Been participating in forums like these (called echo's back then), prior to World Wide Web.
Oh man, FidoNet. Which I remember using with a killfile.
The old OTN allowed, through a poster's profile, easy access to information about how many questions an individual had posted and how many of them were still unanswered. There's nothing at all that reeks of "who-is-worthy-of-Dude-responding-to-them" about having valued that capability and wanting it back.
I can agree that the statistics page would be a safe feature that could be useful for cases such as this without making such statistics in any way obtrusive.
But if its gone and should be brought back, then one will have to mosey on to a place where the jive devs lurk Oracle only deploys this stuff after all.
> No insistence that posters need to stroke the egos of those who assisted them.
Many of the early BBS systems required you to "prove your worth" to be on the system. Many still do. It's common for groups online or IRL to define themselves by who they exclude. You need to know the special language or secret handshake. Twitterspeak and txtspeak may yet fragment the broader set of forums naturally.
That was my personal praise of usenet, its leveling of the playing field. Of course, you still had to have access somehow, so there was still an exclusion definition, a relatively homogenous population who would accept a "How to Ask Smart Questions" faq, until all kinds of yahoos came online.
You just reminded me of waving the chicken in alt.sysadmin.recovery.
There are many more aspects of the reward or point system than the simple perception that it only serves the purpose of spoiling anyone's ego and wrongly accusing it to be the source of low quality forum posts.
I certainly appreciate help and judgement, but let's not go into more details of the reward system please. The point system has already been discussed in many other threads. This thread is about posters failing to mark their discussions as answered or leaving their posts orphaned.
Thanks for that Also found what google groups does when you look at a thread with 1278 replies
No. Not FIDO. Never liked it much. RIME(?) and RelayNET and a few others were available - and we had our own national ones too (between local BBS).