Originally Posted by crazygutgut
ah dang, he turned off the count post in here, back down to 114.....
Good. Now there's no incentive for those who think the post count is significant to fill up threads with junk just to gather their little medals.
Originally Posted by Jon
I think, unlike many other boards, our post count here is a good overall/general/inexact-but-still-pretty-useful estimate of each member's ability to contribute solid hotrodding knowledge to a group discussion.
The post count doesn't indicate contributions. I've tried to avoid posting just noise. Most of mine have been questions. Even if you consider those as indirectly contributing by way of the responses (some of which have been excellent), I would still not be surprised to find as little as 10% of my posts have been actually useful to anyone but me.
You can look through any long thread in any of the technical forums and find lots of posts, by people with varying post counts, that contribute nothing technical. "Woo hoo!" and thumbup and "no no no" are not, strictly speaking, "solid hotrodding knowledge", even though there are times when such posts do contribute to the conversation by way of encouragement or discouragement of the one to which they were made in reply.
A very low post count can be viewed as an explanation of why someone has posted in the wrong place or manner. A very high post count does not necessarily mean someone is a god of hotrodding. A high post count could very well mean nothing more than the person spends too much time looking for excuses to post just to get that count.
The post count is a number which does not even represent the number of posts the person has made. Not counting those in the Lounge could very well be a disincentive to post noise in there by those who seek to increase their count. Conversely, counting the posts in the technical forums can encourage "post whores" to scatter clutter in those.
The post count is not very significant at all, in my opinion. Even if it were used to count only posts in certain areas and posts with a certain number of words or characters, it would still not reflect the quality of the posts counted. The content of each individual post is what matters. Over time, regulars will get a feel for who knows what and how much weight to give their words in various areas, regardless of post count, age or political opinions.