This is not a feature suggestion for the magento software, it is for this sites forum.
When looking at replies on a forum such as this the way most people gauge how useful or creditable a certain post is, is on the number of posts a user has created. Although generally this can be a good way to gauge a members expertise in a particular subject.
Some experts expertise may be devalued to other people who just have a higher post count than them. So I suggest a way which users can rate members on their helpfulness. A Karma or Helpfulness score.
Although such a system is open to abuse, maybe a comment must be attached to why this member has had a karma increase or decrease, and if a member thinks he is being abused by this system they can contest it. Think ‘ebay seller/buyer’ feedback, or something like the banana awards at the following website.http://sucs.org/Community/Bananas
This type of system would help newbies sort through the vast number of posts to see which are credible.
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