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A demerit or what ever you want to call it could very easily be abused. I'm hoping that this system currently in place once the merit sources have been added will be enough and those who do post quality content will be rewarded. Of course there's going to be a few people who aren't going to get rewarded right now just because there aren't enough merit sources currently. Although, theymos has stated that they will likely be hundreds of them once suitable people are found.

But, I'm against the demerit option for now. I feel it could very easily be abused even if it was limited by certain factors. If it was implemented it would probably need to be restricted to merit sources only to avoid abuse. Certain members would be targeted heavily otherwise. At least right now people can either get rewarded for their post or nothing happens at all. But, if someone disagrees with someone even though their point is valid then they may feel the need to demerit that person when that doesn't really achieve anything and likely will revolve into popularity contests.

Yes there's people at high ranks right now that don't post anything worthwhile but, that doesn't mean they should be punished by losing their rank. Sooner rather than later they will be easily noticeable by their lack of merit points anyway.

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March 22, 2018, 01:41:18 AM
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This is a great idea but could and will be abused for sure. Awarding merits could be abused too but not to such an extent as demerit system. Awarding can't hurt your account. Now will be just a lot harder to rank up. Demerit system can damage your account and a lot of people will use it against others. There are people with hundreds of alts such a tool will give them a lot of power. No, I don't see a possibility to introduce demerit system.

Merit system should be reconsidered again. From what I see only a few people ranked to full member and I don't know anyone ranked to senior member from the time of introducing merits. I got only 7 merits in this few months despite answering questions, help others, writing quality posts, etc. Many times my posts are quoted and people are asking me questions or we are discussing in a bigger circle but still, I don't get any merits and I don't see people tipping other users either. Only in few threads about merits, there is more tipping but this is because of merit sources and their engagement in this topics to introduce the system.

Sooner was clear that after so many time and posts you got such a rank. Today you can be a jr member even after few years and thousands of posts if unlucky or without friends on the forum.

I think there should be a place where after some time we can add our posts for quality check and merits award if there are no merits received.

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March 22, 2018, 04:37:00 AM
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Hi everybody,
I can now see a lot of people with high ranks. A lot of them sometimes seem like they are not willing or ready to provide this potentially huge help to the community, and furthermore, they often aren't even giving very interesting replies.
Lets just accept the fact that they are so lucky being here a long time ago without merit system, the fact that they Invest Time here in forum for a long time they already deserve the rank.

Could and unmerit rule change anything? It could help even the higher ranks to stay more awake and want to mantain/earn more merits like the new users.
For example: If you don't earn one merit (or another form of reward) in a certain time, you lose one. One idea could be that you should earn a certain number of merits per month to maintain the others for example.
As I said they already deserve their ranks except to those farmers, we dont need another system anymore such as Un-merit and De-ranking this is useless.
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March 22, 2018, 05:06:34 AM
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If this Merit System doesn't work in your own opinion that doesn't mean it's not really working. I respect your opinion but I can't really stop thinking that you are just jealous because you missed the opportunity of ranking up while it's due.

Many people on this forum are ranting about the flaws of the Merit System, guess what, most of them are low ranking people and shitposters.
It's a fact, I don't want to offend you either.
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March 22, 2018, 05:07:25 AM
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The Merit system is barely 4 months old. You have to let things settle before you state this and that.

I see that you have 0 merits but a lot of activity -- this could be one reason why you're against the merit system, I'm not sure.

I like the merit system. It heightens the standards for everyone. Yes it's a little Nazi, but that's fine. I you're honestly interested in ranking up, just like in an MMO, you have to exp harder.

You can't just reach level 99 unless you spend an endless amount of time killing the same monsters in the same area for like 90 hours.

I'm pretty sure you'd feel salty about spending 90 hours to get to a higher rank on bitcointalk? Why? If you would do it for a videogame, why not for bitcointalk?

The merit system is here to give a home to people who generally and truthfully want to be part of a community that supports bitcoin and crypto.

The members with merits from the old system understand that now. In the beginning they were throwing around merits like it was candy. Now they're being more careful because they understand the system more and how it can be abused.

Slowly but surely the people who are earnestly trying their best to be a meaningful member of BTT are earning merits. So you might make 30 posts this week and get 0 merits, but then next week you could make 30 posts again and get 1 merit. As long as you're not spamming, and as long as you're enjoying the conversation, having fun, and giving some insights -- rather than just posting something to post something... people will see that and they will merit you.

this is the atmosphere of bitcointalk right now. You'll rank up if you deserve to rank up.

The catch 22 is:

If you really are here to be a part of bitcointalk, then why do you care about ranking up? As soon as you voice your disdain or frustration about ranking up, that's when people realize that you're not really here to be on the forum. You're just here for the bounties XD.

The truth is, Theymos really put a lot of thought into this system. You don't need to be anything above Jr. to be a part of this forum -- and that's why Jr. Member requires no merits. As soon as you're Jr., you can post without any real time limit, and use the search function. You can even participate in trades somewhat, and build a reputation there.

The only thing you can't do is hang out at the Ivory tower... but that's fine. The Ivory Tower should really be for people who are experienced and have hung out here long enough to be able to share a meaningful opinion. So I agree with only higher ranked members being able to post there.

But yeah, ranks are honestly just for show after Jr. Member. If you want to rank up past Jr. Member, I'd like to ask why? What is your motivation for doing so? Why do you feel so frustrated about it? If you can't say "it's not money," then other members will see that too.

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March 22, 2018, 05:23:32 AM
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Why people trying to make the already complicated system even more difficult? People struggling to get merits, it will take the average Joe couple years to reach from Member to Full Member. Then he has right to rest then, he already made enough contribution, don't you think? And ones who are Legendary by now, they contributed well to make this forum a great place. For me, I want to get Full member status and will be quite satisfied with it. But with so many dudes trying to be smart and obviously hoping to get merits for their smartness, my dream could never be fulfilled.

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March 22, 2018, 05:40:45 AM
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Why people trying to make the already complicated system even more difficult? People struggling to get merits, it will take the average Joe couple years to reach from Member to Full Member. Then he has right to rest then, he already made enough contribution, don't you think? And ones who are Legendary by now, they contributed well to make this forum a great place. For me, I want to get Full member status and will be quite satisfied with it. But with so many dudes trying to be smart and obviously hoping to get merits for their smartness, my dream could never be fulfilled.

I think it can happen if you fix your grammar and learn to articulate your posts better.

If you can't, then post in the local board and be active there in your own language. You can then apply to be a merit source for your local board if you show that you're a true leader there and one who likes to contribute and help with your fellow same-language speakers.

The merit system is not here to reward people who are smart. The merit system is here to weed out spammers from people who are truly trying to be a good part of this community.

If you post a lot in your local language board, and you can show proof to Theymos that you're trying to be a valuable member of bitcointalk, then he will grant you a merit source.

My ideas for getting you started there:

1. When you find valuable BTC/altcoin news that you think your fellow countrymen should know, then just translate the news IN YOUR OWN WORDS and create a thread to let them know.

2. Look for people asking for help in your local board. Try your best to help them with your knowledge of crypto.

3. Get people involved. Start contests and fun threads in your own language to get everyone to be happy to be here. Like: "Post a fun fact about bitcoin!" And have people post what they know about bitcoin. The person who posts the most meaningful facts get a merit (i know you have extra merits Wink).

The point is to be a valuable leader of your local board Smiley.

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You can really just improve your English and post better... Then the merits will flow <3

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March 22, 2018, 06:02:33 AM
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Could and unmerit rule change anything? It could help even the higher ranks to stay more awake and want to mantain/earn more merits like the new users.
For example: If you don't earn one merit (or another form of reward) in a certain time, you lose one. One idea could be that you should earn a certain number of merits per month to maintain the others for example.
If this ever happen then this forum will be turned into a whining court  Lips sealed where there will be constant threads of cases from forum users demeriting eachother because of little disagreement or dislike. I am glad Theymos disabled that option.
It will be very surprising that people will use the demerit button more than the merit button because its somehow in people's nature to act in certain ways in getting back at people they don't like. And I agree, there are posts which are not getting the merits they deserve but what can one do; the world entirely is an unfair place. Everyone can't be pleased.

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March 22, 2018, 06:05:22 AM
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the merit system is a scam trying to keep the guys up on the ivory tower. don't try to reason with them or suggest alternatives. they will always find a way to tell you that what you're proposing has certain downsides. Except for the perfect merit system they came up with. What a joke!

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March 22, 2018, 06:12:08 AM
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the merit system is a scam trying to keep the guys up on the ivory tower. don't try to reason with them or suggest alternatives. they will always find a way to tell you that what you're proposing has certain downsides. Except for the perfect merit system they came up with. What a joke!

I think you're just impatient lol. I looked through your last 40 posts, and 60% of them were 1-liners or 2-liners, while the rest were pretty meaningful, so you know how to post good content, yes.

I think it's just that people are reluctant to give out merits right now because it's being mixed up with the Trust system.

Either that, or they have too few sMerits and aren't getting so many merits themselves, so they're reasoning that they should only give merits to really, really good posts.

The system is still equilibrating. But as you can see you already have 1 merit... and getting 1 merit when you post mostly 1 or 2-liners is a miracle lol.

So the system works. I bet you'd have 2 merits if your next 40 posts are 60% paragraphs rather than 1-liners Smiley.

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March 22, 2018, 06:39:41 AM
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the merit system is a scam trying to keep the guys up on the ivory tower. don't try to reason with them or suggest alternatives. they will always find a way to tell you that what you're proposing has certain downsides. Except for the perfect merit system they came up with. What a joke!
I respect with your opinion but it doesn't mean that merit system is not working good. Merit system is best but it becomes bad because there are a lot of BCT users are not following rules. They make another account so that there merit will go back that is called Account Farming
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March 22, 2018, 10:05:13 AM
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If you don't like the merit system as it is now and are crying about how hard it is to achieve merit in the first place like the dozens of other newbies are how would you feel once you have finally achieved your rank but then you find it slipping away from you constantly as you fail to get enough merits to sustain it? It's just going to force users to desperately make topics trying to beg for merit. It would just be counter productive and make things worse.

the merit system is a scam trying to keep the guys up on the ivory tower. don't try to reason with them or suggest alternatives. they will always find a way to tell you that what you're proposing has certain downsides. Except for the perfect merit system they came up with. What a joke!

Nobody said it was perfect and it clearly isn't but I certainly haven't seen anyone propose a viable alternative (or one that wasn't much worse or open to even more abuse).

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I think it's just that people are reluctant to give out merits right now because it's being mixed up with the Trust system.

Either that, or they have too few sMerits and aren't getting so many merits themselves, so they're reasoning that they should only give merits to really, really good posts.

The system is still equilibrating. But as you can see you already have 1 merit... and getting 1 merit when you post mostly 1 or 2-liners is a miracle lol.

So the system works. I bet you'd have 2 merits if your next 40 posts are 60% paragraphs rather than 1-liners Smiley.

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March 22, 2018, 01:59:11 PM
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Oh, you've wasted your time, you should be on high ranking profile now with a lot of merits to give on your account, so don't complain now about the new rules, since it was half your fault for not making your account high as possible during those times.

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I don't agree with your suggestion, OP, and it does sound like you're whining a bit--but you put some thought into your post, so I gave you a merit. 

And yes, there are tons of Hero & Legendary members who got those ranks before the merit system was put into place who wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of earning them if they had to get merits to do so.  We all just have to accept that, and whining about it doesn't change matters. 

The merit system is hard on noobs, that's for sure.  But my opinion is that's the way it should be, since there are so many new accounts, and many of them are being farmed or are alts of each other, and the net result is that bitcointalk has been overrun with shitposters.  So we desperately needed to crack down on shitposters. 

I suppose everyone has forgotten when I was on DT along with actmyname, and we were tagging shitposters--but try to recall that for that brief period Meta was absolutely filled with threads complaining about actmyname and myself.  We were driving those idiots crazy, and it was a refreshing, euphoric time, but it was a lot of work.  Then the merit system got implemented, and shitposters no longer had to get tagged (and Theymos decreed that he did not want them to be), and it's been so much better ever since.  Then that blistered nutsack of fuck OGNasty excluded me from his trust list, followed by Tomatocage, and then I was off DT....but that's another story.

It's not perfect, but it's better, and I'll take that over the way it used to be any day of the week.

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March 22, 2018, 05:05:57 PM
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I don't think demerit is needed Smiley. It'll be the best thing for merit abusers Smiley). They'll have chance to remove their merit abusing evidence then when checking time over, they'll send merit again. LOL. Although I know your idea is really good but we don't need it in this forum.

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Unmerite/Demerite without borders would be indeed completely abused by some users.
But some rules could be found for this to work : for example if you could unmerite someone by spending one of your merit point for each unmerite point you want to give to this person. With your merit points you will then have either the choice to rewards someone for a good quality post or to punish someone for bad behaviour/spamming or anything else. Then it will limit the unmerite abuse.
But the merite score and the unmerite score would have to be two separated scores I think.

To put in place the merite system it was hard and there was a lot of whining but I can imagine the mess it will be if an unmerite system is put in place ;p
But the idea behind it to demote some of the old Legendary who shouldn't have their current rank is interesting indeed.
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I can now see a lot of people with high ranks. A lot of them sometimes seem like they are not willing or ready to provide this potentially huge help to the community, and furthermore, they often aren't even giving very interesting replies.

A demerit/unmerit is a bad idea. Some people will abuse it as well as with the trust. Probably it's time to enter a new rank - Supreme Master or Mythical Legendary. This will push the higher ranks to share their knowledge with the newcomers.
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March 22, 2018, 05:20:24 PM
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I don't think demerit is needed Smiley. It'll be the best thing for merit abusers Smiley). They'll have chance to remove their merit abusing evidence then when checking time over, they'll send merit again. LOL. Although I know your idea is really good but we don't need it in this forum.

Demerit is a dangerous avenue to go down for sure, but the shitposters who have already leveled up are also a threat to the quality of the forum.. Perhaps adding in an increase into the base merit required to keep current rank would be an option? it shouldn't be massive as posters who have been inactive will need a chance to get the level they had back, maybe something like a 50 merit increase to each level in 6 months, that would kick the shitposters down a level for sure, brain is a little fried right now so I cannot think of a sensible system that would work but I am sure someone else could come up with something constructive if they agree with me

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