Interesting post @Jellyfish IMHO; I had to give this a helpful!Seems the only people who give likes, give so many they don't count
This is actually a valid point.
And many times..in fact most of the times, the helpful and like ratings aren't given to the posts that are deserving of them..so the ones that are, kinda don't really count anyway.
You could tell yourself that it's not all about pips, and that people will still see that you're posts have gained attention from others.
I suppose when you get to the senior section, it doesn't really matter, but I can see how it would for a junior, trying to make their way up.
Timezones play a part in this too, for instance..I normally post in the morning, and that's when i'm active in most conversations, but usually, most here have been here for a few hours already, and so anything I post doesn't get rated (officially) where as if I post really late at night, like 12-1am it does make a big difference..
Now and again i'll get a load of notifications of a ratings for something i've posted months ago, and it's only those that seem to make any difference, and see a big rise in rep.
Most ratings are given when a conversation is actively going on, and i'm just not here the same times as everyone else is.
Anyway, that was just me thinking out loud....if you think about this stuff too much, you'll be on your way to a padded cell before long, and lifes too short