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What does reputation mean to you? [poll]

How do you navigate reputation?   22 members have voted

  1. 1. How often do you give rep?

    • Every now and again (0-2 rep per browsing session/day)
      9
    • Pretty often (3-5 rep per session/day)
      6
    • Quite a lot (5-10 rep per session/day)
      4
    • I often hit the rep limit (10+ rep per session/day)
      3
    • Prefer not to answer
      0
  2. 2. How often are you on the shard

    • Once ever other week or so
      1
    • Once a week
      0
    • A few times a week
      4
    • Most days
      7
    • At least once a day
      7
    • I should probably be spending more time reading Brandon Sanderson books
      3
    • Prefer not to answer
      0
  3. 3. How much do you care about reputation?

    • I really couldn’t care less.
      1
    • It is something that I look at every now and again
      1
    • Reputation is cool, I guess
      16
    • I really care about reputation
      3
    • Is the 17th shard not a place where you are supposed to get as much rep as you possibly can?
      1
    • Prefer not to answer
      0

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So this will be a twofold post with two main questions being asked. This is not a post to change anyone’s opinions or prompt more or less reputation giving/farming. This is just a fun little question that I think is a cool thing to learn about. 
 

So the first question is this: how do you folks decide what deserves reputation given? We only get 15 reputation givings daily, which might be seen as too much or too limiting dependent on how liberal you are with reputation distribution. I will hide my opinion on this, so that others can choose not to be affected by it in their answer.

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Personally, I am quite giving and Willy-nilly with giving reputation, and will give it to someone who reponds to me or someone that I feel contributes to any conversation. I’m actually much more comfortable with giving reputation on this site, compared to other social media platforms.

The next question is how much do you care about reputation? Is it something you are quite fond of? Do you think it’s kind of silly? Why do you think that? My response is spoilered below.

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I’m actually quite fond of my rep, mostly due to the titles. I find them incredibly fun, and I feel I have an incentive to make things that are worthy of reputation giving just to increase the title. My likeability in the shard is nice to know, but the book titles are more fun.


 I am also interested in if these things are actually different from other social media sites you use. I find this platform to be very different in feel from places like Discord or Reddit. I think it helps how small the community is. 
 

Well, feel free to answer any of the questions with any amount of reason you want to give. This is purely out of curiosity and interest in how other sharders navigate the site’s rep system.

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Question one -

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I give reputation a lot, usually things that I find interesting or funny. For example, I upvoted this poll because it made me think and I enjoyed answering it.

Question two -

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At least once a day. Even if I don't post anything, I check my notifications.

Question three -

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I like it, because it's a visible sign that people find what I post funny, interesting, or helpful. I don't actually care about the titles that much, though I'll notice when I have a cool one.

Other social media -

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Rep is more fun on the Shard. It's a small community, and chances are the person who upvoted me is someone who I know, like, and interact with regularly.

I'm also on Reddit. There, I'll compare how many upvotes different posts get. It's interesting. (And if anyone downvotes me I take it personally.)
I wouldn't say I post just to get upvotes, because I really enjoy discussing the things I talk about there. But it's definitely a factor.

I don't really post on Twitter. So if someone likes a reply of mine it's nice, but beyond that I don't give it any thought.

Sorry for the long answer, I'm procrastinating homework :P

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40 minutes ago, Robin Sedai said:

Question one -

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I give reputation a lot, usually things that I find interesting or funny. For example, I upvoted this poll because it made me think and I enjoyed answering it.

Question two -

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At least once a day. Even if I don't post anything, I check my notifications.

Question three -

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I like it, because it's a visible sign that people find what I post funny, interesting, or helpful. I don't actually care about the titles that much, though I'll notice when I have a cool one.

Other social media -

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Rep is more fun on the Shard. It's a small community, and chances are the person who upvoted me is someone who I know, like, and interact with regularly.

I'm also on Reddit. There, I'll compare how many upvotes different posts get. It's interesting. (And if anyone downvotes me I take it personally.)
I wouldn't say I post just to get upvotes, because I really enjoy discussing the things I talk about there. But it's definitely a factor.

I don't really post on Twitter. So if someone likes a reply of mine it's nice, but beyond that I don't give it any thought.

Sorry for the long answer, I'm procrastinating homework :P

All great answers! And yes, work of any sort can be a pain. I suppose that’s what books are for! 

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Robin I'm stealing your format because it's effective :D

Question 1: 

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I often hit the rep limit, mostly because giving rep is how I say I like something you said. So I give rep to basically anything that I think makes a good point or is funny or I enjoyed reading. 

Question 2: 

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I'm on at least once a day. Whenever I'm bored and don't have immediate access to a book, I get on and check my notifications and sometimes post. 

Question 3: 

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I think it's cool, I guess. I don't pay that much attention to how much rep I or anyone else has. I just like it because it's a good way to tell if you or anyone else made a good point or something. 

 

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15 minutes ago, Ookla the Theoretical said:

Robin I'm stealing your format because it's effective :D

Question 1: 

  Hide contents

I often hit the rep limit, mostly because giving rep is how I say I like something you said. So I give rep to basically anything that I think makes a good point or is funny or I enjoyed reading. 

Question 2: 

  Hide contents

I'm on at least once a day. Whenever I'm bored and don't have immediate access to a book, I get on and check my notifications and sometimes post. 

Question 3: 

  Hide contents

I think it's cool, I guess. I don't pay that much attention to how much rep I or anyone else has. I just like it because it's a good way to tell if you or anyone else made a good point or something. 

 

awesome responses! Does your rep-giving tendencies or site activeness differ much from other social media platforms?

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I don't have any other social media things, other than Goodreads if that counts. But I only use Goodreads to organize my books and keep track of them. So I wouldn't know lol! :lol: 

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Question 1:

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I usually give reputation for well-reasoned posts, good and relevant points, drudgery (like digging up a WoB or posting a proper citation), and good faith engagement with other users. I'm generally pretty free with it; it's not the most meaningful thing and so there isn't much worry about using it too frivolously. I also think that rep is a good way to welcome newer members for their good contributions early on in their time here.

Question 2:

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I'm frequently on at least once per day, though there are certainly periods during which I don't log on at all.

Question 3:

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I like reputation. It's kind of fun and adds a little extra to being on the site. It also, over longer periods, gives a glimpse of a member's contributions to the forums overall (an imprecise glimpse, but still). People also use reputation to convey meaning, like a post with an argument that people support, without adding posts just to say that.

Question 4:

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Reputation is different here than other sites I've used, though I don't spend much time on other sites which use reputation systems at present. It's pretty vague here in terms of what, exactly, it might mean, but that's OK. The Cosmere Q&A system, on the other hand, seems lightly used and often not in ways the upvote/downvote system is clearly intended to be used.

 

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