Counting Facebook likes as points on Sharenator [UPDATED]

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Update:
As WRAPPEDinBACON pointed out, we're already adding Facebook likes to posts (post only, they do not count towards your total points).

We still haven't decided if we should add these point's to user's total point count. Post your opinion.

Here's a list of top posts since the update to give an idea of how it would affect the rankings:
http://www.sharenator.com/all/alltime/
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Original message:

We've been discussing a possibility of counting Facebook likes as points on Sharenator. Sharenator points and FB likes would be summed up - for example, if a post has 100 points on Sharenator and 50 likes on Facebook, 50 points would be added to the post, which would make it 150 points total.

Good posts would get more points than ever before. In some occasions we would see posts with hundreds or thousands of points. Here are some of the most liked posts I could find:

Best XXX Ever - 4,233 likes
Yahoo Answers at their best - 2,059 likes
All the world loved Swastika before WWII - 1,594 likes
World's strangest looking animals - 810 likes
FFFFFUUUUUUUUU - 722 likes
Edit: Note these are the TOP posts, other posts get on average 2 likes per post. Also, a large like count doesn't happen overnight. I'll post a longer list of top posts once I come back home.

Thoughts?

  • Paul
  • April 16, 2011, 7:08 am
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  • 12

    That's a LOT of people. And they're all perverts xD

    • Disco
    • April 16, 2011, 7:22 am
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  • 6

    I dunno, I like the overall concept, but I can't help but feel that it could lead to potential abuses.

    Perhaps if there was some sort of limitation to it. Examples:

    1) Only a percentage of the total likes would be translated into points.

    2) A post would have to pass a certain milestone on sharenator before earning any points from facebook (a post that only got 10 points wouldn't get any from facebook even if it got 10,000 likes).

    3) Like #2, but the milestone is on facebook (a post wouldn't get points from facebook untill it got past a certain number of likes, regardless of how many points it already has on sharenator).

    4) Any combination of 1,2 or 3.

    Just something to keep it from changing the overall economy of the site. I know points aren't everthing, but I know that if something has only been posted a couple hours ago and already has a hundred points, it's definitely worth checking out.

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  • 5

    I'll be honest I'm against it because it'd be really annoying from posts going from hundreds to thousands. Maybe instead of counting them as sharenator points you guys could just make it so it shows how many likes the post gets of fb along with having the sharenator points, n just make it more for prestiege then for points going towards a person. Just my thougts.

    Props for such a great idea.
    - thekitkatkid April 16, 2011, 5:06 pm
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  • 4

    I think that's a brilliant idea, it would make the points of a post ridiculously high in some cases, but what about if they 'dislike' the post? There is only 'like' on Facebook.

    And what happens if someone gets all their mates to 'like' a post for more points?

    It'd be kind of a drastic change, but it will certainly make the community grow even larger. I'm really tired of seeing all the new people who join only posting a simple question without any actual content.
    - Disco April 16, 2011, 7:47 am
    Very true, I want this new idea, it's just going to have it's faults.
    - Upsidedownie April 16, 2011, 8:40 am
    true, but what about the people who make multiple accounts alone?
    - iGreenDay April 16, 2011, 11:31 am
    Honestly, we don't see how it would actually make the community larger. If Likes are counted as Points, it's the same amount of people who liked the post (According to facebook) But didn't make accounts to comment on it anyway. All it's doing as far as we can tell is adding more points.
    - Dawn April 17, 2011, 4:50 am
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  • 4

    [offtopic] I would also like to ask for an addition to the report feature. Not every mod knows why some things are reported, so it would be a great benefit to allow people to tell the mods WHY they are reporting something rather than trying to scour through the thread looking for any comments about the post they reported.

    • Disco
    • April 16, 2011, 7:54 am
    agreed,
    while not completely necessary, it would be helpful
    - drakengard85 April 16, 2011, 8:00 am
    that and make it so we don't have to go to the actual page to delete them. It's fine when there's only one or two posts but when there are like thirty at a time it becomes more time consuming and a nuisance especially when its an obvious spammer.
    - 24paperwings April 16, 2011, 9:34 am
    That would also get rid of accidental reporting.
    - thekitkatkid April 16, 2011, 9:48 am
    Damn, you beat me to my idea ;) but THANKYOU!
    Especially when there's tons of things being reported at once. There was like 15 reports yesterday with a guy leaving spam comments, and it took FOREVER to delete them...
    Thanks for the help with that by the way, dude.
    - SuDoku April 16, 2011, 1:36 pm
    lol yup and thank you very much for the idea ;)
    - 24paperwings April 16, 2011, 3:20 pm
    I'll share.. This once :P
    - SuDoku April 16, 2011, 3:21 pm
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  • 3

    i think that there should just be more points that you can give people on here. mainly cause facebook doesn't a system that stops someone from lieking everything they see. well it would eventully cause people to uprate them selfs a lot and none can do anything about it

    I think there should be a system on here that doesn't let people comment or reply that have an IQ lower than 40
    - MalverdeAl100 April 16, 2011, 9:34 am
    there should cause then i wont have to deal with you
    - castlewarsisawsome April 16, 2011, 9:38 am
    I dont know who to root for. The person who can't spell (I know the reason lol so don't tell me) or the person who has multiple personalities...
    - buddyfoeva April 16, 2011, 9:47 am
    Actually, we can stop that. We can't stop people from going on like-everything spree, but we can track down abusers (facebook lets developers track likes in real time) by their IP addresses and simply remove their likes from total point count. Also, there's a social factor on Facebook - you can't go on liking everything, that would make you a very annoying friend on Facebook. Of course, someone can create a bunch of fake accounts on Facebook, but that wouldn't work because we would still be able to limit votes on per-IP basis.
    - Paul April 16, 2011, 9:47 am
    Who has multiple personalities?
    - MalverdeAl100 April 16, 2011, 9:54 am
    Also who would go through all the trouble for some points on a website?
    - MalverdeAl100 April 16, 2011, 9:56 am
    there are those people out there the lowest sharenator was one that acctully did that
    - castlewarsisawsome April 16, 2011, 10:07 am
    And who is the lowest is it JoshFFuller or who?
    - MalverdeAl100 April 16, 2011, 10:09 am
    idk i'll go check and give you a link to his account
    - castlewarsisawsome April 16, 2011, 10:13 am
    i gave up it was going to take forever
    - castlewarsisawsome April 16, 2011, 10:48 am
    you lol one day your a dick the next cool as fuck next day chill hah
    - buddyfoeva April 16, 2011, 11:22 am
    Haha, hadn't noticed that i'm just being me self.
    - MalverdeAl100 April 16, 2011, 5:00 pm
    it is JoshFFuller remember he used to make accounts to uprate himself and had one account abusing himself and we all found out so we downrated him.

    Most Historical troll on this site.
    - PwnzElite May 17, 2011, 5:37 pm
    There are algorithms and bots that are designed to detect that stuff now.
    - WRAPPEDinBACON May 17, 2011, 5:38 pm
    yea, but that was way back when the site just started.
    - PwnzElite May 17, 2011, 5:39 pm
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  • 3

    We should definitely count likes as points ;)

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  • 2

    wow, I had no idea that post were getting that many "likes" on facebook.
    Over 4,000 likes for a post?! That's more likes than the entire site has!

    But I do kinda agree with BobTheJanitor, it could lead to a drastic change in the economy of the site of one post suddenly jumps from say, 85 points to 4,085.
    Add some sort of "milestones" like Bob was talking about to try and even it out.

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  • 2

    brilliant - counting facebook likes as points on sharenator [updated]

    • Ertrov
    • April 16, 2011, 9:13 am
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  • 2

    This seems like it could work. For the sake of not self commercializing I guess you guys should make it so that we can't like our own posts. I don't really know how to stop that so I have no idea how that would happen. Maybe we could connect our facebook profile to our sharenator profile & that would also help people contact us easier or find us faster if they wanna add us on facebook.

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  • 2

    Pharmon would be past u in rank if u did that. lol.

    True, he would instantly get to the top 10.
    - Paul April 28, 2011, 12:34 am
    New Sharelord: Pharmon
    - mariofox03 April 28, 2011, 5:56 pm
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  • 1

    i think the facebook point idea isnt that smart. than everyone on sharenator will just sharing their posts with facebook. the site would grow exponentially along with peoples point values skyrocketing. one post could get you from rank 100 to under 25. i think the concept is cool but when it comes down to the actual effects of it the site would change a lot

    actually idk about ^^ my earlier comment. this is an interesting concept. but than people would be able to uprate a picture twice. the idea is definitely do-able. but as people above have said, the point value you get from a like has to be balanced. and the whole idea regulated properly or things might get outta hand
    - bufus101 April 16, 2011, 5:54 pm
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  • 1

    I don't really like the idea, people will get all their friends to like a post for points. It can just be abused easily, I like the point system how it is.

    but for debates sake, is one point per like that much?
    - WRAPPEDinBACON May 17, 2011, 2:24 pm
    You can ask your friends to join sharenator and vote for something. It's the same. Facebook is even better in this kind of thing because if someone likes something his all friends sees it.
    - Darius May 17, 2011, 2:24 pm
    Yes but as you know, people are lazy and probably won't join. They see it and disregard it. I know I do for my friends things :P
    - DarkHunter May 17, 2011, 2:25 pm
    And its good that it brings people to the site correct?
    - WRAPPEDinBACON May 17, 2011, 2:26 pm
    Sure, we all create/upload content because we want it to be seen
    - Darius May 17, 2011, 2:30 pm
    Will people really go through all that trouble to get a few points?
    - Paul May 17, 2011, 2:32 pm
    Of course they will paul. You get people like mariofox going on posts with lots of points and advertising his own post there. LOTS of point whores on this site.
    - DarkHunter May 17, 2011, 2:39 pm
    One problem I have with this idea is that, unless friends "abuse" the likes, I don't see this guaranteeing an increase in traffic to the site.
    - drakengard85 May 17, 2011, 3:23 pm
    What if instead of points, there is a seperate category for the number of likes? It doesnt count towards points, think of it as a little badge or area on the persons profile that lists how many people liked his post?
    - WRAPPEDinBACON May 17, 2011, 3:28 pm
    Sounds interesting.
    - Paul May 17, 2011, 3:31 pm
    and what about having a little section and awarding "badges, medals or trophies" to members for things like 500k viewers to all posts, or have a post that makes over 500 points, or member of the month?
    - WRAPPEDinBACON May 17, 2011, 3:32 pm
    That would be fun. I'll post Sharenator v2 thread to discuss ideas later this week. We can add this to the list.
    - Paul May 17, 2011, 3:37 pm
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  • 1

    I don't like the idea of counting facebook likes to total points, it just feels cheap to me...

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  • 1

    I like the separate point category idea better. Also, the medals & awards idea WrappedinBacon was talking about.

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  • 1

    I leik kitkatkid's opinion. Cause Pharmon would be a Sharelord if you allowed the facebook leiks to go on the total points list.

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