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[[File:Spellcheck.png]] This rating was given to those who demonstrated an inability to properly spell words (and occasionally granted to grammar mistakes as well). Retired at the same time as Bad Reading, currently no rating has been able to adequately replace it (though some users have opted to use Dumb instead).
 
[[File:Spellcheck.png]] This rating was given to those who demonstrated an inability to properly spell words (and occasionally granted to grammar mistakes as well). Retired at the same time as Bad Reading, currently no rating has been able to adequately replace it (though some users have opted to use Dumb instead).
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[[File:Star-icon.png]] Alongside "Winner", used to be seen as one of the highest achievements. Getting rated with Gold Stars meant that you were awesome. Retired around the second time the ratings were switched up, and has been more or less replaced by Winner, although both once existed at the same time.
  
 
== Ratings whores ==
 
== Ratings whores ==

Revision as of 01:45, 11 May 2013

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Homosexual users are more likely to predict a bright future for humanity.

Post ratings are a forum feature unique to Facepunch. Users may pick from a selection of ratings to give a post, such as Funny, Dumb, or Informative. The number of each rating which a post has received is displayed under the post, and a collapsible list displays the users which have given each rating.

Ratings are a divisive feature; some believe they set Facepunch apart from other forums, while others believe they are pointless and incite people to become ratings whores.

History

Ratings were introduced very early on in Facepunch's history, at some point in 2005. As with today, a wide array of positive and negative ratings were originally available. User pages also detailed how many of each rating a user had given and received, and their most-received rating was shown next to each of their posts. In January 2008, garry cut down on the number of standard ratings available, removing all negative ratings and leaving only Thanks, Informative, Agree, Funny and Friendly. He explained on his blog that he hoped to make the forums "more encouraging and friendly, rather than trying to score points off each other."[1]

Ratings were removed altogether in Facepunch 2009, but were reintroduced six months later and with a wider variety available, including negative ratings.[2] Some ratings, such as Zing, and special ratings were still missing however, and were not restored until the launch of Facepunch vB4.

Standard ratings

As of June 2011, there are twelve standard ratings, available in all forums except the OIFY.

Agree

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Agree indicates agreement with what a user has said. It lives next door to Optimistic and is good friends with Informative.

Disagree

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Disagree is Agree's arch nemesis. After centuries of oppression, Disagree gained the right to vote in 1962 and married Dumb in 1997. They have since had two children: Zing and Winner.

Funny

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Funny originally used the v.gif icon, but this was replaced by a generic smiley face in Facepunch 2009, much to the criticism of Facepunch users. On March 2, 2011 a redrawn version of the original icon was introduced, to widespread acclaim.[3]

Winner

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Winner is awarded to people who beat the system.

Zing

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Zing is awarded for clever puns or put downs.

Informative

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Informative is awarded to people who post pictures of dogs in hot air balloons.

Friendly

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Friendly, apart from its obvious use, is also awarded as an extremely thoughtful token of condolence to people to who post about friends or family members dying, and for cute posts.

Useful

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Useful, apart from its obvious use, is also awarded to posters who are tools, because of its icon.

Optimistic

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Optimistic, popularly known as Gaybow, is barely used for its intended purpose at all. It is instead primarily awarded to posts about homosexuality.

Artistic

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Artistic is often used for its intended purpose, but some users also use it as an Autistic rating.

Late

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Late, often called clock, is given to posts about old news. The song "Clocks" by Coldplay is the official theme tune of this rating.

Dumb

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Dumb, often called box, is given to stupid posts. It has given rise to the concept of imaginary 'box forts', which may be built if a user collects enough Dumb ratings.

Special ratings

Special ratings are only available in certain forum sections. These were removed in Facepunch 2009 but reintroduced in Facepunch vB4.

Moustache

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Available only in The Gold Members Forum, the purpose of this rating is open to interpretation and it is often awarded at random. Some users believe it should be awarded for elitism.

Smarked

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Available only in Durgs Discussion, this rating is awarded at random.

Lua King

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Available only in LUA Scripting, this rating is intended for those who show good Lua code in the forum.

Lua Helper

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Available only in LUA Scripting, this rating is intended for those who help others with technical problems in the forum.

Mapping King

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Available only in Mapping, this rating is intended for those who show considerable skill at creating maps.

Programming King

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Available only in Programming, this rating is intended for those who show good code in the forum.

OIFY Pinknipple

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This is the only rating available in the OIFY, and is awarded largely at random.

Retired Ratings

Retired ratings are ratings that used to be in the system, but aren't.

Bad Reading

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This rating was given to those who demonstrated considerable ability in being bad at reading, whether they misread a post, or (as is more likely) they are speaking about something that was already addressed one or more pages ago. "Late" now serves the same purpose.

Bad Spelling

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This rating was given to those who demonstrated an inability to properly spell words (and occasionally granted to grammar mistakes as well). Retired at the same time as Bad Reading, currently no rating has been able to adequately replace it (though some users have opted to use Dumb instead).

Gold Star

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Alongside "Winner", used to be seen as one of the highest achievements. Getting rated with Gold Stars meant that you were awesome. Retired around the second time the ratings were switched up, and has been more or less replaced by Winner, although both once existed at the same time.

Ratings whores

Ratings whores are users who write their posts a certain way with the specific intention of maximising the number of a chosen rating that they will receive. News puns are an example of ratings whoring. Some people, including garry, believe that ratings whoring is a negative effect of ratings, and use it to argue for the feature's removal. Others enjoy the often funny posts and threads which result from ratings whoring.

References