Posted by: Adam on August 8th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I have a great idea for this site. Actually it is a borrowed idea from cbssports.com that I think this site should implement. Since I don’t know if there is a place for site suggestions, I have decided to post it here to express my views and see what other people think about this idea. The idea is a reputation system. On cbssports.com there are 5 reputation levels. 1st level is Amateur. 2nd level is Rookie. 3rd level is Pro. 4th level is All-star. 5th level is Superstar.
Now, there are 4 factors that go into which reputation a person receives. First is connections. On cbssports.com, you can add people as a favorite user. The more people that added you as a favorite user as well as the more people that you invited to the site will increase your connections score. Also, if a user that has a higher reputation adds you as a friend, that will be a greater influence to your score as opposed to a person with a lower reputation score.
The second category that effects your reputation is value. Not only can each blog be rated like on this site, but also each comment can also be rated. The more positive ratings you get on your blogs and comments, the higher your value score is. And just like connections, the ratings you get from users with a higher reputation will weigh more in the overall score.
Third is participation. The longer you have been with the site and the more comments you make, the higher your participation score will be.
The last factor that plays into your reputation is skill. Now this wouldn’t apply at all to this site, but your skill level is determined by how well you perform in fantasy games in cbssports.com.
Now the point with this is that the higher your reputation is, the more privileges you receive on the website. This means you have to prove your worth as a user and the people that are more dedicated to the site, will be the more privileged. It’s only fair. Many times when every single user has every single privilege, chaos can form. However, if a reputation system is implemented, the quality of the site improves and more people will end up enjoying the site. One example of a privilege not give right away is creating a new blog or thread. Now, I can’t remember how high up the food chain you have to be on cbssports in order to create a new thread, I think it’s either Pro or All-Star, but as a brand new user or a user that has abused their privileges on the site and are at amateur level, they aren’t allowed to create new threads. Only make comments on current threads. Now on this site, there are many new blogs created every day. A lot of them are duplicate subjects that are created either by a new user not knowing there was a previous blog about it or an annoying user that is spamming the blogs just in spite. Not being allowed to post a new blog as a new user or an abusive user would do a few things. First, it would lessen the amount of new blogs created. This would allow us to enjoy the current blogs more and enjoy the friendly discussions a lot more without having to keep up with all the new blogs that are constantly being created. Second, it would increase the quality of the blogs and thus make the sites more enjoyable. The users on lower reputation levels would still be allowed to participate and give their opinions by making comments on the current blogs, but they would also be given the opportunity to prove their worth as a user and earn the right to more privileges. This is just one of the many advantages to a reputation system.
Now, obviously it wouldn’t be good to copy the exact system that cbssports.com has, but I believe that this site could create their own reputation system and make the necessary adjustments to certain aspects on this site to help the system succeed. I think it would increase the quality of this site and make it more enjoyable. What do you think?
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