I have been rated negatively several times for almost non-sense reason, including the members not belonging to a given thread. The new members do not know when to rate properly and have been granted to repute negetive just after their 25 points.
I suggest to change this behaviour, the negative (and positive itself also, if necessary) ratings could be given by members only after some post count higher than 25.
Just like reputations in the real world, there are always some negatives. Part of the reason for scaled power, is that newer people (those with fewer posts) have less of an impact than those that have been around longer (higher posts). While people can start rating at 25 posts (which is higher than on other forums), they only start with 1 point of power.
In the grand scheme of your reputation ratings, you've done very well having only lost 5 points -- of which 2 seemed reasonable per the comments.
We could also discuss inappropriate positive reputation points. I tend to see a lot more positive ratings that are not appropriate than I do negative. For example, see that the inappropriate positive ratings that you've gotten are much greater than the negative. You have double digit positive points for simply having had a birthday.....
The reputation system isn't perfect. The fact that the power level (the number of points people give in each rating) is scaled helps to offset newer people doing things 'wrong'. Reputations do, however, normalize over time to provide somewhat of an indicator to help people judge the experience level and quality of a person posting. It is just another guideline -- like post count and join date.
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For example, see that the inappropriate positive ratings that you've gotten are much greater than the negative. You have double digit positive points for simply having had a birthday.....
I've already said that in the past. I consider that reputations in the chit-char forum should be prohibited. Not sure how this is possible with the software, but I don't see why could not be done. That forum is not couting for posts count so I believe it can be removed from the reputation system also.
PS: I have received reputation points in that forum too...
It is just another guideline -- like post count and join date.
What about those of us who are not so high up as Ajay Vijay? I recently rated a post because it was posted 3 times, each at different times and the poster was acting childish over not getting a response. He/She turned right around and rated me a negative in a very helpful thread, claiming what I said was a lie. The link I posted with the thread he/she rated negative was even proof that my statement was completely true.
Is there anything that can be done about those who seem to just be lashing back at those who rate them negative?
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