As many members have noted, a recent software update dramatically increased the speed of this site. (And yes, I hear your sighs of "finally!") I know it was a challenge to navigate pages here. I appreciate all of you who have hung with us as we worked on it. More to come!
I'm also making an adjustment to the points system that feeds the site's reputation levels. In retrospect, we didn't think through the point assignments well enough when we started. We gave the same value for posting and commenting as we did for "rating" a comment or post -- one point. I know we were eager to reward and encourage every sign of life on the site and encourage its growth. But the upshot is that actions of very different degrees of value and difficulty are being rated as equal. Writing a response to help an owner and giving that same response a "thumbs up" should not be equal, though we value both.
For the time being, I'm going to remove the points for rating a post altogether. My preference would be to reduce them to, say, .2 of a point, but the system doesn't support decimals. I could also make posts and comments worth five points, but that will require a recalculation of all the current status levels. I need some time to figure out the ultimate solution -- consider this an interim step.
What are your thoughts on how the points should be allocated? Here are the available settings -- how would you value these actions? Currently we have Comment on My Post worth 0 and the rest worth 1, except for Comment Selected as Best, which earns 4. How would you do it?
Comment Selected as Best
Comment on My Post
Rating on My Post
Rating on My Comment
Note that we can't create new categories at this time, or we could give points for Motorola Feedback Participation, for example, or for solutions that end up being used in our call centers. These things are all on our radar!