I just noticed that there's a point counter by our pictures now. How do we earn them?
Edit: I have 2 now!
If points are some sort of post counter, I prefer no points. Quality over quantity and all that.
The one thing we needed here was a little competition. It's on, M'fers.
This just seems like another reason to encourage people to make pointless banter within forum posts.
pointless banter is pointless
Shouldn't it be MGo'fers?
i hope i have a million
i have 1
i have 2
this sequence demonstrates why points are a bad idea.
I thought points were a good idea, but I'll defer to your judgment because you have two (2) points.
Douchequotient points initiated!
What are points?
Ideally these things mod the trolls into oblivion. In practice, well, it's usually better than nothing.
Edit: Oops, I should get points off for not reading to the bottom. Just call me Captain Redundant...
i get one of those cool spartan warriors?
it would be neat if there was a thumbs up or thumbs down next to everyone's posts so you can accumulate negative points... as opposed to just a post counter.
How many points until we get a free Shamwow?
+1 for the ShamWow reference. I love them.
This is the first step towards some user-generated moderation around these parts. I'm slowly assembling some tools, among them the thumbs up/down thing Joe suggested, and auto, temporary bans for people who get a lot of thumbs down.
Please be patient. I wouldn't bother racking up pointless points anyway since they'll get reset when they mean things. This is an experimental phase.
Right now you get points for posting stuff, FWIW.
I've honestly tried but I just can't grasp the concept of pointless points. Please get rid of this soon!! This may be worse than Fermat's Last Theorom.
hey college boy...no more smart posts
"Fermat's Last Theorem states that no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two."
This is bad, now more pointless posts like this one will be posted for the purpose of having the most points
no posts will be pointless, obviously.
it's not a bad idea, it shows who has been around for awhile and when people just post for point, it becomes evident and you suspend or ban them for being stupid
This wasn't supposed to be a smart post, somebody had to bring the point thing to everyone's attention, and I chose to be that person!
my first point. lets take a picture to commemorate it
first to 21 wins?
I am thoroughly disappointed in the lack of arrogance and doucheiosity in this thread.
It's "have", not "got". You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
ps: before anybody gets on my punctuation outside of quotes, know that I was a computer science major and punctuation inside of strings looks weird.
careful, that link goes to porn.
oh wait, it's the internet. every link goes to porn.
Almost as bad as a Buckeye blog.
"Though it is considered gauche to publicly criticize posters for poor spelling or grammar, the network places a premium on literacy and clarity of expression."
As much as I would prefer everyone to use perfect grammar and correct spelling, hopefully we'll see less posts criticizing small spelling mistakes.
I'm a journalist (caveat: background is history and I am also a computer nerd on the side) and punctuation inside quotes always irked me too. It comes from a scribal notion that punctuation must set apart sentences. Of course, with the advent of typing, and what's more, computerized spacing, having punctuation inside a quote is as necessary as double-spacing after a period.
One family in the 1700s created most modern punctuation, or so I've been told (wanna go look up the specifics again).
At that time, the material inside quotations was most often spoken. Today, when we can schmear, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V so quickly, so much more quoted text was something typed.
In that context, I think it's high-time our punctuation evolved to meet the demands of a world as likely to communicate through a keyboard as a vocal cord. Punctuation itself is evolving as we learn to commit body language to text.
Look at this sentence:
Jump if I say "Red," "Blue," "Purple" or "Green."
Jump if I say "Red", "Blue", "Purple" or "Green".
The above is correct. The below, however, is easier to understand. This is because the computer literate populace places greater meaning on punctuation -- we see the comma a as pause, not a separator. We have also found ways of expressing EMPHASIS using capitals, raising an eyebrow (?), expressing surprise (!), and even expressing accompanying emotions, like showing something is meant to be taken lightly -- :) -- or knowingly -- ;).
Such emoticonning doesn't translate well to current standards of AP, CHS, APA, MLA, etc.
On the other hand, because we so seldom use "smart quotes" anymore, having an end-quote followed by a quote marks gets confusing. Better, IMO, to have only the material quoted inside the marks.
I only received one point for that.
Some of these posts are very pointed.
So what's your point?
NOT! Point! NOT! Watch the beat! Yeah!