What's the significance of post counts?
Intimidation factor and name recognition?
It's like someone's age. (physical, not mental)
You count it because you think it makes you all big and important.
Everyone else counts it because they remember that each time the number increases, you are one closer to your last.
me. i don't respond to anyone with less than 100 posts.
edit: gnome - 37 posts, doh!
Trust me, it can become a burden...I speak from bitter experience!
It let's you know who has been around, who to trust as the most likely correct answer. It can be deceiving, as some ignore newbie posts. We all started with 0 posts at sometime though.
I agree that there is a level of imtimidation, if I'm debating with a guy that has 600 posts I'm much more likely to back down before he does.
How about a guy with slightly over 500, would, say, a guy like that have any chance of getting some respect?
Maybe the guy just likes to hear himself talk.
"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count..." - A. Einstein
Maybe, but you haven't said what you think about them. Have you formed an opinion yet?
I really hadn't paid much attention to post counts until Greg's announcement came along. Now that you've made me think about them (and do some searching into the posts that generate them), I still won't be paying much attention to them. First of all, I can't see any correlation between the number of times a member has posted and the reliability of what he or she has to say. Moreover, the number times a member has posted on another topic, in another forum, is likely to be completely irrelevant to the topic at hand. For example, if I ask a question about how to solve a particular physics problem, and elicit two contradictory replies, should I automatically accept the answer of the one with the higher post count? What if it turns out that many of the posts contributing to his count were similar to these
just to pick a few examples at random. Does that tell me anything about how much he knows about Lorentz transformations?
Not really (even though he may actually know quite a lot about them). My point is just that the count tells me nothing except how much spare time that person has to spend in the forum.
The purpose of the post count is not an ego trip, as people are making it out to look. It's purpose is to determine the amount of contribution that one has made to the PFs.
Congratulations, I believe we are on the same wavelength then; understanding that post counts have no real worth at all, only imagined worth. In a forum as broad as PF I don't see any use in having them at all.
So glad I could be of help
Re: Oh yeah...
Who needs respect because of post count when you have an eye under your name? You look over there to see the post count to see if this guy is worth listening to and you got that EYE staring at you! It's like the all-knowing eye of a mother
Haha, very true!
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/me First spamme..errr poster to reach 2000 posts in PF 1.0!
I would support getting rid of post counts alltogether.
If they are not used in general discussion, then why at all?
Either bring back general discussion into post counts or get rid of them as I see it as an equal forum to others.
All we really need is the join date.
Well, the thing is...the post counter was removed from General so people couldnt brag about having thousands of posts when only 10 or 20 were in the science forums...
Maybe if they brag Greg could set them back to 1
Not that I am exactly succint myself....
All is ego
What I look for is a familiar name. If the name is not familiar I look to the post count to see if they are a new member. If they are new I make an attempt to welcome them.
So, maybe I was wrong, there might be some value that I have found in post counts.
The post count was removed from the General Discussion Forum because of threads like "Ask a Stupid Quetion, Get a Stupid Answer". People use those to "rack up" post counts, while other are actually making a contribution to learning (which is what this site is really about).
I don't see what you mean. I make a contribution to the PFs, and when someone new joins, they know about it. Same goes for you, and others with fairly large post counts.
Ouch! This is making me re-thing suggesting you for a second Administrator.
heheh...I thought it was a good idea
Separate names with a comma.