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The new format on a members page gives a bare hint of Best Answers.

There are some of us who enjoy helping others and keep bragging score in exchange.

That germinated a thought at least one considered worthy of the forum.

Why not make it a soft-switch the user can activate by them for their page ?
Like that age thing we lie about.....


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canucksgirl (author)2012-06-27

Well there is the small icon (the one with the question mark in the circle with a check mark overlapping it) that gives the percentage of best answers... but it doesn't tell someone how many best answers a member has.

In my opinion, they should just post a specific number of best answers and forget about the percentages. I never thought that a percentage was significant because there are MANY people that simply choose not to select best answers; and technically you become "penalized" in that percentage for every person (for whatever reason) that neglects to mark their questions as "answered".

iceng (author)canucksgirl2012-06-27

Tried your question mark, it turned blue, then again it logged me out !
No hint of %...
The % was not so accurate before.  There was time I was sure a friend
was at 700 and sent a congratulation where he promptly informed me
he was 760 ! !
We get to hide our age or reveal it, Best Answer could be the same.


canucksgirl (author)iceng2012-06-27

It turned blue and logged you out? ~ o_0 ~ I was talking about the circled portion on my page (shown in the screenshot below). Is that what turned blue? or are you looking at something else?

I would agree that this percentage isn't an accurate way to assess the precise number of best answers that a person has (but it is a hint of the percentage... mine shows 20%). ;-)

As far as revealing the number of best answer's, I don't have a problem with that being optional (but I'd also be surprised if people chose to "hide" it, but I guess everyone has a different point of view). Also, when you go to anyone's page and click on the "Questions" link (on the new left hand menu options), you can see the questions that a person was awarded best answer, so in theory, anyone could page through and add them up (so I don't see the point of hiding the number).

The whole thing (imo) is a little weird. They should just show the specific number (optional or not), and ditch the percentage (since that doesn't mean much anyways).

iceng (author)canucksgirl2012-06-27

I see it now, they should not let me post. I'm embarrassed.
This was where I went wrong.  .  .  .  .  A

canucksgirl (author)iceng2012-06-27

Don't feel embarrassed. The changes take time to adjust to, and quite frankly, I didn't think the whole "circle with a question mark covered with a checkmark" should be the "universal" symbol for best answers... I had to think on that one before I noticed the "best answer" text appear when I hovered my mouse on it. ;-)

BTW, you could modify your topic (you and I would probably be the only ones that would know). ;-)

kelseymh (author)canucksgirl2012-06-27

Oddly enough, some time in the past ten minutes that changed. It now says "Best Answers %" in words, without the silly symbol.

canucksgirl (author)kelseymh2012-06-27

I think big brother is watching... I could've sworn that the rollover text wasn't there at all (until today), and was going to suggest that they add it, and then all of a sudden I saw it was there...


Kiteman (author)canucksgirl2012-06-28

Maybe it was the power of your mind...

Quick, think of suggesting something else!

canucksgirl (author)Kiteman2012-06-28

LOL... Oh wouldn't that be nice. ;-)

Although I just came up with a couple ambitious "suggestions", so we'll see...

iceng (author)kelseymh2012-06-27

Strains of the closing music from Dr. Strangelove are wafting through my gray cells........

iceng (author)canucksgirl2012-06-27


canucksgirl (author)iceng2012-06-27

what to do when you're lost...