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Published on August 5, 2005 By Draginol In Blogging

In about 10 days we are going to do a points audit on the site.  Every time someone makes a comment, post, etc. they receive points for it. It's recorded in a log.

I know, from casual inspection, that some people have far more points than their available # of comments and articles could possibly warrant. 

Now I have a confession to make, I've been very competitive in my life and I've played the system my share of times. I haven't done so here since I'm the #1 user because I know the easiest way to get lots of points -- get other sites to link to what I write which brings lots of readers.  I have many articles with over 50,000 points for instance that have only a couple of comments.  All because people came here to read them.

But many others have taken other routes that we're aware of to get their points up.  That's going to come to an end soon as all scores will be recalculated based on what is actually present on JU.


Comments (Page 2)
on Aug 05, 2005
Anyone who emails me on the subject saying what they did and how they did it will be granted amnesty

That e-Mail sure will be busy these days, and it always is even without this. I have written so many things about how to change this and marketing as well almost in vain I am proud and exhausted enough not to add another e-mail. Prefer being banned. If I get 200$ I will make a new private article I can mail with everything in it, but that would have to be 3 weeks later at the earliest, which is too late. Enough people still worried about their status here will be reporting how this works. In the meantime I deserve non destructive entertainment and time for work that is not in vain.
on Aug 05, 2005
Ah, Kk. Thanks for clearing it up. Thanks again for the effort. I know you guys have a lot of more important things to be working on.
on Aug 05, 2005
I have two blog sites, with my same name Foreverserenity, but different focus. The second one was created earlier this year. In doing this have I created "false" points? I have no idea, when I created the other site it was to focus on my health and well-being and have others interested in the same thing use it as well, not to gain additional points.
on Aug 05, 2005

In doing this have I created "false" points?

Only if you have been using one blog to comment on the other.  It does not sound like you have.  I would not worry about it.

on Aug 05, 2005
I have two blog sites, with my same name Foreverserenity, but different focus. The second one was created earlier this year. In doing this have I created "false" points? I have no idea, when I created the other site it was to focus on my health and well-being and have others interested in the same thing use it as well, not to gain additional points.


I think Brad is concerned with people who created JU accounts from other sites. Am i getting it?
on Aug 05, 2005
Well, that was a thing.
on Aug 05, 2005
Only if you have been using one blog to comment on the other. It does not sound like you have. I would not worry about it.


That would definately make me a very busy person! And no I didn't. That would also make me a Schizophrenic! LOL!
on Aug 05, 2005

Do you have any way of determining whether a deleted article was originally marked "private" or not?

Back up tapes.  And actually the transaction logs should show that as well.

on Aug 05, 2005

That would also make me a Schizophrenic!

Actaully, Dabe just got busted for doing exacly that.  Karma said it was insane.  I said it was schizophrenic.

on Aug 05, 2005
I don't understand why everybody is so caught up in getting points. They don't do anything except create a competitive atmosphere.

I say get rid of the system. Writing should be about the creative process. Not some goddamned popularity contest. What is this....High school?
on Aug 05, 2005
"What is this....High school?"


For some people... I think... yes.
on Aug 05, 2005

I say get rid of the system. Writing should be about the creative process. Not some goddamned popularity contest. What is this....High school?

Got to agree with you there.

BTW, you should post more!

on Aug 05, 2005
You know what my reward is? Having Baker, Guy, Miler, and Mod put me in their gunsights.

It's the interaction and debate that i enjoy.

JU points aren't like credit card points. You can't spend them. You can't cash them in for a free ticket to Hawaii. There's no cashback reward. It's just a digit in the top corner of the screen.

The payment (to me at least) is absorbing all the opinions from all the talented bloggers that call JoeUser home. We may not agree all the time, but i think that even the most hardened blogger can grow to respect the efforts of the person on the other side of the debate.

I mean, look at me and Dr. Guy for example. When we first started out we both spent vast amounts of time blowing shotgun holes in each others arguements. We still do, but now i have a respect for his opinions that i didn't have a year ago. I don't think we will ever agree on politics. (if we ever did i think both of us would have an aneurism) but after all the skirmishes, i look foreward to reading his stuff. Not for the fight, but because i have realized how good of a writer he is. (sorry for the love fest Guy, but i'm making a point here)

To me, this is what blogging should be about. Not how many points i have, who has more, and how can i get more.
on Aug 05, 2005
Writing on JU = blogging. Nuff said. My bad for not clarifying that.

As far as what blogging should be about? I can only speak for myself.
on Aug 05, 2005

I mean, look at me and Dr. Guy for example. When we first started out we both spent vast amounts of time blowing shotgun holes in each others arguements. We still do, but now i have a respect for his opinions that i didn't have a year ago. I don't we will ever agree on politics. (if we ever did i think both of us would have an aneurism) but after all the skirmishes, i look foreward to reading his stuff. Not for the fight, but because i have realized how good of a writer he is. (sorry for the love fest Guy, but i'm making a point here)

To me, this is what blogging should be about. Not how many points i have, who has more, and how can i get more.

I have to give you one of my 2 insightfuls of the day for that one.  You hit on all cylinders. And no, we will never agree on our core politics, but we do manage to find some minor areas of agreement.