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    User Reputation Point System

    Here at RFO we strive to give people recognition for sharing their experiences and knowledge with the rest of us. The system we have set in place for this recognition is our Reputation System. See this post:User Titles, Post Counts & Reputation System ! to read more about the reputation system and what it has to offer.

    If you notice a post that helped you directly or even if the post is good overall knowledge, give that member some reputation. Anybody can do it. You give reputation by clicking on the black star icon in the bottom left of the post. You can also leave a comment if you wish. The comment is optional of course, but it is always nice to read about how you helped someone.
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    The more green cards someone has the more they have helped others and contributed to the overall wealth of knowledge RFO has to offer the global Revit community.

    Thank to our dedicated members,
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    blatant attempt by Alex to get more green squares, by posting about the green squares...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott D Davis View Post
    blatant attempt by Alex to get more green squares, by posting about the green squares...
    That's what the report button is for

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    Ill have you know non of my green CARDS have come from this. This thread is not deserving of rep.

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    Stop giving me Rep now!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Cunningham View Post
    Ill have you know non of my green CARDS have come from this. This thread is not deserving of rep.
    Too late.

    Seriously, I'm glad Alex brought this up. While it may seem self-serving, I hardly think Alex is worried about his green card count (he's in some pretty good company in the top ten out of nearly 20,000 RFO members. And feel free to tease me about it, but I'm not trying to be self-serving in offering up the following either (as I am just a few shy of Alex). While I do greatly appreciate the acknowledgement of being helpful, I'm past the point of contributing because of it.

    However, I do think this is a bigger deal with newer and lower profile members.

    It does feel nice for your contributions to be appreciated, and while a "Like" is nice, as silly as it may seem to some, and while most probably wouldn't admit it, it's natural to take pride in seeing those green cards accumulate next to your user name. And as irrational as it may seem, it actually compels members to contribute more when they receive them.

    Which brings us to the larger point - getting members to contribute. This site is blessed with some uniquely talented members who are extremely generous with their time. But it is not practical or reasonable to expect them to always be here and/or continue to contribute so generously.

    Here's some stats (at the time of this post):
    Out of the 20,000 members, only a little over a 100 members have contributed more than a 100 posts - that's 0.5%.

    Only about 200 members have contributed more than 40 posts - that's only 1%!

    Out of the 20,000 members, only about 50 members have more than 3 green cards (0.25%), and only about a 100 members have more than the entry level 1 green card.


    I think RFO is way too stingy with the green cards, and we shouldn't be embarrassed to encourage the use of rep as a way of "rewarding" members for their contribution. I know it seems kind of silly, but it's amazing the pride members take in being publicly acknowledged for their contributions. And it does compel those members to keep contributing.
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    Thanks for your comments Iru. It is true I am not seeking any form of reputation for starting this post. BTW... I am in the top 7 I've been slacking.
    It is very rewarding seeing the notification of new reputation waiting for you when you log in. Sometimes it's from something months or years ago. It's good to know that your time and experience doesn't go unnoticed. I started a new thread about the Reputation system because it was brought to my attention by a member that I alone was responsible for about 70% of his reputation points. I haven't asked this member if I could quote his PM to me so I will keep it anonymous.

    As of yesterday you are singlehandedly responsible for about 70% of my rep points on this forum, or any forum for that matter.... Still, this kind of ultra-local celebritism is a wonderful experience: knowing that somewhere there is a place I would not go unrecognized, while at the same time assured in the knowledge that this place is no bigger than a typical livingroom and halfway across the world.
    Keep it up!
    Keep up the good work everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iru69 View Post
    Which brings us to the larger point - getting members to contribute. This site is blessed with some uniquely talented members who are extremely generous with their time. But it is not practical or reasonable to expect them to always be here and/or continue to contribute so generously.

    Out of the 20,000 members, only about 50 members have more than 3 green cards (0.25%), and only about a 100 members have more than the entry level 1 green card.

    I think RFO is way too stingy with the green cards, and we shouldn't be embarrassed to encourage the use of rep as a way of "rewarding" members for their contribution. I know it seems kind of silly, but it's amazing the pride members take in being publicly acknowledged for their contributions. And it does compel those members to keep contributing.
    Maybe adjust the forum UI so the +rep function is a little easier to use / find? The like button gets used a lot. It's an interface people know from using faceville and it's prominent in every post. The +rep is an odd star off on the bottom and isn't intuitive. What if it were moved next to Like?
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    I will bring up this request with Munk. For the most part though we do not customize the forum though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Cunningham View Post
    It is very rewarding seeing the notification of new reputation waiting for you when you log in. Sometimes it's from something months or years ago. It's good to know that your time and experience doesn't go unnoticed.
    This is so true! You don't have to reserve rep just for when someone answers your question directly. You can give rep because someone else's post/question/answer is helpful or informative. You can give rep to someone else just for a good post even if you already knew the answer/information.

    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    Maybe adjust the forum UI so the +rep function is a little easier to use / find? The like button gets used a lot. It's an interface people know from using faceville and it's prominent in every post. The +rep is an odd star off on the bottom and isn't intuitive. What if it were moved next to Like?
    I agree. Unless you already understand how it works and/or when to use it, it's easy to miss. It would be neat if there was a way to make it as prominent as the "Like" button.

    Personally, I think we could get rid of the "Like" button and just make that the equivalent of the "Rep" button. I understand the distinction between "liking" a post and adding "rep", but I think it's too subtle a distinction for most members... and quite frankly in the bigger scheme of things, unnecessary.

    The other issue is I think the rep point system needs to be adjusted to make it easier to get green cards. It's one thing if everyone has a dozen green cards - it becomes meaningless. But that's not the problem.

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