nature)...if one person (or even 10 or 100) is an actual problem, banning is a reasonable way to handle things.
If there is a genuine concern or complaint about what someone posts, I'd rather see it addressed directly within the thread discussion (where it will help educate anyone else reading through the thread) rather than directed at someone's reputation points. ...it all feels very jr high cheerleaderish.
in edit:...let me add that I don't think that in general BeeSource is an 'emotionally safe place' (this is not a criticism Barry...it has too many contributors, too many readers, and the main focus is not on emotional support). I don't say this to 'PC' the conversation, but to point out that without that 'emotional safety', positive comments/reputation points and negative comments/reputation points have very different motivations and receptions.
In general I like the idea of opening the floodgates of positive and negative critique, and maybe I'm wrong...I suppose (like all things) it really comes down to how they are used and how they are perceived.
I have a hard time believing that members won't feel badly when they get negative points/comments. I have no problem with allowing people to feel badly or embarrassed based on things they say and do...I just think it is generally better to have these things addressed in a conversation rather than a numerical rating system. I just don't think that BS has to facilitate a shorthand mechanism for users to 'harm' one another outside of the discussion.
Last edited by deknow; 10-19-2015 at 10:02 AM.
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