Fins-Up now on Forum
by: Matt Snider , Colorado2/5/2012
You'll notice new icons on the forum pages - a little thumb button with the words "Fins Up" next to it for each post in a thread. It only appears for logged-in members.
The Fins-Up system is designed to accomplish a few things:
- First, it is a way for you to "bookmark" posts that you like. Click the Fins-up icon for a post, and the post will be added to your own private list of forum posts you like.
- Second, it is a way to give kudos and points to members who have written a helpful, informative, interesting, or otherwise beneficial forum post.
- Third, it gives the website a better way to acknowledge members that offer helpful contributions.
Here are a few explanations about the system:
- One member can only give one Fins-up to a single post/reply
- A member will get 1 point for every 5 Fins-up their post gets, up to 10 points per post
- Each post now could be worth up to 10 points as opposed to before where one point was granted for simply posting anything
- If you Fins-up a post, the author does not know who did it
- Authors of posts can see the tally of Fins-up their posts have received, but not names of who did them
- Other people do not see your personal Fins-up selections
- This is not tracked by anyone but us, so there's no tie-in to Facebook or Google, etc.
In activating this system, we also wanted to refine the overall points system. So I created a page that explains points on FishExplorer.com. We have now integrated more discounts to the FxR+ subscription based on points, as the page explains, and expanded how you can achieve points. Hint: the best way to get points is to submit conditions reports. And you can always use points to help your chances in the annual Winter Giveaway.
I am aware that some people don't pay attention to points, and that is OK. But if you do, this is a step in the right direction to better recognize members committed to a strong website.
If you like a post, give it a Fins-up. If you don't, ignore it. Some people have requested a "Fins-down" but I want to keep this positive. We have a "Report Abuse" link for FxR+ subscribers to help us track posts that don't follow site guidelines and rules, and I think that does well enough to mark bad posts.
Hopefully that explains it well enough. Now just get out and go fishing or enjoy the Super Bowl, whichever you choose to do on this fine Sunday!
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Tubejig, CO 2/5/2012 11:06:29 PM
This is a real cool site! I used to post on another site but I'm liking this one more and more every day! Seems like a heck of a lot more peeps actually post reports on here!
JKaboom, CO 2/6/2012 12:06:24 AM
I like the overall purpose of 'fins-up'. This is another reason I am so happy with my choice to be not only and FxR member but an FxR+ member.
The designers and contributors are doing everything they can to drive quality and I appreciate it thank you :)
pbs, CO 2/6/2012 12:35:53 AM
Matt, now that I understand a little bit more about the 'fins up'
feature...I like the idea.
bluecollarguy, CO 2/6/2012 12:56:21 PM
I saw the "Fins Up Now on Forum" headline when i logged on to check the forum and blew right past it to check the posts. I got a good laugh out of the Jay Leno comment on that kype jawed Rainbow question and just out of habit clicked the Fins Up. When it turned red i figured i'd better read the article thinking i had just given a negative rating!
RPG, CO 2/6/2012 4:14:34 PM
How about putting a "Fins Up" on the BLOGs ?
EOrf, CO 2/7/2012 8:00:24 AM
Coyute, CO 2/8/2012 3:16:36 PM
A "Fins Down" on blogs would be useful as well. :)
Tbubb, CO 2/15/2012 6:43:46 PM
A few things -
1) This probably has the effect of rewarding free side posts more than pay side, as there are more readers there and thus more potential thumbs-ups. Fine with me, but I don't post much there. I post info that I want to share with people willing to contribute a little more themselves.
2) It occurs to me that while you've added a 'my thumbs up' section ot the home page, that only shows things that we've given the thumbs up to. Am I missing something or does the feedback other people give us (thumbs up on our posts) go invisible to us? It would be better feedback if we were able to see what other people were telling us that they liked.