Originally Posted by eburgess
I don't understand the whole points system. Why did they start it anyway. What's the point, to decorate our username?? I have read the thread but I still don't understand. Why do I want to earn points in the first place? What is wrong with just reading and posting like we have always done.
It's meant to add to the overall user experience and make things more fun. Some people actually enjoy building up on a pretty username adorned with ribbons and gifts. It's perfectly ok if you don't, of course. You can still go on and post as usual - no harm done
Eventually, we hope to see the points become a sort of board currency, where people will gain points in various ways, such as posting, contests, donations, and use them to award people who help them with answers, make signatures for them etc. I am looking into ways of creating some tangible benefits for points too, such as discount coupons for buying cat products, but I want to get a stable system running first.