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Rep-A-Palooza: Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by netmoney1, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    I have seen a lot of threads over the past few months about people getting ripped off or unhappy because a member who was "blue" or had "X" rep scammed them, etc.

    Rep on a forum doesn't mean sh#t. Sure, it can be a good snapshot, but take it for what it is worth. Does your bank let you deposit rep? Does your mortgage company accept payments in the form of BHW rep?

    Also, there is a lot of automatically assuming someone is clueless based on post count. As we have seen recently it is quite possible to accumulate 1,000 posts in a month - all that means is that person was in front of the computer a lot - it has nothing to do with real world business experience.

    Let me get back on track - I just had a conversation with an affiliate who does $100,000+ monthly net. Not revenue, but net. After all the expenses. His revenue is probably closer to $250,000 monthly although I didn't ask as it wasn't any of my business. Guess what - he is a member of BHW and has been for a couple of years. Guess what his post count is? It is under 100. Guess what his rep is? Right at 10 where is started.

    So, I leave you with this...

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  2. sn0rt

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    Excellent point netmoney1. Funny you mention the 1k posts in a month as it's been a little windy around here lately.

    Members need to remember that when they're making business transactions that it is still a business transaction irrelevant of any other facts.

    There still needs to be precautions taken and everyone needs to cover their ass. You may give members the benefit of the doubt, but it's simply just that. Trust is acquired only through your own 1on1 experience with the person/member, nothing more--nothing less.
     
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  4. ash1ey

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    I ask myself, if rep didn't exist on the forums would people be smarter about there decisions?
     
  5. netmoney1

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    It's a good system and it rewards people, but the meaning of this post was that people shouldn't assume someone is successful based just on one silly metric such as rep on a forum. The point was that the individual I spoke with frequents BHW (and has for 2 years) but has a low post count and a rep of 10 - yet nets over a million dollars a year pushing affiliate products.
     
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    @netmoneyone You have a point there, the real players of the game want to stay low and go unnoticed. They don't need the attention or the need to brag about how much they make. My dad has a friend who is in the real estate business and you would never think that he had so much money. He is humble and just acts that way. He is retired now but he is about to make a sale of 130K on one of the houses he bought a while back. He never brags about it though and he still drives a 1990 pickup truck. Never judge anyone here on BHW by what you see because you have not had the chance of meeting them in real life.
     
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  7. Elbert

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    I think it would be the opposite. I think people see rep as something that is valuable. I think they make better decisions because of rep.
     
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    rep, thanks, post count, account age... to hell with it. I found some of the most repped members to be clueless noobs after talking with them privately. Fluff appears expert knowledge if it comes from 'well rep-utaded' account. I really feal ashamed for this forum when i see how new members are treated sometimes.
     
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  9. Black.Star

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    Especially if you consider that some of the members use their reputation (not just the rep points) to scam people.
    If you wanna do business the only thing kind of "valuable" is itrader. But even that is not a guarantee for anything.
     
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