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Hi,
I'm new to this forum, and was wondering whether it has this method which is ferquently apparent in other forums, where you can give rating to replies which you receive.
I mean it in the nices way of course: I've received some very good replies and were wondering whether rating them is the way to say thanx

(will be trying to give something back by answering other peoples questions as well...)

Thanks !
 
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The best way to say "thanks" is to say "thanks," and if possible, return the favor -- or help someone else -- just as in real life. You'd be surprised how few people bother to post a "thanks" message after they are helped.

JavaRanch doesn't, and won't, have a rating system: that's not what we're about.
 
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Most times a forum institutes a rating system it quickly degenerates into a popularity contest with people rating other peoples' (except friends) posts lowly deliberately in order to get their own posts seem better.
Often it's either quickly abandoned or after the initial outrage silently ignored by the regular visitors (except the troublemakers of course) giving the occasional visitors an incorrect impression of what's going on.

As Ernest mentions a simple thank you in reply does wonders!
 
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+1 on the "thank you". It's a small gesture but it feels great to know that you've managed to help someone.
 
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Originally posted by Lasse Koskela:
+1 on the "thank you". It's a small gesture but it feels great to know that you've managed to help someone.



Another +1!
 
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also also wik
 
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Well, I guess in some places, it's bad form to post a thank you:

Newsgroups: comp.lang.c++.moderated
Subject: Re: EOPL
X-Original-Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 01:09:29 GMT

{Gratitude for help is assumed so posts whose only content is thanks are
considered 'off topic' or 'nothing new'. -moderator}

Thank you Thant.
 
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Apparently yes, but I think that has a lot to do with the "bandwidth" of the communication bus. The "thanks" might take away valuable screen space from other messages. At JavaRanch, the traffic is not that huge -- except for book promotions in "Web Application Frameworks"
 
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