Actually, the current title system is based upon total post count. But Mods can assign their own titles if you earn them*. Personally, I think a person's post speak to their "reputation" better than any point system could.
*I've never seen someone assigned a flattering title so if the Mods change yours, it's because you have fucked up.
I remember we had some "star" rating for posts in a previous version but this too is subject to bottom-up problems. Even if fifty people think a specific post is a "five star", the moment one rates it one or zero, the average drops directly.
All these systems are vulnerable to the same problems.
Unless a group is composed out of the same kind of people, no system is very reliable.
So... someone wants a medal for posting something pithy or succinct? I might suggest the Temple of Set.
One doesn't post to earn badges or medals or even brownie points. They post because they have something meaningful to share, and would do so with or without incentives to do so. If people think it's a great piece of writing, great. If they don't, oh well, try to do better next time.
Bury your dead, pick up your weapon and soldier on.
Loc: The Dirty South
SIN has that issue with the ability to rate blogs. Some of the most inane posts there get five stars because one person rated that and some of the best writing that goes up will have 4. something, due to somebody rating it down.
Loc: Johannesburg, South Africa
Originally Posted By: Diavolo
Looking smart, being adored or desiring respect shouldn't be the drive in life. Being at your best should.
Agreed. If people posted just to look smart and be adored they'd probably be with the CoS and not here. People will see whether or not your posts are worthwhile instead of looking at your Rep. Then, as you said, there are also the problems with the system.
Putting things in perspective like that, the current rating system works best.
Double that Alex, I agree with you and Diavolo both. Appearance is not everything- numerous occults and secret socities have been founded with a "fresh perspective" and a "new revelation". But so much fools gold is out there- we just have to learn to scratch at the surface a little bit. Sure we should take pride in ourselves and all we do, which includes what we post on The 600 Club, but counter productive pride can cause someone to make an ass out of themselves in trying to hard to impress upon people that they have been around the block and know the ropes. The wisest men on earth will tell you that knowledge is useless without practical experience that enables you to put the knowledge into practice.
"Iím just another hardline psuedo-statistic Can you feel this?" Slipknot - The Blister Exists
I have a solid rule of only posting on something if I really feel a strong enough interest to and what I have to say hasn't already been said to death. There would be a lot less fluff to sort through if everyone had the same restraint. It's the content-means-all atmosphere that makes me like this place to begin with and I'm sure most regulars here feel the same. I doubt it will be messed with any time soon.