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Discussion in 'Forum and Website' started by 427Cobra, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. 427Cobra

    427Cobra There is no substitute for cubic inches

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    Hello!
    The rule to pay coins for download a document in a thread looks bad to me.
    TS uploaded pdf files as attachments to his question which I downloaded to be able to answer, and now I realise that I had to pay coins for the download needed to answer. To me the aim of a forum is to inform and help each other but this rule will not support that intention...
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    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    As far as I am aware the download aspect of the automated coin system is generic for file formats other than for images. I don't know if @RaceRay could or even would extend exemption to things like PDF.

    But what members can do is encourage others to post information as images rather than other file formats, as images won't incur a virtual coin cost, particularly in circumstances where the person posting the file is seeking help from others.
  4. RaceRay

    RaceRay Administrator Staff Member SimAxe Beta Tester

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    The system can not differentiate what content is downloaded so it will deduct a small number of virtual coins whenever you download an attachment. All in all this small deduction will not limit any of your possibilities and freedoms here, so I don't really see an issue. Even with a negative amount of coins you would be able to download all these attachments.

    > which I downloaded to be able to answer,

    Thanks for your engagement and for helping other users here:cheers
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    That's a +1 from me.
    A user uploaded 3 log files so I can help him - this means I have to invest 30 coins, which I would prefer to use to download plugins.
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    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    As a work around request that members give you things like logs as pictures, as that does not count in the coin system.
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    Sorry, but that's not practical. The logs have 5000+ lines each.
    My suggestion would be to let the uploader diside if he wants to get coins for each download of his attachment. If he choose no, the downloader does not have to use his coins for a download.
    The option should be opt-in, so experienced users can make use of this, but new users don't get confused.

    From a psychological point of view the coins system is a reward system. If you take away some of this reward because the user tries to help another user you create a negative feedback and the next time you think twice before trying to help another user. This creates a barrier and is not optimal in my eyes.
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    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Or just use something designed for complex files, like GitHub, and post a link, as that is an edge case example that while it does happen, is not so common place that it is questionable if it really justifies complicating a simple incentive system.
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  9. RaceRay

    RaceRay Administrator Staff Member SimAxe Beta Tester

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    The GitHub or gist approach is a neat idea and could be a viable solution: https://gist.github.com/

    Besides that I am sorry but I can not simply update the coins system to differentiate between plugins and attachments. I wish I could but there are some technical limitations.
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