Why? The internet is global. You've got tools like Google Translate if you don't understand something. OK, it's not perfect, but it's better than my Polish. Some of my favourite sites are in languages other than English.
Anyway the link is great. Never seen the site before.
I think its an awsome idea..... Being a newcommer myself, my rank is in the dump, but fear not my fellow tech-heads, I plan on rising to the heights, the likes of whick no Daniwebster has achieved........
To me the reputation/points/ranking are all sort of irrelevant. My girlfriend is amused when I tell her I've leveled up, so that's okay, but really, I answer questions that I know how to answer and I occasionally join in a discussion when I'm stymied on some real work. I don't see how any of these features are going to change my behavior. However, if they produce good results and make people happy I see no harm in them.
Has there been any thought given to derived rankings? Solved threads/postings might be interesting, and it would filter out some of the posting games points... :)
There are rankings based on three criteria: posts, reputation and solved threads; the top posters based on solved post count shown here is I guess what you are looking for...which fortunately filters out some of the posting game points. :-)
Oh, the details aren't that interesting to me. I know who's saying sensible stuff in the forums I read, and I know who's asking serious questions with an interest in learning and I can spot someone who just wants me to do his homework for him - I don't have much use for the rankings. I'm here for the craic, that's all.
I raised the question more out of academic interest than anything else (I'm pretty verbose, any correction for word count or posting count would probably hurt my rankings severely! :) ). If you're looking to achieve something with these numbers, which it seems y'all are, it seems to me that composite data are likely to be more useful than the raw stuff. After all, what are the odds that the most useful data are the first ones you happen to lay your hands on?