Here's my thing. I like to be helpful. That's what the majority of my post count is from- helping people solve DS flashcart, and computer problems. Many of our forum members feel this way too. And I think Ask GBAtemp is a great idea. My problem with Ask GBAtemp is that the more I answer, the less helpful I feel, because people often neglect to choose a best answer even if their problem is resolved. Please don't think that I'm just being pissy that my ratio is low, I just think the ratio is a bad idea altogether. I don't have any problem answering people's questions on, for instance, the R4DS or Acekard subforum when much of the time I get no thanks. But that's because I don't see a ratio of my helpfulness get worse and worse the more I try. Original ideas to improve Ask GBAtemp's motivational system: Open questions for a publicly voted answer after an initial time period. The initial time period would be perhaps a 10 days*, during which the question poster could choose the vote, closing the thread off to voting for a best answer. A Karma point system, instead of a ratio A weighted ranking system for questions that get multiple correct answers; although this might overcomplicate things, it would help prevent weak/neutral answers from getting too much Karma edit: Though 10 days might be kind of long a time period, the fact that the question remains "unanswered" after that time (although that's only because no best answer was chosen), surely there are a few different ways to ensure that a best answer actually gets voted for after the Poster's time limit ends. edit2: Such a change to the system would also make it less unappealing to actually discuss the question because multiple posts to the Question Thread don't kill your ranking. Different participants in the discussion may get a weighted "karma point" such as: +2 Solved question/problem and explained the solution +1 Provided helpful information that helped resolve the question/problem +0 Participated in the question's discussion -1 Provided incorrect, unhelpful, information that wouldn't otherwise be moderated Third edit (11/28/11) - Revised summary of suggestions: 1. If ratio is kept, don't count multiple responses from the same person as multiple answers (to facilitate troubleshooting without an added penalty to your "best answer" ratio). 2. Consider adding an improved notification system that members can opt-in to receive when questions from certain categories are asked. 3. Consider permitting a karma/vote system to allow the members to choose "best" answers to older questions if the OP doesn't pick for themselves. Perhaps it could also replace the "best answer ratio". 4. Make the Ask GBAtemp section more visible on the forums: Perhaps by in-line suggestions on applicable subforums or when creating a new thread in the form of question. 5. Consider an anonymity option for individuals posting questions, or possibly just remove postcount display.