the reputation system is set up to be basically one more way for people to express themselves, but another facet of it is allowing the community to police itself to a certain degree.
so - a user that consistently posts racist threads, for example, will be downvoted so often that their reputation will go down to a point where they might lose board privileges.
It's an okay theory. But - within that there will also be people downvoting maliciously or unfairly. The system doesn't have an immediate way to address that.
But reputation is tied to posting privileges because it adds incentive for users to try not to piss everybody off when they post, rather than - like intentionally pissing people off when they post and thereby creating a lot of frustration and anger.
It doesn't always work right though, seems to me that it works more than it doesn't. But there are holes in it as a feature, such as the ability to troll somebody down in reputation maliciously.
The plugin I'm hoping they'll use would allow us to keep the feature and be able to negate those few instances of people abusing the feature. Because - basically it seems to work alright. But - we have enough complaints now that they're looking at shutting it down.
With this plugin, we could hopefully keep it, and whenever it seems to be being used maliciously, we can negate that quickly.
But as Buddy has pointed out, the only people complaining are people that refuse to not piss people off and their small brigade of bleeding heart knights.
Like, it's not actually being abused.
It's difficult to address some of you on this, because you're just so invested in a particular point of view that - no information - no actual data, seems to penetrate.
It is absolutely being abused.
I want to be as unambiguous as possible here: The feature is being used maliciously.
For one thing - any information on the boards, if you have a dog in the fight, clearly you are going to try to spin that internally and/or externally. That goes for those of you bent on keeping the feature and those begging for us to get rid of it.
For another - you guys aren't privy to all board communication. Much of what we deal with comes in through PMs, not just to mods, but also other volunteers and even regular users as people request help digging out of a hole that somebody has votetrolled them into.
Tell me it's not being abused when I spend two freakin hours on somebody's tracker trying to undo damage so they can post and use the features again.
Basically: You're wrong.
I'm trying to find ways to keep the feature any way. So - I guess technically I'm kinda on your side in the overall argument.
But don't tell me it's not being abused when I'm the one wading through all this BS and all you have to do is sit in your chair with your opinion.
This right here. Absolutely true. Luuv isn't alone on this. I've also had to deal with this. I've also seen innocuous posts of certain users receive many downvotes.
Also, if we lose the ability to downvote, it'll be because of the people using it maliciously, not the people who are their target.
I like the idea of Mods seeing who is responsible and privilege blocking the offenders. Why take away features for everyone over the actions of a select few?
Because...WE MUST ALL BE PUNISHED FOR THE ACTIONS OF A SELECT FEW! THIS IS HOW TOTALITARIANISM WORKS!
my cats must have a friend i see theme hanging out with strange cat i never notice till now
i all ways thought house cats was very territorial
House cats aren't pack animals so they don't instinctually hunt and, by extension, defend territories in the same way a pride of lions would. It depends on a cat's personality - some can't coexist with others at all, but, the majority tend to be coexist with others fairly well. If a domestic cat were to be deprogrammed and left to his or her own devices in the wild, he or she might begin to develop an exclusive hunting range given that smaller felines don't hunt collaboratively. But that's not something you're likely to see from your tabby.