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Are points calculated correctly?

It seems that either the point calculation is off (for some users?) or the point information is not displayed correctly in 'Your Reward Points'. For example, in one user's profile (the name can be disclosed, if requested by a moderator) I see the following information:

Date range: 08/18/2007 - 9/17/2007

Points of date range: 872

But in the details only the following points are displayed:

Forum points - 104 in total (only one page)

Additional points - 20.

Nothing in the Blog, Article or Code contributions.

This is only 124 points. So where are the other 872 - 124 = 748 points are coming from? Is the point system rigged or is some information about how the points have been earned hidden?

Just wondering...

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  • Posted on Sep 17, 2007 at 04:54 PM

    Hi Jelena,

    Most likely, the person in question has a lot of reference points with the flag checked in the profile not to disclosure her/his rewards.

    I HATE THE REFERENCE SYSTEM because it allows to get cheap points with a minor cheating. Several hundreds (I rememeber SEVEN THOUSAND!) points just in one click!


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    • Former Member Former Member

      > So what should I do(nice things). Should I start

      > buying ice-creams for all the mentors??

      I don't like Ice-creams too no thanks -:)

      What I mean with "nice things", it's write some interesting Junior Blogs or Blogs, participate actively in the forums, submit interesting suggestions or comments...and everything does needs to be done on SDN -;)

      Of course....we can't be everywhere...If you have done "nice things", sooner or later your going to get points... -;)



  • Posted on Sep 17, 2007 at 04:54 PM

    Hi Jelena,

    for performance reasons, we only display 20 points items per category (see also description on the page: Maximum number of point items per category:20). This page is one of the most prominent on SDN, and the items used to pile up in our servers' memory, so we had to limit the display.

    But you will see all your points when you limit the date range accordingly. OK, this is not true if you have more than 20 points assignments per day and category 😉


    Michael Goeck

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    • Michael,

      Thanks for clarifying this. I did see the note "Maximum number of point items per category" but, honestly, did not quite understand what it meant. Maybe it should read "Maximum number of <b>displayed</b> items per category" instead? Or maybe there should be an additional link to 'More details' or something, so that the users could see additional entries on request?

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