I second that too =)
Why restrict the buttons only to the original poster? Threads are (hopefully) read by many people after the starter has had her problem solved and these later readers may want to show their appreciation too.
Not to mention that the original thread author may be a braindead ***** who refuses to take good advice while a bright person (who remembered to use the search feature) coming along later on may find something very useful.
lol not many morons make it to this site bud. Only found maybe 2 out of about 150 post this past 2 weeks. And I think it would be good to restrict it to the poster of the thread, although it may be useful to others reading it, this way I think people will have a more accurate understanding of how much help a person is actually giving. In your situation. You could have one thread posted by one person, 50 people give him thank you votes for it, then you have another guy who's actually solved 50 different problems and got one vote each. yeah so, you get it...if you're not one of those morons, lol j/k
I second Nodsu.
And what's wrong with 50 TYs, if 50 people feel the need to express their appreciation (even for one post) ?
there is nothing wrong with thank you's i think you're missing the point. the point of the whole karma system was so that people would know who was reliable or not, What I'm saying is that a person with 50 thank yous for 50 post, would sure be more reliable than a person that racked up the same ammount or more than just one or two post. Not sure how you guys missed that point before.
Quantification of reliability, is difficult, at best.
50 people simultaneously appreciating your single post, is a pretty good measure of your reliability.
Next, we'll be needing the posted advice to be 'sufficiently different', to qualify for a thank you.
If everyone can say thank you it devalues it. This should be something that distinguishes good helpers from others. If everyone is getting lots of thank yous then the system isn't doing what it should. Helpful and Solved being used, and only for the thread starter is the better option IMO.
I say we all just wait for them to finish coding up the new system, then we can judge it.
I hear your comment SNGX. The only problem I see with that system in particular is that it's much better suited to a forum strictly related to tech support.
With all the incoming comments I'm also beginning to think the Thank You system won't be worth the time and perhaps we are just good the way things are right now (BTW, I think it's obvious the thank you system has not been implemented just yet).
I don't know, there seems to be quite a few people going around with bad advice. Instead of a thank you system, a "warning" system can be in place, where only Ops/mods can administer these points...
But I think thats not a good idea, even though I came up with it.
i feel out my chair laughing. I know I've given some misinformed advise before, a few times.
Problem is that misinformed advice is NOT a good thing to be dishing out. People may not know the difference between good advice and bad, and if nobody corrects you.... Well, they're stuffed.
If you don't know something for sure, say that you don't know for sure. If you have no idea on the topic at all, then you shouldn't be helping.
I'm not referring only to you, there has been a few instances where totally wrong advice was given, by a number of people.
There does need to be some indicator of reliability. Can Karma be reintroduced, with some care to reduce misuse ?
Karma is definitely not coming back... in the other hand a Thank you system might. I just haven't had time to pay attention to that after the karma system did not work at all for us.