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RaBo
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 Posted: Sat Mar 24th, 2007 03:33 pm
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I've looked around & tried to figure out what the mana is, I looked under the help tab, but can't figure it out. I think it has something to do with 'connecting' some how to other members...? RaBo

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 Posted: Sat Mar 24th, 2007 09:15 pm
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RaBo - I set this thing up and I don't even know for sure what it is...I'm lookin' though.

 

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 Posted: Sun Mar 25th, 2007 12:17 am
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Would mana be the way they keep track of how many posts a member has made?

I'm on a different computer and I can't find the Horsemanship posts.  This is a Mac; could that be why?

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 Posted: Sun Mar 25th, 2007 06:36 am
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Hello, Everyone; welcome to the new bb.

This is what the wowbb.com/faq/ said about Mana, below.  It's cool, because I learn so much on this forum and really appreciate some of the wisdom from others.  This way I can "increase" their Mana.  I don't know whose idea it was, but I rather like it.

Kuuinoa


3.2. What is Mana?

WowBB uses an advanced iterative algorithm to determine the most respected users. A user "adds mana" to other users she respects, and the more mana she has, the more the increase in recipients' manas. A user can also change her mind, and remove mana from someone to whom she added mana before. However, the more members a member adds mana to, the less the effect of those mana additions.

For example, let's assume that your mana is 3 out of 4. If you want to add mana to someone then you basically add him/her 3 points divided by the number of members to whom you added mana before. If you added mana to one member before, the amount of mana you would add is 3/(1+1)=1.5 points. This is a dynamic process. Whenever someone adds or removes mana, the manas of all members are calculated from scratch.

Finally, mana takes the normal distribution rule into account, and it gets increasingly accurate as you get more members.


 

 

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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2007 12:17 am
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Hi

I am deeply suspicious of this "mana" idea on the forum. I can't quite put my finger on why , but feel that at best it could be distracting and at worst institute that old nasty, "levels" into the forum. something just doesn't sit right with me. Am I being too cautious

Cheers Sally

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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2007 03:00 am
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Hi Sally.

I hadn't thought of it that way; I was taking it in a positive light, but you could be right.  I was thinking of all the times I'd read something I learned from and really enjoyed it.  Well, anyway, that's what Mana stands for, however it is used.  Cheers.

Kuuinoa

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 Posted: Fri Mar 30th, 2007 05:14 pm
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Cool feature...thanks for looking it up.

Jeff

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 Posted: Sun Apr 1st, 2007 06:47 pm
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Folks -- I have asked Webmaster Jeff to disable the "mana" function from this software totally, and this has been done. The reason for this is that I do not consider it a good thing to rate or judge posts or either the people who write the posts. There can't possibly be a benefit to this; to me, it feels like a popularity contest -- like those horrible so-called "reality" TV shows where someone gets "kicked off the island." This is not an experience that I want anyone here to have to endure. -- Dr. Deb


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