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post #1 of 546
Thread Starter 

I had been on hiatus when that got started, so I never found out why it was implemented and what was hoped to have been achieved by it.

 

While I think it's mostly harmless, I don't think it's necessary either.  Seems the more popular chewers receive the most points, and humor seems to be the biggest deciding factor in handing them out.  So I guess the one with the most points by the end of the year gets a shot on Last Comic Standing?

 

All joking aside, why was this system created?

post #2 of 546

You just don't get it, do you???

 

At the end of the year, half of the Chewers that have the lowest points will DIE.

 

Do you think we're here because we WANT to be???

 

(funny thoughts funny thoughts funny thoughts...)

post #3 of 546
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post

You just don't get it, do you???

 

At the end of the year, half of the Chewers that have the lowest points will DIE.

 

 

They become Soylent Green for the rest of us?

post #4 of 546
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post

You just don't get it, do you???

At the end of the year, half of the Chewers that have the lowest points will DIE.


Really? Fuck.
post #5 of 546

Shit, someone has cottoned to the fact that the most popular users fare the best in the popularity-charting system.  Time to self-destruct and start over, I suppose.

 

Seriously, sites use reputation systems because it cuts down on content-less "LOL" posts, and more importantly, strokes egos, creating positive associations with the site in the users.  Those are good things, although past systems that allowed for negative voting (not just moderator flagging like the current one) led to bloody infighting that, in total fairness, was completely hilarious. 

post #6 of 546

I remember fleed being 'hated by God' when we allowed negative rep.  That's just mean.

post #7 of 546

If anyone deserves to carry the cruel stigma of a negative reputation rating on a movie message board, it's fleed.

post #8 of 546

Being "hated by God" has kind of a badass ring to it, though.

post #9 of 546
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Schwartz View Post

Shit, someone has cottoned to the fact that the most popular users fare the best in the popularity-charting system.  Time to self-destruct and start over, I suppose.

 

I wasn't going for any kind of profound revelation.  A community (as a living, breathing leviathan) has it's own tastes and obviously those people who fall more in line with those tastes become more popular.  But to me the actual numbered points kind of become not only redundant (spending any amount of time here will lead one to finding out who is popular and who is not), but act as an unnecessary score card.  Obviously point systems were created for sport, to decide "winner/loser".  The fact that it's being applied to a forum seems strange to me.  I don't really have a problem with the system, but I think someone's "joined" date, post count, and the fact that they haven't been banned yet does more to indicate they are worth having around.  Or not...but that's where the ignore function comes in handy.

post #10 of 546
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

Being "hated by God" has kind of a badass ring to it, though.


Hate him back.

 

post #11 of 546

As the person who has accumulated the most points of anyone on the boards, I feel that I'm being unfairly targeted here. I think the point system is a only good thing and serves to highlight impactful posts.

post #12 of 546
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

 

I wasn't going for any kind of profound revelation.  A community (as a living, breathing leviathan) has it's own tastes and obviously those people who fall more in line with those tastes become more popular.  But to me the actual numbered points kind of become not only redundant (spending any amount of time here will lead one to finding out who is popular and who is not), but act as an unnecessary score card.  Obviously point systems were created for sport, to decide "winner/loser".  The fact that it's being applied to a forum seems strange to me.  I don't really have a problem with the system, but I think someone's "joined" date, post count, and the fact that they haven't been banned yet does more to indicate they are worth having around.  Or not...but that's where the ignore function comes in handy.

 

Personally, though I forget to use it half the time, I like that it's there because it allows me to express agreement or appreciation for a post when I don't have anything to add or want to post "LOL" or "THIS" or something similarly content-free and sycophantic-feeling. 

 

But no one who survived The Rep Wars of 05-08 (Matchstick's heroism in same shall never be forgotten) is capable of taking "rankings" remotely seriously, I think.

post #13 of 546

The point system was created specifically for Ben W to reward Kevin Matchstick for having a bizarre/fucking awesome avatar picture.

 

Nick, you may now 86 the points program. 

post #14 of 546

I've been pleasantly surprised and touched by how much rep I've gotten in the last year or so. It means a lot to me that you guys find my voice and opinions interesting/enlightening.

 

Especially since going back over some of my first posts, I was kind of a total loser at first, desperately trying to be like the cool kids. Once I learned to relax, I think my posts improved exponentially.

post #15 of 546
I got most of my points fighting Barry in the Ron Paul train wreck thread.

The support was much appreciated.
post #16 of 546

Now that I'm kind of looking around more, I see that somehow I don't actually have the most points of any user and and that many have accumulated more than me. So forget the positives I wrote earlier.

 

KILL IT. 

post #17 of 546

A surefire way to earn rep points is to post Kate Upton pics in the Salma Hayek Boobs thread.

post #18 of 546

Is there a Kate Upton Boobs thread that i can post Salma Hayek pics in? I like to do things differently because I'm a sexy lone wolf.

post #19 of 546
All of Saxon's points are well deserved, as I believe I gave 90% of them to him for defending the honor of Timothy Dalton. How is it that he hasn't been knighted yet (both Dalton and Saxon for defending Dalton so valiantly)?

Sir Timothy Dalton has a nice ring to it.
post #20 of 546

if I could give rep points to Timothy Dalton, I totally would.

post #21 of 546

It's silly but if those little "pats on the back" didn't exist, I wouldn't have stuck around CHUD for longer than two months, much less two years.

 

In the beginning, making quips on the board became my new video game, relegating my 360 to the dustbin. Over time, the accumulation of points began to blow new air into the long dead balloon of my self-confidence. Prior to CHUD, I'd never thought of myself as being someone to whom the adjectives "witty", "funny", or even "kinda smart" might apply. But because of those green thumbs in the corner, that's something I've come to actually believe might be the case. This in turn, gave me the confidence to engage in the world in ways I'd long been reluctant to. I've become quite the extrovert because of my time here, come to think of it.

In the macro sense, I'd say that the point system has served as a measure of quality control, providing a compass of sorts that allow people to stop & consider for a second that what they're saying might be of value. I know that's case with me, anyway.

post #22 of 546

If I say something funny in the points thread, do I get double points? Are there Video Daily Doubles available? Can I put all my points at risk on one really clever joke?

post #23 of 546
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Originally Posted by Kevin Matchstick View Post

Now that I'm kind of looking around more, I see that somehow I don't actually have the most points of any user and and that many have accumulated more than me. So forget the positives I wrote earlier.

 

KILL IT. 

 

See, if you had just added "KILL IT WITH FIRE!" at the end, this would've gotten you at least 3 likes and closed the gap.  You have to go that extra mile if you want to be a champion, Match.

post #24 of 546

I've always been amazed that Phil doesn't have like a rep of like nine gazillion. Everyone likes him, his posts are always worthwhile and/or funny. He doesn't post much anymore, so maybe that's it. Although for any Chewer who's actually gotten a non-ironic appreciation thread, rep is probably superfluous; Phil's rep is that thread.

post #25 of 546

Rep was reset after the last redesign about a year ago.  Prior to that Phil was a green god.

post #26 of 546

Its an easy indicator of longevity, quality, and well, everybody loves positive feedback. Leave it be.

post #27 of 546
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Originally Posted by Schwartz View Post

Rep was reset after the last redesign about a year ago.  Prior to that Phil was a green god.

 

Ah.

post #28 of 546

If anything, I miss negative rep too. There was nothing quite as euphoric as the feeling of being neg-repped and called a "USELESS TWAT" by Brad Millette.

post #29 of 546

I tend to be hesitant to post sometimes, and when I do, I still overthink what I'm writing.  Rep is ultimately meaningless, but it's a nice easy way to get some positive feedback, and encourages further posts and discussions.

post #30 of 546
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Originally Posted by Martin Blank View Post

I've always been amazed that Phil doesn't have like a rep of like nine gazillion. Everyone likes him, his posts are always worthwhile and/or funny. He doesn't post much anymore, so maybe that's it. Although for any Chewer who's actually gotten a non-ironic appreciation thread, rep is probably superfluous; Phil's rep is that thread.

 

 

Yeah, there are a ton of great Chewers with fuck-all rep. I like using it on posts because of that easy "like"-ability Schwartz was talking about, but when you see the numbers next to guys like Phil and Renn and Matchstick you realise pretty quickly can't take low rep too seriously in regard to individual Chewers. High rep tends to be fairly accurate though. Peeps like Bailey and Nooj and Art and even that argumentative sumbitch Schwartz are some of the sunshines of my life around this joint.

 

It is fun in some ways though, and I'll admit to being guilty of either forgetting it altogether or doling out way too much of it in the Salma thread. That's why one should never visit the Salma thread first. Many's the time I've made that mistake and then been unable to sling thumbs-ups for genuine champs who've posted genuinely thoughtful posts about actual movies because, like a neanderthal fool, I've spent it all on boobs.

post #31 of 546

Tomorrow when I travel to KC to see my parents, and they ask why I STILL haven't married and given them a grandkid? I will rub my 671 rep points in their stupid faces.

post #32 of 546

Sometimes my inability to garner rep makes me feel less than. 

post #33 of 546

Plus it's kind of fun to see why you got repped and any comments that were left with it.

post #34 of 546
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Originally Posted by Ken Savage View Post

Plus it's kind of fun to see why you got repped and any comments that were left with it.

That's basically it for me; it's just a nice way to say "I like what you're saying" without having to make a post about it.

post #35 of 546

Yeah, whenever I leave rep, I usually leave a comment. Feel like that's that little bit of extra to let them know why you liked their post in the first place.

post #36 of 546

This thread has turned into a subtle rep farm.

post #37 of 546

Nothing subtle about it. 

post #38 of 546

How dare you suggest I was begging for rep in here. Just trying to participate in the discussion!

 

[img]Picture of Salma Hayek from From Dusk Til Dawn[/img]

post #39 of 546
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Originally Posted by Schwartz View Post

 

I like that it's there because it allows me to express agreement or appreciation for a post when I don't have anything to add or want to post "LOL" or "THIS" or something similarly content-free and sycophantic-feeling.

 

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Originally Posted by Ben W View Post

That's basically it for me; it's just a nice way to say "I like what you're saying" without having to make a post about it.

 

This two posts state the major reason why I give points to people on this site.

post #40 of 546

And me.

post #41 of 546

If anything I need to dish out rep more often. This is a good place to start the REP FEVER!

post #42 of 546

If it wasn't for the points system, I'd probably be in jail... or dead.  Word to your mother.

 

post #43 of 546
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Originally Posted by Bailey View Post

If it wasn't for the points system, I'd probably be in jail... or dead.

 

 

 

I was pro-points system for all the reasons elaborated on before, but in light of this scathing indictment of its collateral impact on society, I have to ask...at what cost?

post #44 of 546

 

 

"How do you live without the rep points, John?"

 

"Day by day."

post #45 of 546
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Originally Posted by Art Decade View Post

It's silly but if those little "pats on the back" didn't exist, I wouldn't have stuck around CHUD for longer than two months, much less two years.

 

In the beginning, making quips on the board became my new video game, relegating my 360 to the dustbin. Over time, the accumulation of points began to blow new air into the long dead balloon of my self-confidence. Prior to CHUD, I'd never thought of myself as being someone to whom the adjectives "witty", "funny", or even "kinda smart" might apply. But because of those green thumbs in the corner, that's something I've come to actually believe might be the case. This in turn, gave me the confidence to engage in the world in ways I'd long been reluctant to. I've become quite the extrovert because of my time here, come to think of it.

In the macro sense, I'd say that the point system has served as a measure of quality control, providing a compass of sorts that allow people to stop & consider for a second that what they're saying might be of value. I know that's case with me, anyway.

 

We all know why you're really pro points system, Art.

 

 

700

post #46 of 546

Wait a minute...so we are getting new dirtbikes???

post #47 of 546

And I know some people might bemoan the fact that the points system has given rise to repetitive, picture-laden rep farms where once there were thoughtful discussions about cinema and culture.  But that's why we have Twitter accounts, people.

post #48 of 546

Someone told me this place was rep Hamsterdam.  Can I get some rep from anyone? I swear I will pay back double next week when I get paid.  Just one little rep.

post #49 of 546

How many points do I need for an action figure of McNooj? I want him to fight my Batman action figure in a little cave I've made from paper mache.

post #50 of 546

See, now we're taking a few innocents reps here and there, into full blown addiction. It's going to consume your life! "Just one more rep..yeah, one more to get me through the day."

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