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New Members: Post Count Doesn't Matter As Much As You Think It Does

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Zwielicht, Dec 19, 2014.

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  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I've looked around the forum and I've noticed that there aren't any threads that directly deal with this issue, so I've decided to create one myself. Many new members are often in a rush to increase their post count for various reasons (which I will get to in a moment). However, did you know that your post count doesn't mean as much as you might think it does?

    Common Reasons That Users Inflate Their Post Counts
    This is for those of you who do not know why a user would inflate their post count. If you already know these reasons, skip to the next section called "What Does Post Count Really Tell Us".

    1. They're trying to get their post count to 15 so that they can PM other members.
    2. They're trying to get their post count to 100 so that they can become a JR. VIP (after meeting the other prerequisites).
    3. They are increasing their post count for unethical reasons that I will not mention.
    4. They believe a higher post count signifies more authority.

    What Does Post Count Really Tell Us
    Post count, aside from telling us how many posts the user has (lounge posts do not count), also tells us how active a member is on this forum. That's it. A high post count does not mean that the user has a good reputation on this forum, that the user contributes information that others have found useful (which I will get to in the next section), or that the user knows what they are talking about. Additionally, someone who has procured a post count of 1,000 in 2 months is more than likely not someone who is helpful and knows what they are talking about, they're just someone who has a lot of posts on a forum.

    Why A Post Count Does Not Mean The User Is A Respected Member
    The reason that it may seem like a higher post count means the user is more respected is because those users who have a high post count earned that respect by contributing to this forum. They've either taken the time to do research on a person or subject (W130SN), consistently offer good advice on the forum (Techxan), or they just create useful posts (rabbitking). They don't spam threads with 1 sentence posts that offer no value to the original question.


    Other Factors That You Should Consider Looking At Over Post Count

    • iTrader scores - These are scores received when someone does business with a forum member here. A user with a low iTrader score (which you don't see often since these users are often banned) with multiple bad reviews is not a user you want to deal with.
    • Thanked-to-post ratio - This is how many times someone has been thanked in their posts (this is probably confused with the "Thanks" that a user has given out by new members). I personally don't pay as much attention to this, although I've noticed that most respected members here have around a 2:1 ratio (with most of their posts being thanked by members).
    • Contribution Threads - These are threads in the freebies section or BST section that other members have found useful. If a member here has even 1 thread that has helped the forum members here, this can be seen as a good sign.
     
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  2. proxygo

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    dam so everything i thought about myself is a lie shit im busted
     
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  3. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    This is a great response!

    :lmao:
     
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    but ive worked so hard to be a post whore troll fake itrader noobie
     
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  5. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Better run now proxygo, we're all on to your little tricks!
    :joke:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Agree with that though therr are also people with high post counts, high amount of thanks who also know what they are doing.

    I troll from time to time here and there but whenever someone i try my best to help them. :)

    These past 2 days 3 guys told me i inspired them regarding seo. So i believe not all things mentioned in op are exactly as told imho :)
     
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  7. PandaDomo

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    I like the increase in stars below my name when I increase my post count though...
     
  8. SirLoki

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    Is it maybe because of the forum ranks ?
    Nobody wants to be labelled "Newbie"
    Although I'm not sure it changes with post counts ?
     
  9. Zwielicht

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    Even though I didn't mention it in the original post, the rank and post count come together, so it's pretty much the same thing to me. To answer your question, the forum ranks (stars) and their associated titles do change with your post count. If you want to know when these ranks update, view this explanation posted by HoNeYBiRD in 2011.

     
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    and for for me and basstracker who have 8k - 8.5k each
    theres a new rank called fcking awesome
     
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    Excellent thread and advice OP.

    EDIT: I wouldn't have posted if i realized this thread was posted in the lounge :(


    Agreed. BTB is on another level

     
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    In my opinion posts,thanks, and reputation are pretty useless in judging people all around. Some of the biggest amounts of money I was scammed was from people with very high posts, rep, and thanks. Itrader however does hold some weight. There are guys with alot of thanks who are the real deal but there are others that are not. Also some with very little posts and thanks are probably making more than the guys with all the posts and thanks. They are too busy making money to be on here posting all the time.
     
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    i was ahead of bass for last 2 years, he sneaked past me about a month ago
    i slacked off a little posting in last 12 months with 2 passings in the family
    kinda lost my momentum for a bit. ill real him in after christmas....
     
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    Thanks for the mention OP but I am ashamed to admit that I have 6000 posts of pure shit and trolling, the last useful post I made was back in 2013 and that was more of an insult to a clown, (I did get loads of REP for it, so I was happy at the time but what good does that rep do me now?).

    So noobs, the moral of the story, it is better to have 100 posts of quality, than 6000 posts of rubbish.
    Post Count means nothing, it doesn't get you laid or improve your bank balance.
     
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    While I appreciate the mention, there are many more heavy posters than I who contribute a lot more.

    All my high post count means is that I spend waaay too much time here.

    But thakns for the kindness!
     
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    Yeah, but those 240 other ones were fantastic.
     
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    i duno ide slightly disagree its gets me 2000$ a year for my 3 sig slots
     
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    The only time I pay attention to post count is when a 2008 member has 17 post
    and they were all posted yesterday. Especially if they toss up an offer in the hire a freelancer
    section or want to buy a service.

    Sure I can't judge them and I won't, however if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, well son
    its probably a freaking duck! ;)
     
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    hence those types when they try to buy from me they all get same answer
    NO
     
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    Being new member on BHW i was not aware with few of the things but now everything is clear in my mind.

    Thanks Mate... Keep helping... Keep Posting...!!