Have got to go!That’s what is making these boards
so competitive.It’s so silly …plz get rid of them.
If someone does not smile it seems to send a strong message.
Also, how can you get smiles and not even participate?
HSN..plz rethink your strategy!Plz….stop them all together.
The ‘smiles’ feel very high school, junvenile to me. The popular pack gets the smiles and the post-ers who don’t have a strong following don’t get any smiles, even though they might deserve them. Also, it feels like the significance of a comment is based on the number of smiles the comment receives. A post that has a lot of smiles isn’t necessarily a valid or notable post. To me, it smacks of incompetency in power. A lot of silly high school girls get ‘elected’ for things based on their popularity, not their ability.
Agreed. The smile board really is worthless. It has become a smile war. I actually prefer to smile by telling someone I have read their post, OR to keep track of where I left off reading. It may or may not mean that I agree with the poster. It may or may not mean that we are friends.
Yes it is high schoolish and HSN should remove all the smile boards. And the most ridiculous smile board is on the Customer Service Need Help thread. Most of those smiles are where posters made complaints!! Including me.
HSN we do want to keep it fun here and I do have fun but not where it creates groups and groups create animosity. Watch how the smile board grows now with 1 particular group now that they have 3 threads.
HSN you can pull my post but you know this is true and it should not be catered to. HSN is creating these problems. Quit treating us like children. Most of us want to act like grown ups and just enjoy ourselves here.
I agree on getting rid of the smiles. It has caused nothing but hard feelings & useless competition. Earning these so called ranks has done nothing . People want them so bad they do anything to get smiles to raise their ranks and for what? It is not as if having a rank gets you any status like a discount with HSN, it doesn’t prove a poster has more knowledge on product or being more helpful on the boards to obtain a rank so now when I see someone has a Maven status or such it means nothing. When I first came to the forums I thought it meant the person had a high rank from earning it by providing knowledge, being helpful to others, having knowledge on product lines etc. & I thought this came from years of being on the forums & then the past year I saw how it really was & I see no point in it. I am not being disrespectful just giving my opinion as I see it.
I think the only way to get rid of the ‘smiles’ is to just not use that function. Although, I think we are in the minority. I think most of the people on this forum love that feature and will continue to use it.
I give out smilies here,just like I do at the Q board.To the posts that are helpful,informative,very kind on a day when I feel bad.I also give them out if I am wanting to keep track of whether a fellow poster gets a certain item that they really want .THat makes me happy when items are offered that excite us.
If I have given 1 out to someone that dislikes it,please forgive me.My intentions were good.:smileyhappy:..I have also given out 1 or 2 to HSN Managers when I have a question or problem and that manager helps me.
But I have noticed that some who signed up recently,do not post much,have lots of smilies.That part,I do not understand.:smileysurprised:
I know each of us feel differently,so I hope noone is offended by my opinion.
Monday, Oct 5-2015… I don’t mind the ‘smiles’ per se. What I DO mind is the ‘Top Smiled Authors’ ranking as well as the ‘Ranking of Members’… and for a couple of reasons. The obvious first one is the competitive nature of having such rankings to begin with.
The second is this– practically NONE of the members in the Forums are actual ‘Authors’… ‘Top Smiled’ or not. In other words, nothing is being written of any real value… it’s all chit-chat that’s being exceedingly smiled upon… especially in the JPA and 52 threads. They’re both in the Arcade Forum, thus, CAN be smiled upon, but, why is that? From what I see, about 95% of the content is chit-chat and 5% actually about Arcade games. When ‘goodnight, be well, and what not‘ get 10 smiles each, I have to wonder what’s actually going on here. To me, these kinds of Threads should be in the ‘Talk Among Yourselves’ (TAY) Forum.
But, as I said, I don’t mind the ‘smiles’ per se… and I say that because everyone likes to be acknowledged that someone, anyone, has read their posts… even me, *lol*.
However, the ‘Counting of Smiles’ and the ‘Ranking of Members’ by HSN should absolutely stop; for competition is not conducive to cooperation… never has been, never will be.
Keep Smiling it looks good on you ,In the mean time I will try Not to ask so many Questions, 😉
I’ve been waiting for someone else to address this issue, but since no one has, guess I will.
The reason why a non-participating poster was able to maintain rank on the Top Smiled Authors leader board was because she has minions smiling upon months-old posts. To see what has been going on, go to Arcades "Club 52," especially from Part 33 to Part 58, clicking on "who smiled" at a post. Although many discussions closed out months ago, "smiles" were given within them shortly after her departure. Select a post, then next to the smile icon, click on "(number of) people have smiled," and you may…or may not…be surprised who gave that post a smile many weeks or months after the original post was made. It will give you the exact date a smile was given, or say something like "3 weeks ago." Compare it to the date of the original post.
My favorites were those included in a conversation string, where the current non-participating poster, likely needing to take a break, typing "be right back" before rejoining the discussion in a short while, to have that post smiled upon months later. BRB + 9 Months = Smiles. The result: Additions were made to the smile leader board.
Coincidentally, some lamented many were jealous of that poster’s likability, and therefore were trying to out-do her on the smile leader board. The term "high school" was intoned, but it seems to me high school in this context was given a bad name.
Fortunately, it looks like within the last few days the PTB at HSN caught on and whittled down everyone’s smiled-upon numbers. Now other posters are among the top recipients of smiles. Still, it must be sad for those who committed late-night hours to clicking on smiles on old posts for weeks on end.
The Q Blogs and Forum Board recently adopted a similar program as HSN’s to manage its forum, and very shortly after got rid of its "hearts" leader board. Members can still bestow hearts — the equivalent here of smiles — on individual posts to express support or thumbs-up, but they translate to short-term feedback. It seems to be working at the Q, and, as several contributors to this thread stated, it should be implemented here.
Thank you, heyBooBoo575. The emperor really isn’t wearing any clothes, and you have written an honest post — illuminating and disappointing, but honest. I’m all for getting rid of that "Smiles" counter. It has caused a lot of problems. Some people have been all-consumed by the "competition" and apparently have used the same "strategy" that they accused another of using, ridiculing and harassing and riding that poster out of town on a rail. Let’s just say oops, you’re busted. Meanwhile, I happen to love the JPA thread. It’s funny and kind, and who is to say what has VALUE TO OTHERS? I personally find FUNNY and KIND quite valuable, and I will continue to bestow smiles on such. And here’s one for all the kind people on this thread. 🙂
Time for this thread to be deleted mods! What happened to the guideline "do not attack other members"????
Why delete my thread…I’m not attacking anyone?
I think we can both agree that HSN implemented smiles
with good intentions.Unfortunately,on many occasions
they are not being used in the way they were meant to be.
OH, PA-LEEEESE! Everyone loves the smiles and they know it! I think eveyone is just trying to mitigate their guilt of loving it so much by challenging the ‘smiles’ system. HA! HA! :smileylol:
I CERTAINLY find this THREAD to be EXTREMELY Informative in the following MANNER:
(1) It CLARIFIES the inner workings of HSN’s Forum "Smiling" feature Using ACTUAL example – (a) HOW SMILES are TIME LOGGED, (b) Who Put "SMILES" on which post and (c) How "SMILES" are added.
(2) It shows HOW it can be MISUSED and MISUNDERSTOOD.
(3) It Clears UP any Mis-Statement and/or Conclusion Made.
Just a SUGGESTION to HSN if it does not intend to remove the Forum’s "smiles" feature :
– CHANGE the "TOP Smiled authors" designation to "Most read Posters", as the replacement title Draws No conclusion one Way or Another since MANY definitions of "smiles" have already surfaced.
In conclusion, THERE IS NO REASON to REMOVE this thread or PULL any POST as the THREAD is EXTREMELY helpful to any READER who WANTS to get a better understanding of the Forum’s "Smiling" feature.
Thanks again heyBooBoo575 for sharing your knowledge here.
Posted in Talk Among Yourselves
10.27.15 1:10 PM