I have decided to experiment with a 'Karma' system to encourage better posting.
On the left of every post, above every user's icon, you'll see:
The basic rule is that when someone makes a useless or bad post, click that 'bad' button. When they help you out, click that 'good' button.
If you feel neutral, or no strong feelings, don't click anything.
If someone tries hard to help you out but it still doesn't solve your problem, either click nothing or click 'good'.
You can only 'vote' on a person at most about once a day so you aren't really voting on any particular post but instead the longer term help they've given out (such as an entire thread over a period of a few days).
Oh and don't use it as a method of revenge! Sometimes people just have a bad day and forget to use smiley faces
There are no benefits to having a really good karma and you won't be banned for having a bad karma. Its just an ego thing, and a way to thank those who help you.
Anyway, if you have any opinions of this new system just reply here. I might tweak it a bit depending on suggestions.
edit: Thinking about it for a bit, I made a slight change to the system so it only shows sum total Karma, and not both good and bad votes. You will have a positive count as long as you are more useful than useless
I didn't want the new system to appear too negative!
Also, you are allowed to vote people down if they break the basic forum guidelines:http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=602.0http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=1480.0
But please be kind to new members!