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OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint System

By you_do_not_know_me2002 ·
Give me the best opinion on the Q&A TechPoint System and the people who use it and abuse it and you'll get 2500 points.

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by MtnSqs In reply to OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint ...

I think the system is fine if used properly.

The problem is people who put up questions, (which means teh points are then deducted from thier count), but they reject every answer- presumably they think the points are deducted when they accept an answer!!!

Also annoying are the ones who never check the answers - at least they now time them out and share the points to all repliers.

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by dmiles In reply to OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint ...

The best answer can be found in past discussions and previous posted questions,all pertaining to this same topic.

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If I wanted to look up old questions I would have done it. But thank you for your time.

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by JimBb In reply to OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint ...

This is indeed an ongoing discussion for a while now. Some people just take without giving (today's way of living I suppose), some people are just here to ask one question and never return once they have a suitable answer, some people just make a mistake and do mean to properly rate an answer.
Some questions are poorly put (I'm not a native English speaker, so I certainly won't blame anyone for that), but this system of answer/reject or accept doesn't allow for asking additional info or clarification without risking to have relatively much rejected answers.

Www.experts-exchange.com has a system that allows to add a "comment" and an "answer". Still, that doesn't stop people from writing answers like "I think JimBb is right" (a real answer I saw recently), hoping that they will get their share of points.

The system is here, and it depends on us to use it as it is meant. And my opinion on the people that abuse it? Pitiful... Get a life. And at the same time: who cares? There will be those everywhere, in everything.

Jim

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by Andy1957 In reply to OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint ...

Perhaps the best ideas are:

1. To overvalue questions so people look at them. I notice this one is worth 2500 points for example.

I rated my only question so far at 500 points and got a really helpful link back within a few days. I commented on the helpful link to encourage the poster, and awarded him full points before closing the query.

2. To automatically check the setting that, as soon as a question is answered, you receive an e-mail. That should ensure that people don't overlook questions.

3. To award the points automatically if answers have not been rated within say 14 days (to allow for people being on vacation).

4. To re-emphasise the difference between discussion and Q&A topics. I recently answered a query about what to do after being made redundant but doubt if I'll get any points for the reply. The question is really better described as a discussion topic.

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by ogie_2001 In reply to OPINIONS on Q&A TechPoint ...

Slightly off topic but as long as we are passing around blame let?s put some on TechRepublic themselves. I come to the site every day to review questions and answers and expect to get the 50 points I?m supposed to get to use at a future time when I have serious problems that I need expert advise on. That?s the only reason I even care about the points.

I have posted only 2 questions and awarded what I thought were a generous amount of points (300, 1000) to the first person that I thought answered the question accurately and completely. The point value was determined by how important the information was to me not on the suggested scheme.

On a couple of occasions I have noticed that my point count has not been increasing and have notified TechRepublic only to be told that they know there is a problem and they are working on it. They say that they have the ability to keep track of the owed points and they will credit them to the account when the problem is fixed.

I don?t know if other members are having this problem but when it happens to me it seem to last for a few months. The current problem has been going on for about 2 months now and at first I didn?t get any new points at all, now every week or two I get 50 points even though I login here every day.

The last time this happened instead of getting the 2000+ points I should have I only got a couple of hundred. My total point value to date should be over 13,000 and it?s still below 10,000.

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