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    Default post counts teleported away!

    Not that it particularly matters, but I noticed they're AWOL. What's up?
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    It was a mod's idea (name somewhat withheld just in case he doesn't want his identity to be revealed).

    He says it may encourage new members to post more. I can't imagine how one thing may lead to the other, but I'm willing to try the experiment just to see what happens, and how everyone reacts. You can still see your postcount on your profile if you want to keep track of it.

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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    If that was the intent, it may have a certain brand of success. I'll admit it's a bit disheartening sometimes to see I've only posted 80-some-odd times whereas the veterans of the community register in the thousands or even tens of thousands.

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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    Umm... Question. If we are removing the visible display of post counts, then what are you going to do about the display of pokeballs under our name (which relate to post count) and our trainer rank (which also relate to post count)?


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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    We can still see them in a direct comparison in the Members List, too.

    I myself feel my Oddish is a bit lonely with no longer my postcount near him. I guess I'll just have to get used to it.
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    I publicly disapprove of this idea.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    Already noticed a glitch, or something. There's also no longer the reply number in the top right corner of a post! By clicking it, it was so convenient to get a single post view. Now, I don't even know how to view only one post, I guess I'll have to find out the code myself. Hmmph! Now let's see. Like this:

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    So if I want to view only one post, I'll have to count! Count! Hmmmph!
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    Yeah, I see your point, Mikachu. It's not quite the same, but you can still use the link that allows your browser to automatically scroll to the post you want. It's kind of similar and requires no counting.

    Like this!

    I'm willing to entertain this experiment.

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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    Aside from what I already complained in this thread, I don't like this. In my opinion, seeing the postcounts actually may encourage people to post. You can easily compare your postcount with other people and compete with both yourself and those near you. Posting begets more posting.

    However, maybe that's just me, and why not try this for a week or two, and see what happens.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikachu Yukitatsu View Post
    Aside from what I already complained in this thread, I don't like this. In my opinion, seeing the postcounts actually may encourage people to post. You can easily compare your postcount with other people and compete with both yourself and those near you. Posting begets more posting.
    I'll come clean and say it was me who suggested it (although I only suggested it to promote a discussion on it, I didn't expect it to actually be actioned a few hours later with not really much of a discussion having taken place) and I don't feel strongly one way or another about it, although I will agree that this is definitely a temporary thing. I only want to see the effects more than anything.

    I was actually hoping it would promote more constructive posts (my original intention has been lost in translation, plus I never really stated my intentions particularly clearly anyway). What you described in terms of competing with both yourself and the people near you is something I was actually hoping to discourage through this, as if you're posting more to increase your post count than to actually post useful/constructive/witty content, then quality will invariably suffer.

    I don't like the lack of post numbers in threads though, if that is a necessary condition of removing post counts, I'll vote against keeping the post counts hidden.

    The Pokeballs have been kept for personal milestones, as they encourage (especially new members) to post more in order to reach higher levels of Trainer. After you get 4 Pokeballs, the thresholds for 5, 6 and 7 are much higher, but 4 Pokeballs tends to be the benchmark in terms of establishing yourself as a member here.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    After tinkering with the templates a bit more, I've fixed that. Now the posts have numbers, but the members' postcounts don't show on the threads.

    I agree with Heald about discouraging low quality posts made solely for the purpose of raising postcounts.

    In any case, this is an experiment. I think we can keep it this way for a week or two, and see how things turn out.

    Oh, as for Ayeun's question, I think the pokeballs are an important part of the board's look and feel. That is, the forums wouldn't look nor feel the same way without them. So those who like keeping track of their postcounts and watching how new pokeballs appear under their usernames will still have that even while the postcounts themselves are hidden. Not completely hidden, though. You can still find them if you want to, they're just not displayed on the posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Vulpix View Post
    I can't imagine how one thing may lead to the other
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    I publicly disapprove of this idea.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikachu Yukitatsu View Post
    I don't like this.
    All this.

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    I think we can keep it this way for a week or two, and see how things turn out.
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    Does not matter me and my several deleted accounts have over 15, 000 posts and then some so I feel superior anyway.
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    The social group is: http://www.pokemasters.net/forums/group.php?groupid=32

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    Dude, you were the dumbass who was pissing us all with your "game", you've lied to us, spammed. (yes you have) and utterly annoyed us, you big, fat hypocrite.

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    Agree with Mew Master. The absence of a number that declares how many posts I've offered this place from my every post is hardly a big deal. It's still in my profile, I can go stare at it anytime I want. People will still know I'm a Bug Catcher from the single Poke Ball on my belt and they'll still know Blade is a cheating cheater with the seven he's got on his.

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    I did not even notice that they vanished from the threads, to be frank about it some of you are getting upset about a freaking number, I'm sure many of you may be surprised to here that I support the Idea of the post counts in the topic being hidden.

    Hum I wounder in Edit Options wouldn't be possible to add the option to show post counts visa the Visible Post Element category?

    Of co0urse this is just a suggestion and I have no clue if it can actually be pulled off but if it can I think it would be a good Idea.

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    ...That would appear to defeat the purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Legend View Post
    Hum I wounder in Edit Options wouldn't be possible to add the option to show post counts visa the Visible Post Element category?
    I tried to think what this would result in, but became very confused.

    Now let's assume I choose to let myself see the postcount. Whereas you Charles Legend decide not to see it. Then I can think hehe, there's Charles, he doesn't even see what my postcount is without looking at my profile. I see he has posted less than me, hehe. Now what does Charles think? Poor Mikachu, he thinks he's so cool just because he has chosen to see the postcount. Also this would lead to some useless discussion like let's do a poll: do you have the postcount visible? Yes or no? And in a newbie topic, welcome to TPM, did you know you can have your postcount visible? Look at that fellow, I think he doesn't see the postcount.

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    Mikachu... did that even make sense?
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    As Magmar mentions in fp's group, I agree that after this trial period any decision to make it permanent should be held in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Legend View Post
    to be frank about it some of you are getting upset about a freaking number
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    I guess we can use this thread as a discussion topic and base the final decision on the results of this discussion.

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    Personally I don't care where my postcount is--so long as I am able to be here, visit and post on occasion. So why do so many people here have their drawers in a twist over their postcount? It's quite annoying.
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    In a way, having your post count on your profile is a bit like walking around on a college campus with t-shirts saying how many credits you've got. It may make freshmen feel a bit awkward and undervalued; it may cause people to attempt more credits simply in order to fit in without regard to their content and progress. However your Poke balls are like your class rank, which is something people can appreciate at a very basic level without regard as to, say, whether Mikachu or I are a better member because we have nearly the same number of posts.

    Back to literal TPM, in the member's list, you can also search by member number, which I suppose puts a bit more weight on "veteran" status than just a post count. I prefer that list, wonder why
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    I'm ok with it staying gone, I never cared how many posts I have since I would post the same regardless if anything was keeping track or not. Doesn't change anything for me




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    Maggy, can you edit the OP to include a poll?
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    I don't have any feelings one way or another about my post count. I'm new, but I generally feel like TPMers have been welcoming, so it hasn't been something I worry about much. I do think it's impressive how many members have a long history here, so it's interesting to see how their time spent correlates with number of posts.

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    Taking in to account the logic put forward, and the fact that the only sound complaint we had was the inability to link posts, which was fixed, I have no problem with this staying as is. As such, I have left the group that was formed, and wish to place myself in the 'don't care etherway' basket.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DragoKnight View Post
    ...That would appear to defeat the purpose.
    you could say the same thing about the ability to Show Signatures, Show Avatars and Show Images (including attached images and images in [IMG] code) but we have them.


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    I tried to think what this would result in, but became very confused.

    Now let's assume I choose to let myself see the postcount. Whereas you Charles Legend decide not to see it. Then I can think hehe, there's Charles, he doesn't even see what my postcount is without looking at my profile. I see he has posted less than me, hehe. Now what does Charles think? Poor Mikachu, he thinks he's so cool just because he has chosen to see the postcount. Also this would lead to some useless discussion like let's do a poll: do you have the postcount visible? Yes or no? And in a newbie topic, welcome to TPM, did you know you can have your postcount visible? Look at that fellow, I think he doesn't see the postcount.

    I'm still confused. Very confused. Should go to sleep already.
    Har har vary funny Mikachu, but like I said in my previous post I did not even noticed my post count vanish until someone invited me to the
    firepokemon's group who I have no clue to be frank I'm fine with the post counts hidden however I suggested it become an option to appease both sides of the debate.

    on a side note to this topic is a related topic I been meaning to say I seem to recall the users here had the abilty to check there Statistics and by that I mean they were able to check what hour of the day they most offen posted at, to be frank I found that to be more useful then pdeplaying post counts

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    Yeah, that's not at all worse than the stupid shit YOU get uppity about...
    Blade if you want to complain about my rants go to the Moon I'll even pay NASA to fly you there. but realy Blade I noticed how recently there has been a lot of talk about Post counts and well you just so happened to be one of them.

    Ok while I do acknowledge post counts frankly I don't care about them just like I don't care about my score in the ASB in both cases I don't see the point other then Bragging rights which is kind of stupid recuse then you just sound like a jerk with a big ego.

    However I do see why you guys don't like the Idea hence why I suggested make it an option.

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    Ok, let me simplify this for you: Heald believed that if people couldn't see their post counts on posts, they wouldn't make shit posts for the sake of boosting their postcount. If people have the option to leave their postcounts visible, then the postcount boosters will still make shit posts for postcount.

    Hence your idea defeats the purpose of the experiment. That is the last I am going to discuss on this project. Hopefully.

    I'll see y'all when the trial period ends.
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    Has this been tried here in TPM before by the way? I don't remember. What about other message boards with this practice? Of course, it's hard to compare the current situation with TPM's past, let alone another forum.
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    IT doesn't really matter for me,one way or the other. Sometimes the post count does show up easier than pokeballs when you see someone new. But other than that, I have no opinion one way or the other.

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    OMG... did Blade actually approve of something I've said? This is a first.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    The only benefits I can see are that newbies/more silent members can't feel so embarrassed/depressed anymore because they can no longer directly see postcounts, but are they really embarrassed/depressed? When I had like 600 posts in 2004, I don't remember being particularly depressed or anything. I was anxious in the good meaning of the word and couldn't wait for being in Members List page one one day.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    OK... Just to check this, has anyone actually felt embarrassed by their low postcount when they are new to a forum? Similarly, has anyone ever treated someone differently because of their postcount?

    While I don't care about the changes, I am against it if it doesn't do anything.


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    ...I miss my postcount...

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    I don't approve of this either. I don't think postcounts deter people from making posts at all - it certainly never deterred me when I was a newbie. In fact, the ability to slowly build your post count and climb those little rungs was an incentive to keep posting and stay active.

    Even now, I was looking forward to reaching the next little milestone, to be honest.

    In the absence of any real evidence to suggest we'll get more activity out of this, and given the fact that, small though it is, it's pissed me off, I'm definitely against this and will be against it when this random trial ends.
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    Default Re: post counts teleported away!

    OK, I've added a poll so that everyone's votes can be seen more clearly and counted more easily. You're still encouraged to post your reasons, though.

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    Does this poll override the other one? Because that was due to close in two days, mon amie...
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