^ if you click on above link, you'd find that the no. 1 user have just 16.64 MHO% But nowadays an average user has around 12-15 MHO% while insanely helpful people have 20+ and they are so many. Furthermore, all of these users have now 20+ too
So, does the system changed? Why was it so hard back then?
It was called "best answer" then. 10 points was given to the person who received it. The person who chose it, got no xper points for doing so. Best answer did not have to be chosen, giving them was optional (a lot of people did not pick a best answer for their questions). They felt no need to (so best answers, we're a rarity)- you felt even more honored when getting them because people hardly ever used that system. Best answer could also be changed. (You could choose someone, then moments later you could change it to someone else). So, receiving a best answer didn't mean you'd keep it. ------
The new system is better because it enables users to pick a best answer. It sends a message prompt when not chosen. Both users benefit from best answer which makes people more likely to choose one for their questions.
I think the MHO system was new, people didn't really understand its purpose, they didn't see the point and MHO's weren't randomly assigned after a certain time. I would say about 88% of questions didn't assign MHO's and the answer you chose could be changed at any time and given to someone else. It was tricky to get MHO's back then and it was quite a nice, rare reward to get one, haha!
Choosing an MHO is encouraged/promoted now with messages from GaG, big writing on answers "MOST HELPFUL" etc whereas it wasn't before. The new system does make it easier to get them now I think. Plus, those with 50-60% have usually answered few questions so obviously, the percentage will shoot up.
It used to be called Best Answer, and back then if you chose a best answer and then you decided you didn't want them to have Best Answer, then you can change it to another person to have best answer of that question. Thats the only thing I've noticed.
welll, you weren't forced to give a best answer before, which i always thought was a problem. You really should give a best answer if more than one person posted... or it makes the best answer system kinda pointless. You also never got points for giving best answer, and i think you get points for it now
All they do is buggy you to select a most helpful. People with high scores are just people that try to form friendships with other users, they don't have to say anything useful. Same old same old. I'd argue the higher the percentage they have, the less helpful they actually are.