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Does anyone else find it annoying that some folks can create BS threads, reply to said threads, reply to other threads idiotically and in doing so artificially increase forum ranking? I know it may not bother some, but as George Carlin said when expressing his discontent about folks incessantly asking him what time it was, "It bothers me, man."

Anyways, the post count doesn't increase necessarily, as with the word games sub-forum, but ranking does increase per post. So, a user could potentially become crowned a Grandmaster without contributing any useful substance. It's well earned by most and not by some. I equate it, somewhat, to the Purple Heart. If you tell me you were awarded the Purple Heart, I'm going to ask you how you got it because anyone can get that award. You could've been looking for a place to piss while on patrol and stepped on a land mine and chances are, you're getting the Purple Heart. Posthumously in most cases but some folks live, minus a limb or two. Whereas, most times it's awarded to veterans that actually did something to deserve it and sometimes comes coupled with the Navy Cross or some other medal achieved for valiant efforts in battle. But some manage to slip through and undeservedly relish in the prestige and honor the Purple Heart invokes. The same goes for the Grandmaster rank for Nexus forum users it seems.

I just wanted to point out that things aren't always as they appear. 

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3 hours ago, Pickysaurus said:

I wouldn't get too wound up about the reputation system

Where did I say anything about the reputation system? That's a separate rant altogether. Just ask @zcul. But I'm over that and possibly soon to be over Nexus.

Nice place you got here but it's not for me. Too many whiners, weirdos and pretentious posers.

You have a nice day.

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UsernameWithA9

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts, we appreciate your input. We encourage community involvement and interaction amongst all of our members and try to promote a welcoming environment for all. Whether you are a first-time contributor or a member with a longstanding reputation for being involved and active, each and every member is valued. The contribution, reputation and community answer badges are in place to help encourage this engagement, regardless of whether we're playing a word game, simply chatting or providing gaming, modding or other technical support. All contributions are welcomed and appreciated. We hope that you, and all members, choose to continue and expand their involvement, afterall, we are a community with shared passions. Thanks again for your contributions to our community. 

Take care and be well 

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14 minutes ago, ZoldFrog said:

Whether you are a first-time contributor or a member with a longstanding reputation for being involved and active, each and every member is valued. The contribution, reputation and community answer badges are in place to help encourage this engagement, regardless of whether we're playing a word game, simply chatting or providing gaming, modding or other technical support. All contributions are welcomed and appreciated.

I get, I do. And that's all well and good when it's given to deserving members. But some seem to be able to earn esteem simply by proxy, which is only a slight exaggeration, but that's all I was saying. I don't know though. Perhaps I was attaching too much credibility to the rank of Grandmaster. I do tend to overthink things. But when I first came to the forums and seen folks with that rank, I assumed that that user at least had an inkling of an idea as to what they were talking about. Now... not so much. Live and learn, right? Pardon me for getting caught up in labels and I encourage others not to as well.

36 minutes ago, ZoldFrog said:

Thanks again for your contributions to our community.

You're welcome whether you mean it or not because, to be honest, your post almost looks like it's a copy/paste from somewhere. If it weren't for the joining of the words after and all in the 2nd to last sentence, I'd tend to think it was a little too perfect, auto-generated in fact. One never knows nowadays. AI's making it a brave, new confusing world. To quote Maynard James Keenan, "Nothing factual, nothing fictional, interchangeable. This is the age of confusion."

But there I go... overthinking things again.

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I do, of course, mean it and wouldn't have said it otherwise. The "afterall" was indeed a typo and the post wasn't a copy/paste.

You're not wrong in thinking that the various rankings, badges etc. can indicate whether or not a particular user is experienced/knowledgeable in the subject matter to which they're replying. However, it is a single data point and may suggest nothing more than their desire to be sociable. 

There does exist a chance that I am a bot, you never know these days, as you say. Speaking of, your post is exactly what a synth would say...hmmm 

Anyway, friend, do take care and have a great day! 

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11 minutes ago, ZoldFrog said:

Speaking of, your post is exactly what a synth would say...hmmm 

I don't even know what a synth is so that's probably untrue.

13 minutes ago, ZoldFrog said:

However, it is a single data point and may suggest nothing more than their desire to be sociable. 

Fair point. Cheers.

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It's a life thing. You know how you can work with people who zoom up through the ranks and get promotion and actually know zero at all about what it is they're doing? They're careerists. They choose any career; they don't care what, because actually the career is having a career. It might be that forums get the same effect and that there are indeed forum careerists... And now I don't know whether to find that extremely amusing or rather sad... which in turn reminds me of Portal II... 

And no, as for me - I'm not most definitely not AI - if I was you should demand your money back! 🤣

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On 6/13/2024 at 2:26 AM, zixi said:

It might be that forums get the same effect and that there are indeed forum careerists... And now I don't know whether to find that extremely amusing or rather sad

Perhaps. I've lived long enough to learn that folks do things for a variety of reasons. Their agendas and motivations being as unique as a fingerprint. People are indeed strange sometimes. I find it amusing yet sad and highly interesting. I'm a weird guy.

I'm not an AI either but rather an OI, as in Organically Intelligent. Or full of myself, one of the two.

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