I haven't been active on this site for a few months now, I check in on occasion but for the most part I have been avoiding it. Why? Well, honestly, I'm a little miffed over how fake internet points work on this site. Especially for folks like myself: Avid aviation enthusiasts who write the questions (the lifeblood) for this site, but aren't really knowledgeable enough to answer questions themselves.
Yeah, I know that they aren't redeemable for faster googles searches or more Facebook friends, but I like having them and I wish I had more for reasons that I'm gonna get to if you read the long version.
Details in long form:
Okay, so what's my actual gripe? Read here: I'm not an expert on aviation, and I can't answer a lot of questions. But, I'm very keen on aviation and I love to ask questions. If you take a look at my user you'll notice I'm actually pretty good at it. I have 5, soon to be 6, questions with over 10k views (and the fake gold medals to prove it), and quite a few more that have gotten over 2.5k views.
To be fair, my questions have garnered me over 7.5k points, so why all the sour grapes? Well, frankly, it's because I know that several people have answered my questions and gained far far far more points than I have for asking. My profile say's I've reached close to 365,000 people, comparable profiles for people who mainly answer questions tend to have closer to 15k points...
Now, I realize that asking a question isn't quite as hard as answering it... Or is it? Let me tell you my deep dark secret: I'm so curious about aviation that I spend a lot of my time pouring through aviation information simply trying to find things that I don't understand. When I do find something, I asks those questions here. It is not a simple process, it sometimes takes hours. And I provide a lot of content, and the impetus for a looooot more, as a result. And yet I get the short end of the stick every time I ask a question here.
"But who cares?!" I hear you ask, "You already state the internet points are fake, why would you care at all?" Mainly it has to do with my ability to participate in the site, and my perceived ability to help with the site.
Right now I have 7.5k points, and when the privilege point requirements change that means I'll be missing out on a lot moderator feature even though I am danged certain I care (or did care) just as much about how this site works as any of our regular answerers do.
Further, and probably more of a sticking point for me, despite my contributions my score still looks comparatively low. This is especially annoying with moderator elections approaching. I mean, I know my rep isn't the only thing that would be considered (I mean, what if I was prone to lengthy pointless rants, that should also count against me, right?), but my rep does factor in. And it's a huge disadvantage for myself in any moderator election, where I to ever run...
Anyway, it's not fair, that's all I'm saying. I want 10 points for an upvote and/or a single point for every upvote on resulting answers. It's bad enough people don't upvote questions, to have to get slapped again by SE.Aviation is a bit more than I care to deal with.
drops mic, walks off stage