No offense meant at all, but I don't understand the point:
in reply to Abstain option?
"I (who?) was in attendance at this node, and whether I read it or not, I constructively notify you (who?) that I abstained from voting."
Who or what gains from knowing that someone (an anonymous someone at that) abstained? Is the real goal here to get the #nodeviews along with voting history made visible? (Wow, I hope not.) And is simply not voting inadequate?
However, as long as we're on the topic - I'd rather be able to toggle names from a list of PerlMonks so that I could see how they voted on any given node...
That'd be very interesting, and possibly more useful (to me) than almost any other use of XP ... :)
Imagine; I could open a node and see a little box with the names of my selected Monks and their vote on this node! I could see that Merlyn, Ovid, Perrin, and others all agreed on a node's positive vote; how interesting would that be?