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I don't participate here much, but I try to read the board occasionally.

What amazes me is how much someone can write without getting even a single rec on this board.

Why so cheap?

Geez, I know Americans - especially in Florida, seem to have the impression we're a bunch of skinflints, but this is getting a little ridiculous.

Now, before you all get cranky with me again, and start telling me how much you dislike recs, let me say that I'm not a big fan of the reccing system either. It creates an atmosphere that encourages, confrontation, manipulation, and grandstanding-for-recs.

But it also helps readers distinguish between the more insightful, and interesting posts, and those that are simply emotional tirades and fluff.

A reader who doesn't have time to read an entire thread can skim through getting some of the main ideas by scanning the most-recced posts.

Reccing can also be a form of thanking someone for starting a topic you'd like to hear more about. If you like someone's thinking whynot give them a rec - even if you don't agree with every detail?

Reading through that last thread, I couldn't believe anyone could write so much, and so much that was interesting to read, without getting a single rec.

It doesn't cost anything to give a rec. When you give a rec it isn't subtracted from the number others have given you. And it took a lot of time, effort and deliberation to write each of those posts.

Giving recs encourages participation on the board. It's a way of saying "thank-you" for taking the time, effort. It's a way of encouraging others to join in, and it's a way of saying thanks for caring enough to write something.

Try reccing each other once in a while; it won't kill you.

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