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Old 04-06-2009, 01:04 PM   #21
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First let me say thiat I think it is extremely generous of you to have come up with this idea. Also it says something about the generousity of Justin and the WI staff that they are willing to consider this. That being said...I completely agree with nemo. It is a slippery slope from sharing the wealth to being taken advantage of by those who will try to do that no matter what circumstances they are in.

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Run! Run! Here comes the voice of dissent!

I'm sorry, but I heard this idea and immediately thought "Avoid it like the plague!" I'm sure it sounds like a good idea to most people, just like the whole eStore points thing sounded like a good idea to Ganz, but think of what you're opening the door to!

We've already seen a couple of posts where the line of thinking seems to be "Yeah! Free stuff for me!" and I'm afraid that's going to be a prevailing opinion among members. Everybody who can't afford eStore items, or who's parents won't let them buy from the eStore, or who don't have a credit card or who just don't want to spend the money will come here looking for handouts. No matter how well you regulate and moderate the process people will see some members trading eStore points with other members and the next thing you've got are a dozen posts that are a variant on "I am an orphan and can't afford to buy from the eStore! Boo hoo hoo. Won't somebody give me some points? "

And even if you make it very clear that you have to contribute to the process in some way in order to be able to profit from it we are still going to see posts from people who think the very existence of a program of this sort is unfair to those who can't participate. And we will see those posts forever. Forever and ever! I mean, how long has the eStore been open? And we still get "Who thinks the eStore is unfair?" posts a couple of times a week, it seems. I just can't face that all over again! I'm too old for it!

I appreciate the good intentions behind this post, it was a great idea about a way to put left over points to good use and it's always nice to think about other people, but we all know who uses 'good intentions' as paving stones to his front door and I think that in the long run this will cause more hassle then it's probably worth!

And this rant has been brought to you by my two cents worth!
Nicely stated!
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It sounds like a really good idea, but I don't think the Estore is user-friendly enough to do it. I use the estore a lot so I really checked it out when the new stuff was put in. You can only transfer points between gift accounts that you create within your account. So I can't link to an already created account to give it points. I can only create new ones to give points to. And these accounts I create can only get points from me.
Oh.... that does limit this a lot!
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I think this is a cool idea; it would need some work of course but I think the Staff will have a good look at the possibilities. as another suggestion, I would even like the option of donating those extra points to WI to help fund contests or give away. Just a thought .
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View Post Originally Posted by MissGnomie
I think this is a cool idea; it would need some work of course but I think the Staff will have a good look at the possibilities. as another suggestion, I would even like the option of donating those extra points to WI to help fund contests or give away. Just a thought .
I really like this idea! If it were a contest or give away, everyone would have a fair shot and perhaps that would limit the hard feelings.
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This is SUCH a great idea! REP! I think they would have to do that for other sites too, though.
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