is my opinion, but I’ve heard a lot of suggestions on making more dots, changing the values, etc.
What about this hack:
This hack extends the existing reputation display system from just the light/dark green dots to green and golden dots, and then golden stars as the dots limit is reached.
The dark green dots are followed by light green dots, which are then followed by ‘golden’ dots. When the limit these can display is reached, the display is prefixed by a golden Star, and started again. If your reputation is zero then the neutral grey pip is displayed. Negative reputations are displayed in a similar manner using light and dark red dots and stars.
I’d say go for it. It doesn’t do anything except increase the publicly-viewable detail of the data that already exists but can only currently be determined through relative means. (For example, I have just as many dots as Andy Baker. I don’t know how many points he has, and the only way I know I have less than him is through sorting the member list by reputation.)
(Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out Andy Baker has infinite rep.)
Haha, what I’d really like to see is some more phrases. Don’t really care if there are more dots or not (they’re just dots!), but I would like seeing a wider variety of the sayings when you rollover. (i.e- Andy Baker had this much rep two years ago, etc.)
Maybe keep the dots, but have different colored dots. Like when you have full green dots you get 1 pink dot and when you have full pink dots you get 1 blue dot and so people can still get more reputation points, and it doesn’t clutter the screen with big stars…
I agree that the stars are tacky, I am sure someone can photoshop up a smaller better looking star. But I think the idea of increasing the reputation points is great. As it stands right now there are 200+ people with full reputation bars, and when a new student comes to the site there should be a difference in reputation between the 200+ dedicated posters and Dave Lavery and Andy Baker. Maybe that means adding just those gold dots, and not the stars.
I’m going to say something unpopular here most likely.
Dave Lavery and Andy Baker are two of our outstanding FIRST role models and the posts that they make in CD consistently reflect why they are. I’m not so sure FIRST role models necessarily want to be set apart but rather want to be a part of their community, helping members to grow and achieve gold stars. As long as the process is attainable for any who strive, it is a good thing. If it causes separatism and elitism, perhaps not.
I voted for it, mainly because it extends the rep dots. I don’t all that care for the stars, but it would be nice to see more dots with different colors, just to mix things up a bit. But like Brandon has said, they’re just dots.
I say, do what ever is easiest for Brandon. With all he’s done for the forums, little dots and stars should be the last thing on his mind.