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Recognition points: Marking/unmarking answers clarification RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/ff395928.aspx#How_do_I_earn_points I got a suspission that the people might lose/get points outside their control. Maybe it's just a wording in FAQ and the recognition system works as expected, but still I would try to point on it.

    For the purpose of the example I will use the following lines from the table:

    • Your forum post is confirmed as an answer by the original question asker. => +15
    • Your forum post that was marked as an answer is removed by the original question asker. => -15
    • Your forum post is confirmed as an answer by the community. => +10
    • Your forum post that was marked as an answer is removed as an answer by the community. => -10

    So, if I mark a post as an answer to my question, the answerer gets +15 points. If the community than umark that answer, he lose -10 points. As a result, the post is in its original state (not marked as an answer), but the "answerer" is still 5 points plus.

    On the other hand, the more usual version, when the community marks a post as an answer, the answerer gets +10 post. If the original questioner than umark the post as an answer, the "answerer" loses -15 points. So he loses 5 points just because some moderator tried to mark his points as an answer. That's quite strange as the answerer is loosing points as a result of failures of someone else.

    • Moved by Sheng Jiang 蒋晟 Monday, January 2, 2012 6:15 AM (From:Suggestions and Feedback for the Forums)
    Sunday, September 25, 2011 8:29 AM

Answers

  • Interesting question and definitely needs some clarification. I would assume that in such cases the + and - should match each other, although not exactly sure how it's done behind the scene.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


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    Sunday, October 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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  • Interesting question and definitely needs some clarification. I would assume that in such cases the + and - should match each other, although not exactly sure how it's done behind the scene.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog

    Naomi's right. The + and - match each other. So you only lose the points that you gained for that particular question when the Asker or Moderator unmarks your answer.
    Ed Price a.k.a User Ed, Microsoft Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 7:43 AM
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  • As for your first question - when a question asker marks a post as an answer, it just means the asked question was answered in a way that was satisfactory for the question asker, so there is no reason for the community to unmark it as an answer.

    Secondly, I've never seen that happening. I think it's more of a content bug. What I've seen is if a person gets X points on his post being marked as an answer, only X points are deducted on unmarking his post as an answer. Not a point more or less. I'm not sure though, have you seen it happening or are speculation based on the article? :)


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    • Proposed as answer by REHAN BHARUCHA Thursday, January 5, 2012 10:27 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by REHAN BHARUCHA Thursday, January 5, 2012 10:28 PM
    Sunday, October 2, 2011 7:17 AM
  • Interesting question and definitely needs some clarification. I would assume that in such cases the + and - should match each other, although not exactly sure how it's done behind the scene.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog
    Sunday, October 2, 2011 7:28 AM
    Moderator
  • Interesting question and definitely needs some clarification. I would assume that in such cases the + and - should match each other, although not exactly sure how it's done behind the scene.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog

    Naomi's right. The + and - match each other. So you only lose the points that you gained for that particular question when the Asker or Moderator unmarks your answer.
    Ed Price a.k.a User Ed, Microsoft Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 7:43 AM
    Owner