Highway of Life wrote: Although many sites have the positive/negative karma options, I'm eliminating the negative side completely. We are just going to do plus points.
Also, it really wouldn't benefit the users to abuse the system anyways, it's just a nice display of "helpfulness" count, like I said, it would be like post count, do we really need post count? technically, no... all it does is show how often someone posts on the board, it's a nice display, and that's how I'm going to implement the THANKS system. Just a nice display.
For example, Nightrider would have a very high "THANKS" count.
Yes, a fine example, we don't need post counts and yet still people abuse the system by spamming messages just to get the postcount up. It does them no good, they get no benefit from it and yet still they try and abuse it.
In a Karma system with only positive ratings allowed, some users will still abuse it by rating people highly that don't deserve it. That's still abuse of the system. There's nothing you can do in any karma style system on a board to prevent abuse, when the system uses a metric (or metrics) to calculate some objective value that gets displayed to all users. You can only try and minimise the impact the abuse has... even then it's a bit futile trying to prevent it.
Why not simply reverse the effect of any kind of rating so that it only alters how that user sees the board?
You could then give the ability for a user to see the board through another user's eyes. So if a new member joins and wants to get an idea of who is helpful, they look around for a member that they know or just like the look of their views, click the link in their profile and suddenly see how they rate the various posters/topics/posts on the forum.