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  • #2298018

    Eureka ! I have an idea !!


    by oz_media ·

    OK don’t be too scared.

    Regarding the screwup in the points arena.

    For thoe of you who haven’t noticed yet, in an attempt to encourage people to close questions, TR has changed the points system. The only problem is, you end up with mroe points than the person who answers the question.

    I see several working resolutions;

    1) Posting a question COSTS one thousand points, regardless of the question value. When you close the question, you reclaim ALL but the allocated points to the correct answer. If people just sign on to ask a question and then just go away, they will eventually come back for more help. At this time, they won’t have enough to POST a new question until closing the previous.
    OK, it’s not perfect but better.

    2) The person asking the question assigns a point value to the question and has 1000 points held aside until he closes the question. Similar to the above, but with an ADDITIONAL 1000 points held as a deposit until the question is closed.

    Doesn’t take too much code, they are already using similar scripts to allocate the points abck to the peer.

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    • #2744162


      by cactus pete ·

      In reply to Eureka ! I have an idea !!

      The new guy can’t make up new points as quickly as he used to, so getting 1000+value is that much harder now.

      They can’t go around making it harder to attract new users…

      • #2744160

        I thought it was more.

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to except…

        I thought TR gave out more than that for joining?

        I’d haven’t taken time to check, kinda busy looking this dead PC on my kitchen floor right now, paperweight, fish tank, ash tray, I’ll come up with something.

        They used to give out good startup points, perhapse if they’ve stopped that, they should do it again?

        • #2744140


          by cactus pete ·

          In reply to I thought it was more.

          That will show you the techpoints… Looks like you get 500 to sign up, and more for doing other things… I haven’t seen a survey or a poll in a while [haven’t been looking, I admit], so getting another 500+ points would mean having to answer a lot more questions [when the default value is 150, and most people don’t close them to give you the points!] to get the deposit…

          Looks like TR is going through growing pains with the point system, and at the moment are looking for more ideas like this one, though. I’ve been mulling it over in my head for the past few weeks, too, but haven’t come up with much better than this, either.

        • #2744130

          No problem

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to shortcut

          Well that’s not a problem. Make the default deposit’ 500 points, including the allocated points. You get the change when you close the question. It’s not difficult, just make sure the person posting the question is required to deposit points, in order to repost a new question, he/she will either have to help others or close questions.

          It’s really not brain surgery from what I see.

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