It just encourages people who don't genuinely care to comment so they can boost their score. Which means points takes precedence over actually helping people.
Should GAG remove the first comment bonus?
What Girls Said 4
They can do whatever they want0
Yeah, I think they should.0
No. A lot of people don't want to answer questions because it's too long. So the bonus motivates them0
What Guys Said 9
I voted no. I think it helps encourage people to answer unanswered questions which is a good thing. Maybe the extra Xper could only apply to posts that weren't answered within one hour of them being asked? Then there wouldn't be idiots racing their answers to get that extra point.
I do think that there should be some kind of way of rewarding good opinions as opposed to the crap ones. Maybe every 3 up votes gives an extra point and mhos are fifteen Xper? Or how about the asker can reward good opinions by clicking a button and that poster gets extra Xper.
I'm annoyed by posters who just give crap one line opinions without trying. Obviously we all do it occasionally but some do it constantly and get twice as many Xper as someone who posts rarely but very well.0
I think the point is more to get people to answer every question, so you get at least one guy and one girl. I understand you and think you are right, I have seen lots fo users who do this and it is super annoying, but I also like the goal... not sure if there is a better alternative.0
I honestly didn't even know there were points or first comment bonuses and such. Shows how much I pay attention. I'm just here because I like it; seems like a good community and the topics never fail to peak my attention.
But should they remove the bonus; doesn't really bother me either way. I see the point in providing incentive for people to respond sooner but I think if you ask something your going to get an answer regardless. With that being said I voted yes to remove it. Seems like all the kids who post "First" in the YouTube comments or in a forum thread; no reason they just want to be first and have their name up there.0
Why have Xper points at all? The only reasonable measure of ability seems to be MHO. I don't care if I'm Guru, Master, Xper 1 with 10 points. I'm only here to give the best help I can.0
I wouldn't lose any sleep if it was removed.0
Hey that's me lol0
That or at least modify it, often I'm the second to comment on a question and will have been beaten by only a couple seconds. Yet my answer will be detailed and have involved some consideration/thought and the winner (first answer) will be some crass comment or a poorly worded fragment of a sentence. Which indicates that I would have likely started answering first and that had I been just as lazy would have been the first answer. I think the question asker should be able to check which answers where helpful and not helpful (as well as having MHO) and that way it could be the first helpful answer that gets it.
You could have a minimum word limit to get first answer but then people would just submit garbage paragraphs, so I doubt that would fix it.0
they need to add other bonuses and probibly increase the mho reward more0
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