Don't you have the choice to read a post or ignore it?
If you look at who regularly posts LOOOONNNGG posts don't you begin to get a feel for what that person is usually on about? Donâ€™t you have the option of deciding well this person is always carrying on about this and that â€“ Iâ€™m not going to bother reading their post â€“ or this same person usually has a considered opinion â€“ I like to read their posts - don't you have the choice not to read the post of certain members?
Or are we all diletants who must read every single word of every post?
Luke Richards wrote:It seems to me that much of the above is concerned with how to present members who want to make the least amount of effort here with the most amount of information that can be offered by those who do make an effort (and are 'value' labelled). No offence, but this seems like completely the wrong way to look at it -unless I have the wrong idea about what this discussion forum is for.
I would have to agree with the above â€“ sorry luke for that aggressive quote â€“ I should have used â€œ luke said â€¦.â€? (obviously I thinks the quoting system should stay)
I think the idea of CPE has merit but rating the quality may be an issue.
As to rating posts â€“ I see certain merit eg if I was consistently given low scores I would understand that my opinions are not considered worthy by my peers and would stop inflicting them on the community. (in essence the number of views serves a very similar function and is interesting to look at)
What I seem to be noticing however is that the community appears to have reached that critical mass where bureaucracy or at least the perceived need for it starts to creep in. Rather than letting the community develop and self monitor within simple boundaries, a perceived need for controls begins to emerge whereby moderator actions become ever increasing, posting limits begin to creep in, private rulings start to emerge.
It is all well and good to set up rules but who is going to monitor them and what exactly are you going to do in an open and anonymous forum? Still â€“ Iâ€™m looking forward to my tongue lashing for going over 250 words and quoting another member â€“ actually sounds quite exciting â€“ perhaps we can start an altogether separate sections where this sort of thing can go on â€“ oopps am I in the wrong forum again?
Communities grow from diversity â€“ (backgrounds, experience, opinions) â€“ surely there is room for all sorts and discerning adults can exercise their freedom of choice to engage at whatever level. (469 words â€“ including the quote - sorry)