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View Others' Thanks

  1. Jul 12, 2013 #1
    How about we make it so that users can see the "Thanks" other users received? They don't seem to be visible on other users' Member Profiles. Could it be made such that you can view them on someone else's member profile just like on one's own user page? We could possibly also add it as a sort of "reputation rating" next to the user names a la eBay.

    Any thoughts?

    PS: Sorry if this has been posted before but searching for "Thanks" doesn't really lead anywhere.
     
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  3. Jul 12, 2013 #2

    Evo

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    The last thing we want is a public "rating" which would be meaningless since it so easily abused. We have Science Advisor and Homework Helper badges that distinguish members that have been recognized for a history of accurate, helpful posts.

    The "Thanks" were made private so that there would not be tension and competition between members, also to discourage abuse.

    See here https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=692611&page=4 (This thread is just a few links down the page from yours.)
     
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  4. Jul 12, 2013 #3

    dlgoff

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    That and it gives the receiver feedback as to how they are doing with giving good advice.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2013 #4
    It doesn't seem like that thread really contains any discussion as to whether or not they should be made private. Seems like the participants in that thread immediately decided to make it private as soon as they noticed it wasn't private.

    Anyway, I can see why a "rating" system could be detrimental, but what's the harm in seeing others' thanks through their profile? Will people compete over who has the most thanks if they're just as well tucked away as "Educational Background", etc?
     
  6. Jul 12, 2013 #5

    phinds

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    EXCELLENT decision.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2013 #6

    Evo

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    The thanks were never meant to be publicly viewable and when they were accidently public, members immediately complained.

    As soon as the "Thanks" button was activated, people started abusing it. Things such as "likes" and member ratings have been shot down repeatedly. As I mentioned, we have SA and HH recognition for members with a history of good posts in the science and homework sections, some members don't even want that recognition and have turned down awards, and each year we have a special "guru" award that is voted on by the members. If you wish to publicly thank someone, you may do so in a thread they posted in or in their visitor messages, but some members prefer that you not post to their visitor messages, to be safe, just post a thanks in response to one of their posts, that seems to be the most popular.
     
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  8. Jul 12, 2013 #7

    Curious3141

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    I remember seeing a member (thankfully not a HH or SA) post encouraging someone else to thank him for his help. It may even have been embedded in his signature. I consider soliciting "thanks" either openly or even via PM, to be in very poor form. I don't know if you agree, Evo, but if you do, maybe something should be mentioned in the site rules discouraging this (if it's not already there).
     
  9. Jul 13, 2013 #8

    mfb

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    Luckily, "thanks" are not public, solicited thanks do not have any impact.
     
  10. Jul 14, 2013 #9

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    Well, thanks are rewarded with an MT medal after they reach a certain undisclosed number. I think that's incentive enough for some to try to pressure others into thanking them, which is why I feel there should be something done to discourage this sort of thing.

    On another board I'm on, there's a "Rep" feature, and members progress to higher "statuses" if they get enough reputation points. But people are strictly forbidden (under penalty of infraction) from soliciting others to give them a positive rep. It must come voluntarily and unbidden.
     
  11. Jul 14, 2013 #10

    mfb

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    Ah, I forgot that MT thing. Hmm...
     
  12. Jul 14, 2013 #11
    Feel free to report it. I'm not too worried from what I've seen.
     
  13. Jul 14, 2013 #12

    Curious3141

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    Thanks. I'll report it should I see it again.
     
  14. Jul 15, 2013 #13

    micromass

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    The MT medal is synonymous for WbN.
     
  15. Jul 15, 2013 #14

    Curious3141

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    Maybe WN really stands for Wayne Newton. And he gets a thanks for everytime he sings the "Thank you" song (Danke Schoen). :biggrin:

    Lame, I know, but it's the best I could do in the morning. :redface:
     
  16. Jul 25, 2013 #15
    Here is a case of a member who is both a HH and a SA asking to thank him.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=4453010&postcount=6
     
  17. Jul 25, 2013 #16

    Ryan_m_b

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    Vibhor (and everyone else) please use the report button to highlight rule violations. It is the most effective way to get moderator attention.
     
  18. Jul 25, 2013 #17

    lisab

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    Merci, Curious :biggrin:!
     
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