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what to do what do you use the points for on this website

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ashleyblowes | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM via web

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what do you use the points for on this website

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM (Answer #2)

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The points earned is a way for enotes to keep track of how often the users and the editors contribute questions or information to the website. Various amounts of points are earned, depending upon what kind of response is given. The points don't change a user's status on the site, but there are point "thresholds" for editors to achieve different levels of achievement. Points are an interesting way for a student to see how frequently an editor contributes to a particular kind of topic, but it is not a measure of the quality of the answer. Some editors contribute often and earn a lot of points. Other editors only answer periodically, but they contribute wonderful responses too.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:37 AM (Answer #3)

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There are many reason why there are points. In my opinion, one of the reasons why there are point is so that the editors can have some healthy competition. This creates for editors to do a better job. Also points are given for best answers. So, if an user asks a question and he or she like a particular answer and marks it as best, then that editor gets more points. In the end, points produce better work.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM (Answer #4)

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I agree that the point system is a great motivator. It's fun to accumulate points. I remember being very happy when I reached the 50,000 point mark. My "rank" changed when I reached that mark, and I was happy about that, too.  I recently answered my thousandth questions, and that, too, was a moment of satisfaction.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:56 AM (Answer #5)

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The points basically make enotes like a video game. You can earn more points in certain categories and get badges, which show others that you know a lot about certain areas, or at least that you are active in those categories. It's just a lot of fun!
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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM (Answer #6)

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I have no idea how many points I have, though it is fun to be notified when you receive badges. They are there as a bit of an incentive to contribute often, and are, as others have said, part of the fun. At the end of the day, they are a measurement of how much help one has provided to students, and so they are certainly worthwhile.

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