Yes, exactly, the thanks button is exactly equal to +1, however there is no commenting possibility, directly attached to the "thanking" operation, also no negative thanking. Anyway, having at least a THANKS button is better than having nothing. So your last post will get now a thanks from me, why because you answered directly on the topic with a great result/explanation. And yes, this is the purpose: Helping others in the future in this forum, about same and similar topics. Making also their live easier DYNAMICALLY to filter/block users and posts. You could say filter out in the next week all users with received-thanks/number-of-posts < threshold. The logic behind this would be: No received thanks means no useful answer, at least not to those who read the text so far. Also easily filtering out users with a very low given-thanks/written-posts ratio. The logic behind this would be: The user seems to be ignorant, not trying to help others. Let us filter out those ignorant users.We do have the "thanks" button. ... It may help others
The wikis purpose would be "using technology creatively", in this example: Using a parallel wiki which has a bidirectional connection to another forum to implement a post-rating with post-commenting feature. Of course this should be just a suggestion, only if somebody who has time, programming skills and required access to the forum technology resources/code.As far as the wiki goes, I don't get what you say about its purpose.
Oh I forgot to answer this part: Wikis are systems for writing text, in a collaborative way, having additionally all kinds of extra nice features, depending on the used wiki engine.But what would the content of the wiki be? Usually wiki pages contain an index of articles about a specific topic each. Then, each subject is analyzed thoroughly, by submissions of the wiki members. What would be the index tree, subjects and content in our site's case?
Okay. You propose a vote system. I see a flaw here from the beginning: You didn't approve of what shortbus said. I think he's right. Do we get an equal vote on the matter? The answer is no. Because you are a new user that hasn't contributed to the site to the least and I 'm a moderator that is appointed by the site owner to run things. Our voices are not equal. Why would a filter consider them as such?shortbus, if it would be possible in this forum you would receive now a negative thanks from me. Why? Because you did not understand the topic and its purpose, which is to help each other.
Anytime a user writes non-related stuff, like in this example shortbus, they could receive as a bill "negative thanks" which would be visible to other users, in future to understand shortbus' behaviour. Obviously a user with many negative thanks from many other users is still welcome here, but it would have a meaning also which could be useful to others in their decisions, e.g. for filtering.
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."Forum as a medium can be improved in following ways
- visual improvement, e.g. removing all "engineering looking" boxes everywhere here
- technical improvement, e.g. helping future users more in their decisions
- content improvement, well this can not be changed, it always depends on the users, maybe a little also on the work of moderators, but in an ideal situation moderators should do zero work, and the content should still be interesting and relevant to users, which is why technical improvement can also help here.
Votes of users should be of course counted as equal, because both are from humans, no matter from whom, a moderator or not, also no matter if from a 10s user or a 10years user. The filters will be set from each user, it is their free decision to use a filtering or not. Also when, and for how long. In such votes, it does not matter what a few single users vote, the whole sum of the mass of users is important, of course if they would use the voting system, which we have already here in a limited form, its name is only different, as THANKS button.Do we get an equal vote on the matter? The answer is no. Because you are a new user that hasn't contributed to the site to the least and I 'm a moderator that is appointed by the site owner to run things. Our voices are not equal. Why would a filter consider them as such?