Some members like the points system, some don't. Some think it is useful or meaningful, some don't. Some think the points totals are misleading or open to abuse.
I think it has a useful place as an additional dimension to the forum for those that like points, although I think the meaning of the points totals is different for different members.
It is a bit like the topics of religion or politics - you won't change anybody else's opinion by arguing that your opinion is right, so I am trying to stay away from too many opinions in this discussion.
I kind of like fooling around with statistics (how weird is that) and since I am not really able to do projects right now, I thought I would look at the points system and see where it takes me.
The point of the points system would seem to be to get more of them, although there is not much of a defined reward for getting more. Still there are lots of members accumulating lots of points.
There are some limits in the system to combat abuse, for example you can only check 10 "Like"s and 10 "Helpful"s per day, giving you a max of 150 points a day from those actions.
I click on "Like" for most things I read on the forum because it always provides points to the author who made the effort to write the blog, even though I only get points for 10 of those clicks per day.
If you login every day and max out Likes and Helpfuls every day, you would get 1120 points per week or 58400 points per year. This is hard to do consistently every day and it would take quite a lot of time and effort every day. I know I don't max out these points every day, even though I read almost everything that gets published on the forum.
Of course you also get points for creating content and when members 'Like" your content and there are no limits on these points.
It is possible to get over 2000 points per week, but you need to create content if you want to get those high point numbers.
I kind of like getting points because it indicates I am participating more on the forum, but I don't like passing other members' point totals because it somehow feels like you are out to beat someone at the points game, even though it is not billed as a contest. Fortunately I am past that problem now. Only Shabaz has more points than me and he is in no danger of being passed anytime soon, especially since I will likely be on a slower pace going forward.
I don't track points so I don't know how many I get each week, but it is possible to compute an average since I became a member by dividing my current total by the number of weeks of membership. This comes out over 1300 points per week, but I am sure it is significantly higher in the last few years, since I was not as active in the first few years. I'm also sure Shabaz could say the same thing. His average is a bit lower because he started earlier than me, but when he turns on his contribution afterburners, he outstrips everyone.
I didn't set out to accumulate some number of points and I wouldn't have predicted that I would get this many, so if you want a lot of points, just keep plugging away and then suddenly you look up and you have a large number.
I had to do a big search for this, but if you are really interested in the points system, here is a link to what points are available:
Click on the "Points for Activities" tab.