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Why the sharp division between TU and rep?

sixty4bit 2,742 770 December 8, 2015 at 06:40 AM
It's become apparent to me after some years on the site and posting several deals that either went FP or at least got "popular" that people are just lazy when it comes to reps. Right now I have a "popular" hot deal post with a score of 23 that I haven't gotten a single rep point from, and that doesn't really make sense if rep is supposed to be an indication of general usefulness to the community. Others that had 70+ thumbs up only yielded rep from a handful of people.

So why the sharp division between TU's on a thread and rep for a thread? I like the "I bought this" link that (I think?) adds both a TU and a rep to the OP, but why not just have any TU automatically give rep to the OP? As it is, I feel like I've contributed a lot to the community that isn't recognized in my rep score.

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Thanks for the suggestion. That's actually something we have been thinking about and discussing.
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It's become apparent to me after some years on the site and posting several deals that either went FP or at least got "popular" that people are just lazy when it comes to reps.

As it is, I feel like I've contributed a lot to the community that isn't recognized in my rep score.
Well, I am going to find one of your deals and give you at least 4 more rep points Wink

Unfortunately, a lot of members think they are giving rep when they TU.
And, some have come to SD using apps that don't have the option of posting rep to an OP.

I am not making excuses...I agree that members don't seem to care as much as they used to about showing appreciation for the OP taking the time to share a deal.
But, the fact is...there's a different "kind" of member type that has been taking over the forums in the last 2-3 years. And they are running off the old crowd. Well, both those newcomers and the new forum redesigns are major contributing factors.

But for some, I do believe they are not intentionally disregarding the OP.
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Quote from iluvthebeach View Post :
Well, I am going to find one of your deals and give you at least 4 more rep points Wink

Unfortunately, a lot of members thinmk they are giving rep when they TU.
And, some have come to SD using apps that don't have the option of posting rep to an OP.

I am not making excuses...I agree that members don't seem to care as much as they used to about showing appreciation for the OP taking the time to share a deal.
But, the fact is...there's a different "kind" of member type that has been taking over the forums in the last 2-3 years. And they are running off the old crowd. Well, both those newcomers and the new forum redesigns are major contributing factors.

But for some, I do believe they are not intentionally disregarding the OP.
Haha thanks!

I was probably being too harsh when I said "lazy." It's probably more of a mix of laziness and people not being aware.

Repping is "harder" than TUing because you are asked to write text. That is, of course, unless you click the "I bought this" button, which leads to the other issue: there are multiple ways to rep someone and it works differently in different kinds of threads so that may be a hinderance to many people as well. "Do I click 'I bought this' or 'give rep' or do I click on the little number next to their name?"
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Quote from sixty4bit View Post :
Haha thanks!

I was probably being too harsh when I said "lazy." It's probably more of a mix of laziness and people not being aware.

Repping is "harder" than TUing because you are asked to write text. That is, of course, unless you click the "I bought this" button, which leads to the other issue: there are multiple ways to rep someone and it works differently in different kinds of threads so that may be a hinderance to many people as well. "Do I click 'I bought this' or 'give rep' or do I click on the little number next to their name?"
You forgot the easiest, which alot of us are unwilling to give up...classic forum view...for everything.

It can't be clearer how to give rep than there!

What a concept! A "Give Rep" button.

That they have not included, but rather obscured, hidden, and even completely left out in subsequent SD versions and iterations.
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They haven't left it out of redesign.

On Fp deals it's in the About OP Click image for larger version

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and in posts it's in the member's drop down. Click image for larger version

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Somewhat-relatedly... I really like the "Helpful" button from the app. For those unfamiliar, you then get a pop-out that says "This Was Helpful" or "This Was Not Helpful."

I don't know how it relates to Rep (and it may not), but I like the idea even if I'm not entirely sure what it does and/or is good for. Smilie
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Why wasn't the "i bought this" from the old theme a good solution? It TU and gives rep at the same time...
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What I'd like to see is people who TD a thread having to actually post saying WHY they're thumbing it down. It seems like every time I post what seems like a good deal(most recent being a deal about the Blue Dual Shock 3 for PS3 being $28 @ Target on clearance and YMMV) people give it a TD and it gets buried when it should be a decently hot deal.
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I think instead of front page deals being rewarded as a category for SD contests, you should consider total thumbs ups on all forums. That way all content posters are rewarded, instead of just deals. I've posted over 800 contests for this site, and would like to think that brings a lot of value to your user base. I'm NOT VERY good at finding deals. Someone with my experience and contributions is on pretty similar entries to someone who just signed up.

Sorry if thats off topic, but I feel it falls in line with discussion on how people get reps/credit for posting.
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