questionswhy do we have to ask questions to get our woot…

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What I think is odd is when I lost some rep while on vacation and checked on my status it said I needed to do some "tattles" to get my rep up. Growing up, being a tattletale was a bad thing.

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@moondrake same thing happened to me, and I also was advised to down-vote more comments... I don't see the point of encouraging that with woot rep, when we should be encouraging people not to post things that deserve down-votes IMO.

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Thank you for asking this question. Seriously.

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you actually don't have to ask question to get your rep higher. you really only need to ask questions if you want to get to #1. I haven't asked a question in 2 months and i'm at #9.

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Why do you want to get your rep score higher? It's not as if you win some prize. There are rules set in place to play a fairly pointless game, if you want to play, then just follow the rules of the game. Why do we get $200 when we pass go? Why do we have to say "UNO!" when we only have one card left?

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@kamikazeken:

Why do we get $200 when we pass go?
- if you land on go, you get $400

Why do we have to say "UNO!" when we only have one card left?
- because UNO means one

i'll stop being a smartass now. :p

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@kamikazeken: I can remember the days when a black triangle meant something....it's apparently just another color now.

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@jsimsace: Maybe socially. It would really have meant something if there'd been some real world impact. Like black triangles got a 5% discount all the time or a BOC on their anniversary. Or a surprise woot-off every once in a while only open to black triangles. As long as it's just invisible props from virtual people it doesn't carry a lot of weight no matter how exclusive it is.

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@carl669: $400 for landing on go is a house rule, not a game rule. Another frequent complaint about woot, unwritten house rules that change depending on who's playing.

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@moondrake: It was several moons ago, but I'm pretty sure I received a jumbowoot coupon for having a ▲ during a specific month.

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Yay jumbowoot coupon here I come. (Sarcasm dripping)

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Black triangles used to get the biggest coupon from jumbowoot. It was about a $5 difference between adjacent levels, as I recall people reporting in with $20 coupons when I was at a lowly $5 total.

Now it's just a symbol of how likely you are to be whiny, especially about "the good old days" and "one deal a day" and other such tearful stories ಥ_ಥ

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And also I see what you're doing here and it makes me giggle ಠ⌣ಠ

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@mybestuser1: jumbowoot coupons are a thing of the past.. Throw them in the bin with the Sansa MP3 Players, BoC's, Good Quality Woot-Offs and 1-Deal-a-Day.

Now it's all about social media like Facebook/Twitter.. and 500+ deals a day

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@mcullers : did you know you can also get your score up from answering more questions ? That's what it says on my thingy.

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I will never get a black triangle.

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I think the answer to the OP question is this: The ranking system was a means, originally, of showing how active you were in the deals-hunting community, which included asking questions to prompt deals-related discussions or answering the questions of other deals-hunters.

As of now, deals has, for the most part, been relegated to the bin to die a slow death. I wouldn't be surprised to see the ATC section be closed within the year since a large number of the questions now are related to the weird, contrary, and inflammatory business practices of Woot, either in general or on the deals page.

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@devexityspace: BoC's still show up from time to time. There was one earlier this week and I figure the next will be somewhere around the year 2018

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@carl669: It's my turn to be a smartass =P

You never really explained why we get $200 for passing go. You merely gave house rule, which does not explain why we get $200. Just sayin' =P

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My rep is 98 and I haven't asked a question since before Christmas... I don't think you need to spam with meaningless questions to get to the top, but sharing interesting questions can sometimes give me that little gem to enjoy in the morning when I visit deals.woot

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@craigster38: i didn't answer that because i just assumed everyone knew. the $200 has to do with Pagan history:

"About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill ...Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis (the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection."

so, the $200 references 200 B.C. and the fact you get it every time you pass Go (or...every time you circle the board), references the annual rebirth of Attis.

it's all about the Pagans my fellow wooter.

edit: forgot to cite my source. Gerald Berry - Religions of the World

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@carl669: Most amusing response! From a game strategy standpoint, the Go money serves little purpose late in the game But early in the game when players are burning through their money buying property and earning little income on the undeveloped properties they own, it keeps the game from basically suffering economic collapse through the Go, Community Chest and Chance "stimulus" money. They are tools to permit the infusion of new cash into the game (as well as remove it), so that the game does not sit at a static resource amount of $1,500 x the number of players.

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@gigi889: That's ok, black squares mean more to Woot anyway. ;)

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@j5: 100+ yellow squares would have more voting power than 1 black square in shirt.woot derbies.

just sayin'.

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@no1: Derbies?
Pfft!
Nobody votes on those anymore.

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@j5: if you and @taternuggets collab i would vote for you.

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I am a former Black Triangle. The leaderboard is designed to make those of us with addictive personalities something to obsess over. All the dials and tips for Leveling Up and the Today's Top Voter all give us something to use to destroy our own productivity and jobs and relationships.

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@no1: He won't return my calls.

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Because, that's what makes the arrows (needles?) be ever in your favor...
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They point right, baby!

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They want to encourage the formation of community here.

There are a few perks to having a black triangle--though most people wouldn't notice them--in addition to the coupons that come occasionally.