Up front, increasing the number of likes available to members is an option, and I'm not at all opposed. If we increase the quota, the trick will be in finding the "right" number.
Now we're not going to tell anyone how to use their likes, so what follows are merely my own thoughts and how I use them. This is important because it drives my own input into the discussion of how many likes members my have, as well as potential discussion on what we may increase the quota to.
I give likes to things like:
- Fully painted armies (minimum three colors and fully based, usually with some level of conversion and higher end of tabletop quality or better)
- Individual models converted and painted to a high quality (not necessarily Golden Daemon - just indicative of lots of work)
- Army background that is executed well (e.g., Index Astartes articles, similar backgrounds appended to armies, etc.)
- Battle Reports that are presented in such a way that I can readily understand how the game progressed, especially if thoughts behind tactics are provided
- Insightful posts that show both intellectual effort and constructiveness
- Humorous posts that lighten the mood (generally posts that help steer a topic back into the right direction)
The above could be summarized as me giving likes to posts that show constructive work on the part of the poster, things that enrich the hobby.
More importantly, here are the types of posts to which I don't
give likes (these are things that are beyond the obvious posts that don't meet the requirements I've outlined above and which other members give likes to frequently):
- Mosts posts in the News, Rumors, and Forum Announcements forum, or news/rumors/announcements in other forums.
Yup, that's it. The reason for this is that these sorts of topics/posts aren't
indicative of work on the part of the poster (other than learning about whatever it is we're talking about). For example, if GW
makes a plastic Thunderhawk and I just happen to be the first person to post pictures of it here at the B&C, I haven't done any real work and don't deserve to have my reputation improved (via likes). GW
is the one that has done the work (making the model). I'll make exceptions in that forum when discussion about a rumor leads to someone making a very insightful or constructive post, but you generally won't see me giving a like to the rumor itself.
Now truth be told, I simply don't have the time to go through the entire forum every day like I used to. This means that I don't give out likes to all of the posts that I see that meet my requirements, which is quite unfortunate. However, the limitations on my own time shouldn't mean that other members that have more time than me suffer. And just so we're clear, my own criteria for giving likes shouldn't be taken as how you
should give out likes. If you want to give out likes to every post you see that correctly uses a four-syllable word, more power to you.
So the mods/admins will take another look at the number of likes members may give out in a single 24-hour period and determine if we should increase that number, and we'll get back with you soon to let you know the outcome.