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Discussion in 'Suggestion Box & Feedback' started by czechplastik, May 10, 2010.

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Should posts in the intro thread count towards your total?

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  2. No

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  1. czechplastik

    czechplastik Android Enthusiast
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    Simple question really. I have noted in the intros thread the same users posting the same repetitive greeting to new members over and over again. This is a quick way to rack up posts and make your post count look more impressive, (in other boards I have used people obsess on this for some reason), than it ought to be.

    My belief is that post count should be representative of how many useful contributions a member has made. On other boards posts in the intro section don't count towards your total.

    So vote yes: Posts should count
    or no: Posts should not count

    Feel free to add your thoughts too :)
     

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  2. Howie

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    Doesn't matter to me either way.
    The problem is "...representative of how many useful contributions...." that's subjective.
    a post is a post
     
  3. czechplastik

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    I accept that, perhaps I could have worded that better.

    Consider this...

    Two users each with 100 posts...

    User 1 has racked up 100 posts in the intros thread

    User 2 has racked up 100 posts in the HTC Desire thread

    Who is contributing more?
     
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    I voted no, but I think the person's first post should be counted. I think it's the same as playin on the game forum. Those posts aren't counted...I think the same should apply with intro post.
     
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    you can turn off post counts in forums, and i am almost positive it is off in the intro area....i brought this up months ago.

    i thought they had turned it off, but it seems to be counting now....i agree it should be off, should be off for forum games and off topic as well....IMO of course
     
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    Someone taking the time to welcome 100 new users by posting in their intro threads contributes far more to Android Forums's PR than 100 posts in an obscure sub-forum. ;)
     
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    As someone who does welcome the new guys, I could care less if they count or not.

    IMO, it's just a number that doesn't mean anything.
     
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    I agree.. It's all about making the new members feel welcome ;)
     
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    I respectfully disagree, posting in an on topic thread (related to android) is creating food for search engine spiders and help to people who come here for help. That is a win win in my book.

    Posting "welcome to the forums" or a variant of that 100 times in the intro section doesn't really do either. People will inevitably welcome new members in the intro section, of course, but spamming it....even with good intention....i don't think should increase your post count.
     
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    I usually give a user a big welcome when I see that they are a new Nexus user on the N1 forum ^_^ I think welcoming them by helping them on an issue they have is much more appreciated by them imo.

    Though when I am bored, I do go to the intro forum and include links to threads I found very helpful when I was an Android noob when I post my welcome :D

    Edit: OH...if they say what phone they are using, I include a link of that phone's subforum!
     
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    well thought out, personalized, and helpful replies always merit AT LEAST an increase in post count...i agree.

    the bulk of the replies in the intro section though, are none of those things....i can count 20ish post right now by the same user, all copy and pasted.
     
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    I have not read this thread..

    We talked about this a while back and decided to keep it as is as to not discourage helping people feel welcome.

    This may change.

    Perhaps we should turn it off and make a "welcoming committee" usergroup, or something.....
     
  13. czechplastik

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    That's exactly the point I was (badly) trying to make. Personalised welcomes are great but generic copy and paste jobs for the sake of it mean nothing. I guarantee some of those people couldn't care less about making people feel welcome. If they did they would post something personalised.
     
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    I'm signing up if you're going to set one up ;) lol...well if I don't hear anything back from being a phoe guide...or this could be an extension of a phone guide? I still don't know what a phone guide does though. lol
     
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    I think they should because welcoming new people is a nice thing to do and we should encourage more to do it. :)
     
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    I agree with riku (yes, paul, I know that's you... it's only obvious).

    They should count.

    I don't do this much myself (I'm fairly new here myself), but I don't see a problem in people welcoming all newcomers.

    I would say it's a good thing.
     
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    Wait... what? You're from GameSpot! How do you know it's me?
     
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    First off, your avatars are identical.

    And your love for Android is pretty obvious by looking at all of your posts in the "iPhone and Mobile Gaming" board on GameSpot.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! :D
     
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    Oh the irony....
     
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    welcoming new comers and helping them feel welcomed and at home is a good thing. i dont see what the problem is, those who take the time out to welcome should be rewarded.
     

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