Fake Internet Points (FIP) is one of the techniques we use to engage users on LolSnaps. Awarding users with absolutely worthless points for their interaction with other users and the website in general was popularized by Digg in 2004 and refined by Reddit beginning in 2005. The reason we have implemented our custom version of this functionality is simple: some users respond favorably when motivated (even by Fake Internet Points) and that enhanced level of engagement can promote the best kind of content for the entire community.

How FIP Works

You receive Fake Internet Points (FIP) when you engage in a number of behaviors including uploading posts, viewing posts, voting on posts, and receiving votes on the posts you upload. A high amount of FIP on your user profile (in most cases) tells other users that you are a valued contributor to LolSnaps. A negative amount of FIP on your user profile (in most cases) tells other users that your contributions are not appreciated. All new users begin with 0 (zero) Fake Internet Points. Your FIP total is displayed on your user profile page. Fake Internet Points are ONLY awarded to registered users because there is no way to award an anonymous user over time.

Earning Fake Internet Points

Fake Internet Points can be earned for doing the following:

  1. View a post (1 point)
  2. Vote on a post (1 point, upvote or downvote)
  3. Upload a post (10 points)
  4. Receive points for your uploaded post (You’ll be awarded a point for every point your post receives from user votes)
  5. Leave a comment in Disqus (1 point)

FAQs:

1. How do I begin earning FIP?

Register as a user. It really is that easy. You can earn FIP even if you’re otherwise a lurker (see #1, above). If you’ve been a long-time Disqus user, be sure to use the same email used to register with Disqus when you register on LoLSnaps. That way, all your previous comments will accrue points after you register (it can take a week to catch up).

2. Are Fake Internet Points retroactive?

FIP begins at zero once you create an account and register as a user. There is no way to go back in time and accurately capture and award points in a system that was previously built around anonymous users. As noted above, if you register on LolSnaps using the same email you used to register with Disqus, your prior comments will accrue points.

3. Can I redeem FIP or gift them to someone else?

No. They’re FAKE. Worthless. But they’re YOUR fake points and no one can take them away from you except you… for being a naughty user.

4. Will this encourage bad behavior on the part of users?

We don’t think so, but we’ll be closely monitoring how things go and make changes and adjustments if needed.

5. Why are more points awarded for posting a snap?

First, posting a picture doesn’t happen very often. Second, there is some downside to users who post pictures because their pictures may end up with negative points (and, therefore, negative FIP). The downside is limited, but real nonetheless.

  • http://www.tdome.net gabe

    @@HoodieDog:disqus how do you get negative FIP, other than Mods handing them out?

    • HoodieDog

      Having a post go REALLY south (negative points) or a post being deleted because you sent us a dick pic (that used to happen several times a week on the old site because it was all anonymous).

      • FizzPop

        WHAT!? I mean, ok sure I can believe it happened, but I’m still surprised to hear that it did.
        Geez

        • HoodieDog

          The negative points under my login are all because I deleted several test posts while we were building the new site. Over 300 of them.

          • Rev. Analbumcover

            How do you see FIP? Also, when I try to log in, it just says “Sending user info, please wait…”

          • HoodieDog

            Another user had the problem and I don’t know if our solution cleared it up or not.

            When you get that message, is it in the form of a popup or does it appear in the header somewhere? How do you exit from the message?

            We have a known bug where a user logs in only to find out you have to click on a post before the page tells you you have logged in successfully. Give that a try and let me know.

            As for FIP, you have 19 points (so, it appears you have logged in successfully at least once) and you can find it in your user profile.

          • Rev. Analbumcover

            How do I view someone else’s FIP?

          • HoodieDog

            You don’t. For now. We didn’t want to go too crazy wit FIP right out of the gates, but there is a way for us to create a scoreboard, of sorts.

          • Rev. Analbumcover

            Also, clicking “Past 24 hours” shows ones from two weeks or a month back…Using Chrome. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11f32ccda322021eec63faa01df92597d4aaa1663039a42e20f6ff01822a3f79.png

          • HoodieDog

            Yeah, that will take a week or two to calm down. It’s now triggered to look at the most popular posts during the past two weeks NO MATTER when they were originally uploaded.

          • FizzPop

            I’m also getting a delay of sorts when logging into my profile. Refreshing the page shows that I’ve logged in successfully.
            But sometimes, if I close the browser and come back, I have to log in again.

          • HoodieDog

            It’s a known bug. I click on a post and that resolves it. It mostly happens when you’re on the homepage/Front Page. We’re hoping to get it resolved in the next day or three.

          • HoodieDog

            Was able to replicate your problem. It occurred when I tried to login while on the Front Page. I just backed out of the screen and clicked on a post and it showed me as logged. Definitely a bug though.

  • Das Puggy

    So, these FIP are as useful as Drew Carey’s show with Wayne, Colin and Ryan?

  • the dude

    @HoodieDog:disqus, is there a rankings list of said internet points?

    • HoodieDog

      Yes, but we haven’t put them anywhere on the site. Yet.

      Hope to when it calms down a bit.

      • the dude

        lol, i was just kidding, but ok.

        • Johnny Alpha

          There’s now a ‘ranking’ and your position shown underneath. Perthaussieguy is waay ahead, but that’s cos he’s got fuck all else to do apart from….oh! wait he just came back from hospital, let’s play nice 🙂

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