Shouldn�t we have something like Duke Dollars at forum.java.sun.com? I mean, something to encourage people to give (immediate) responses. Yeah, I agree even in current format we get sufficient responses (sometimes more than sufficient too ;-)) but many times we have problems we want others to give special attention and Duke dollar is excellent solution to this. Ok �some more details�.(copied from http://forum.java.sun.com/rewardFaq.jsp). �Duke Dollars is a program that encourages user participation within the JDC Community Discussion Forums through a rewards system. JDC members acquire Duke Dollars upon registration, then again on a monthly basis. In addition, forum participants encourage one another to interact by assigning their Duke Dollars as incentive and rewarding it to participants who post helpful responses.� More details are available here).. Just to clarify, its not a monetary reward�.just points like ATP rating in tennis. Which makes top rankers happy when the top ranker list is published periodically.
------------------ Amit Agrawal, New Delhi, India. [This message has been edited by A Agrawal (edited July 23, 2001).]
Hi Would thse ideas not required re re-write the UBB software? Not that I care, i find it funny that a Java website uses Perl as it's main application. Dont get me wrong I know it's a great product, I just had to get used to it at first. Personally I would be more than willing to write a few classes for a new Java Only bulletin board. Heck I'm already writing a bug tracking system with a small scale message board / web mail built into it.
I think it would be neat to see how you end up ranking after a few months of use and geting rated on your answers. the onjly two issues I have are: 1. if people know they will be rated on their answers will they be as willing to post replies to questions? I know there are a lot of posts I've made that I spent time looking up the answers and figuring things out for myself to help someone because then I would learn the subject myself. My replies to those posts were often corrected by people who knew better - but I learned from my mistakes. I think (hope) there are quite a few people out there that do the same - if we start rating them will they continue? 2. would anyone get upset by being rated? What if someone got a bad rating or worse than they thought they should have had? I haven't participated in a rated bulletin board so I dont if tempers get riled up or if there are ever bad feelings. but .... I do like the idea.
My early intention was just to rate (reward) good answers and ignore bad (if any) and not so good/helpful answers. I mean just the way it's handled at fourum.java.sun... of course, it would require rewriting some part of software..but i believe it can bring good results in long run. I also like the idea of rating the whole conversation so that while reading archive one can directly come to know whether there were any good solutions to the problem posted or not. (I personally believe that there shouldn�t be any negative rating for bad/incorrect answers as it might hurt, after all we are human and keep making mistakes�and while few of us take criticism positively, few may not�).
------------------ Amit Agrawal, New Delhi, India.