A 'reputation' system is important for any social media site, and I strongly believe that the new concept is a significant upgrade to what we were doing with MaplePoints. As the new site is only about a week old, it's safe to say that we are still in 'learning' mode, but from what we've seen so far, it does appear to be working as we hoped. That said, it can always be tweaked to make it better going forward -- as can anything else on the site for that matter. For example, OptimusPrime had some interesting ideas about other metrics that can be used for calculating someone's reputation on a site.
When it comes to the calculations for back-reputation, we had three choices:
- Start everyone off at zero
- Start everyone with a value taken directly from MaplePrimes v1
- Start everyone with a calculated value based on some good guesses about past content.
Obviously, we chose option 3. Starting people at 0 made no sense because it ignored the last 5 years of history. And we decided not to start people with their MaplePoints value because it didn't take into account the reputation 'rules' of new Primes. To calculate the new values, we went through multiple cycles of calculating and then tweaking before we came to the values that you saw on launch day.
In retrospect, perhaps our decision to calculate reputation based on historical behaviour was too ambitious and we should have started everyone off at their MaplePoints value. Not to mention that I think we underestimated how everyone valued their rankings on the old MaplePrimes.
There is nothing preventing us from re-calculating the historical portion of your reputation scores. If this is something that the community would like us to do, we will do so. Please note that a change like this would significantly alter reputation scores, so it is something that we can only do once.