Stingray made a great comment in response to one of my answers (to quote him):
Now, this made me think about exactly how much the points influence my behavior here on IQ, very Zen, indeed! So I thought that I would just come right out and admit that yeah, the points do influence my behavior...so, now, I am asking you if they influence you, too! Be honest!
The question has been closed for the following reason "Discussions like this should be taken to IQ Meta" by IQ Moderator 30 Dec '13, 14:47
I guess I'm obliged to throw in an answer to this one because that quote from me in the question might give the impression that I don't think the points system on Inward Quest is important.
Actually, I think quite the opposite...the points system is very important...but, to understand why, I think you need to look at the reason it's there.
Spammers and Trolls on the internet thrive where it is easy to do their "work".
So spammers throw up hundreds of spam links and post hundreds of spam messages where it is easy to do so. Similarly, trolls thrive on getting highly visible emotional reactions from their victims.
With the points system, a spammer has to first gain the trust of the community enough to be given permission to post multiple links in a message otherwise they have very limited access to the site. Trolls are in the same boat (with limited access) unless they also gain the trust of the community...and who is going to vote for a trouble-maker? :) ...so it becomes a pointless exercise very quickly.
The obstacles that the points system provides means that it's simply easier for them to find somewhere else to do their stuff.
Judging by the lack of spamming and trolling on IQ, I'd say it works pretty well.
The other major thing about the points system is that it filters the most valuable answers to the top of the page. And that means that all those "me too" type answers and irrelevant answers that clutter up threads in other forums remain well hidden at the bottom of the pages.
I think that makes the site more useful for everyone...but, obviously, to make it work, people have to vote!
Summing up, the actual points total you might have in relation to another person might not be that important, but I think that what the points system achieves for the site is very important.
answered 09 Sep '11, 19:19
At first, I was very excited about the amount of points I was getting, and how quickly I was moving up in the ranks. Then, I started noticing that some people had many points, but most of their answers had only point, but they had so many, that it added up. So, I realized that many of my points were only given as a courtesy by the asker. They might not like my answer at all, but gave me a point for taking the time to answer. All these things began to devalue my points and ranking. I do look still to see how many points I have on an answer and compare it to the other answers. But I feel less excited about them.
A good question would be, Why do the points matter so much to me? Also, Why am I so competetive? Why do I care what other people think of my questions and answers? When I can answer these questions, and overcome the reasons behind my compulsions, then I can find peace instead. So, thanks for holding up this mirror for me to reflect my flawed thinking so that I can fix it. Understanding why or what or how is only part of the solution, what you do with the insight is what strengthens us and frees us, or holds us back and keeps us trapped.
answered 09 Sep '11, 14:45
Truthfully, I just enjoy the exchange of ideas and could not care less about points! Were they to disappear I would still be here the same amount of time.
answered 09 Sep '11, 13:20
The points system is an appreciation of what is thought about our answers. So it is always nice to be appreciated, however I can not say I enjoyed the site any less when I only had a few points as compared to now. I feel I enjoy answering more than points for answering but when I get no points at all or only 1 point I feel like most didn't think much of my answer. So conclusively the points are nice and feel good and motivate us to continue onward but the most important thing is enjoying the questions and answering what we feel is interesting and feel led to.
Many times I'll answer an old question knowing it already has a best answer and I may not get much points for just because it is old.
answered 09 Sep '11, 18:02
I agree with Stingray it is a good way to not feed the trolls and spammers. And I like voting points.I don't like to see the zero next to an answer or question if I took the time to read them they get my point.
And of course I like getting points its like an affirmation of my thoughts.
answered 09 Sep '11, 20:24
Oh yes those magnificent points that make you feel good and if you are already feeling good they make you feel great. On the other hand if you get a zero.....well need I say more.
When I first discovered I.Q. and the point system I had no idea on how to give points. Most probably the first few days I didnt give points to answers I read and when I finaly started it was delightful to receive coments.
I decided that being alturistic in nature I won't allow the points to influence me but those poinst are dangling like golden carrots in front of my eyes and yes even I get tempted every now and then. So how can we explain points as having meaning to us.
When we work we get paid a salary. You could cosider the points as being our salary for doing good work. The better we are at answering questions the more points we will be paid. The salary of doing good works is apprciation and the points represent appreciation.
Hey Boss I think I deserve a raise....lol
answered 10 Sep '11, 08:27
I agree with what Stingray says about the points system protecting the site ... apart from that the points system is great fun, it's always nice to feel appreciated and to be able to show appreciation for others, it can also help as a self guide as to where we are and where we are going ... the actual amount of points of a particular member depends on many factors ... there can be brilliant future members who are not yet registered on the site, there can be brilliant members with just 11 points, there can be brilliant members with 60000 points :), let's face it, we're all brilliant in our own way.
answered 05 Mar '13, 03:33
I remember a time when I very young, attending parochial school & the sister graded with colored shiny stars. My papers were always perfect; yet I never received a gold or silver star, only red or green or blue.
We had a variety store in my home town & when ever my mom took me there, I got candy. One day I spotted boxes of colored stars - silver & gold. I asked my mom to buy them for me. She couldn't understand why I would wanted stars. After much pleading, she finally relented, but said not to ask for candy & I didn't. When I got home I stuck silver & gold stars on all my old papers & each day when I came home from school I ran up to my room & did the same. One of each was sufficient. I deserved those gold stars; each & every one..
After all these years, I still have those vintage boxes of silver & gold stars. You'd think I'd of used them all up; but the boxes are mysteriously full yet.
I really don't like the points & I don't need points to feel good about myself. If I ever do, I'll just reach for the stars. I'm my harshest critic; what matters most is what I think of me.
I know points mean quite a bit to most of the users & am happy to vote answers up. Whenever I vote up an answer, I send a wish, joy, love or a good thought with every click of my fingertip & smile. Try it - you'll like it.
answered 04 Mar '13, 23:57
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