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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I just had one other idea, I've been travel helping for Brazil for quite a while now and I've come to expect little response for the reams of typed help I give people which is fine but sometimes you don't know if you're being helpful or not,

now I would want this only in a positive way (i.e no minus marking!) but what about some kind of star system for people to award when they've had a nice bit of advice? (not suggesting I deserve one though ;) )that would mean that helpers don't have to feel unloved and the helped have to do little to reply?

just a thought
m

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

A bit like e-bay ratings...

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I respectfully second that! I'm always, always happy to help (it's kind of like re-living parts of your trip to remember so much detail), but except for the die-hards here, I rarely ever get a response. So I too don't know if I'm being helpful or not.

Like mim, I'd say it's just a matter of respectfully acknowledging the time that someone took to help. There are some great people here who'd get 5 stars in my book!

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I agree also. I'm really happy to help - it's one of the reasons that this website is so successful, I think. Everyone is willing to put themselves out to help someone else realise their plans...

It would be nice to get feedback of some kind though, if only to spur you on!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Blimey, seems we still need a "stamp for work well done" like when we were in kindergarten.

If the person that you have helped hasn't sent you a message of thanks, I can't see why they're going to bother ranking your response.

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

It's obvious. If you have a star system the person only has to click one button or so.. but with sending a message, you have to write your own personal message. I really like this idea. I want the stars to be gold and shiny..

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I still have issues about not getting any starts in kindergarten!

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

Do they have to be stars? What about elephant stamps? hehe

It's a good idea though. A simple 'This post was helpful' link would probably do the trick I suppose and give us yet another factor to take into account for our top secret Member Title algorithm.. muhaha

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Maybe we can have planes or backpacks instead of stars.

Cheers,
Hien

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Being serious for a moment, I would assume that they would only know if the advice given was useful once they've gone on their trip and taken that advice.