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  1. Apr 20, 2009 #1
    Hi Greg, :smile:

    This is such a wonderful website. Thank you. I was wondering if someone could update the number of postings I've made on PhysicsForums. The current number is incorrect. (I have the links if necessary.) I'm wondering if this could be part of the problem of the "instability" of the system.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

    Mars
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2009 #2

    Hootenanny

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    Re: some features disabled

    Hi ViewsofMars and welcome to PF.

    You should note that posts in General Discussion do not count towards your overall post count.
     
  4. Apr 20, 2009 #3
    Re: some features disabled

    Well, who or/and what determines when a message of mine should be counted as a post? If I understand you correctly, the number is of posts does not reflect my contributions to the board?

    Please note that "Posts: 8" has been for a while the number assigned to me. (tee hee)

    And thanks for the welcome. I have been here for a while and do appreciate the kindness.

    Thanks again,

    Mars
     
  5. Apr 20, 2009 #4

    mgb_phys

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    Re: some features disabled

    As I understand it, posts count everywhere except in General - this is to stop people gaming the post count by posting lots of comments to a general chat. The post count serves a useful purpose by giving a quick idea if a post is by a new member (that might need more help or explanation) and if an answer is by somebody who has posted enough that they should be considered reliable.

    I don't think PF uses it, but the forum software has the ability to limit what users can do based on their post count.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2009 #5

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    Posts do not count in feed back or announcements either any more.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2009 #6

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    You've made 21 posts, 13 of which are in general discussion and feedback and so do not count, hence making your post count 8.

    I've split your posts in this thread into a new thread, since they are not related to the original topic of that thread.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2009 #7

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    I think you have missed the idea. Whether post counts or not doesn't depend on its content, but on the subforum it was posted. So any post in General Physics will count, but none of the posts in this thread will increment your post counter.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2009 #8
    Thanks for the responses. :biggrin: I’ll carefully review them later.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2009 #9

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    Of the forums you have posted in, only Medical Sciences (3 of your posts), Social Sciences (4), History and Humanities (1), and Biology (2) count towards your post count of 10.

    I think the idea is for the post count to reflect a member's involvement in technical or scholarly discussions.
     
  11. May 1, 2009 #10

    Evo

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    Posts in General Discussion, Politics, and Feedback do not count. I thought all of the Lounge was supposed to not count, this would include Philosophy and S&D, but it seems posts are still counting there for some reason.
     
  12. Jun 15, 2009 #11
    Thanks mgb_phys. Interesting. I haven't posted to general chat that much. I do it purely for fun and information. I'll have to check my computer history, etc. to verify the number of times I posted to General. I do recall when I first arrived having gotten several points when posting there. That was not the case when I recently posted there.

    I'll review my records and tab up the results. I think it is extremely important to remember the following when people participate on forums in general whether it be here or elsewhere on the Internet. A copy of the page via email and/or printing can verify the activity of said individual, along with the retention period of history held within one's computer. One reason this might be done is to avoid Identity Theft.

    I’m a well established internationally known science researcher and multi-disciplined in many fields. At my age (female over 50) I'm past the stage of being graded. It doesn't really matter to me if I get a title as I've noted other members have below their name. Hope that helps, knowing I'm here to help as a good volunteer. :smile:

    Fascinating. I suspect that would be if a person has contributed thousands and thousands of times which resulted in a high post count? Quite frankly, I'm an extremely busy person so more than likely there will only be a tiny bit of me here. Hopefully, *my* points will be based on quality not quantity (except for the volume of information I do at times place within one post).:smile:

    I wish to thank each of you for your contribution to this topic, remembering quite well that I didn't personally start. It was originally taken from another topic on this forum by someone other than myself. A sincere thank you to whoever you are!:biggrin: I'm always interested in a group dialogue that leads me toward something new that I haven't ever explored before that benefits me and hopefully other members.:smile:
     
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  13. Jun 15, 2009 #12

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    You can be sure good posts will be not missed and witch each your chances for one of these titles go up. Most of us never posted to get recognized, just one day you are told "we think you are good enough to be a Science Advisor/Homework Helper". It always boosts your ego a little :wink:

    Depends on the forum configuration. In most cases it is used just to limit amount of moderating work by limiting forum access for new users - they can't post links or images, or they can't post in some areas.
     
  14. Jun 15, 2009 #13
    WITCH!:surprised :rofl: I promise not to cast a spell on you, Borek, because I'm against withchcraft. :rofl: Nor am I an evil, ugly, old hag. :wink: Didn't you mean to write the word "which" instead of witch?!!!

    Yes, I agree stroking an ego could be encouraging if you got a raise in position or purely for the sake of encouragement. Who are the elected that tell members that he/she is good enough to be a Science Advisor, Homework Helper, Mentor, etc.? What are the responsibilities and benefits of Mentor's, Science Advisors, and Homework Helpers? Can they delete and move posts? Can they edit within a post? Ban people? Naturally, they would help by posting to topics. I'm asking because I want to learn. There isn't any harm in doing that now is there?:wink:

    Ah, I see. Thanks! This has been a beneficial exchange. I appreciate your time and effort. I personally think that a touch of laughter is a key essential ingredient in a higher level of communication amidst friends as long as it doesn't distort the truth about science. Kidding around in regards to scientific issues can result in disastrous consequences as I think we both agree.

    By the way, that's a cute avatar you have. Is it really YOU? What is that green stuff on your head? Hope you don't mind me asking. I've been thinking of putting up a look alike avatar of me in a space costume that I designed. I got first place.
     
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  15. Jun 15, 2009 #14

    dx

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    See the library entry: Physics Forums Medals
     
  16. Jun 15, 2009 #15

    Borek

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    Oops. Funny thing, I often have problems with grammar, but rarely with spelling. Call it a typo :wink:

    Yep, that's me in a green wig. Picture was taken during a party that we had almost exactly a year ago.

    As dx posted link to the answer to your other questions, I won't delve into details. In short - Mentors can do everything, Homework Helpers and Science Advisors are just honorary titles. Perks are rather symbolic.
     
  17. Jun 15, 2009 #16

    George Jones

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    Borek meant to write neither "witch" nor "which." :biggrin:

    I don't know which witch cast the spell that inserted the Great Big Sea.
     
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