James, I respect the criticism, You're right about getting starts but it's really just about aknowledging people you know? I loved the backpack idea and yeah I suppose the feedback could be given on completion but at the same time I had a lot of help planning my trip that just gave me food for thought.
cheers for the response guys
oh you guys make me laugh-any debate on here is a good one, i suppose at the end of the day if you do not wish to participate then you don't-as simple as that! a backpacker symbol sounds ace!
James-i'm sure you can work on your issues-lol!
I think "useful advice" in this sense would be advice that points you in the right direction. If you're looking for a cheap but clean hotel, and someone gives you a link, you may book there or you may just have a good place to start your search. Either way, it's been helpful. I'm with mim - it's first and formost about having a simple way to acknowledge someone's help.
Plus those stars always make you feel good.
I don't actually mind one way or another.
However, if it was done, possibly the way to get people to respond is after they have read the message and hit a button to move on, pop up a window which says something official like
"To help us monitor the usefulness of the travel helpers blah, blah blah..."
plus a 1-5 or 10 (plus a no comment option) backpack / plane / star / sheep / whatever quick and easy select button, plus a space for any other comments, which would automatically be bounced back to the helper.
More people may actually respond that way than if they have to write a message specifically.
Being serious for another moment (blimey, I much prefer to joke around), I fail to see the usefulness of the rating system. On eBay, it's all about establishing trust with your potential buyers and sellers, but what's the point here? There's no real trust to establish, and there's no points that you can accumulate and use.
Just be glad that you've answered someone's questions to the best of your knowledge, they've taken your advice on board, and their trip is is all the more enjoyable for it.
hmm...that's true James, i would have to agree there, at the end of the day poeple make their own contacts and if they do not wish to thank a person whom has offered any help then so be it!-they may then forfiet any more advice from that particular person.
Hmm...James-lose the serious act-fooling around is sooo much better-don't fear we're all here to help you!!
...and as someone already said-may have been you J-on one of your serious notes-about not actually finding out how useful the info is untill you've tried it out!
i don't know if rating a person is the way to go, whenever i've helped anyone no matter how big or small they have always thanked me, a few also writing back after the trip to tell me how they got on.... if someone thinks you've helped them they are normally grateful, by rating someone you take away the need to say ''thank you'' ....which i prefer more then a star, etc...
I have to agree with you there, Raven. A "thank you" is better than a star. The "star system" would be more for one-time posters and the like - people looking for a quick bit of advice, and who may not come back again. I think they would be more likely to rate using stars, and someone who's here quite a bit would opt for a more formal "thanks".
I was thinking about rating the other way around - stars for people who write back and little flat tires or something for those who don't acknowledge a reply. It would enable members to know if someone is really reading the advice or just posting now and then and vanishing into thin air. But TP is such a friendly place - I just can't see it fitting in.
by rating someone you take away the need to say ''thank you''
a good point
You guys have all missed the point.
It wasn't about "rating" it was just like: that was a particularly nice piece of advice i liked that click! one backpack.
wow look I got a backpack someone appreciates the time I spend a week trying to help people
who cares anyway it was just one idea.