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Re: Why do we get experience for voting?

by Felonious (Chaplain)
on Sep 10, 2002 at 20:32 UTC ( #196807=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Why do we get experience for voting?

I'd like to make a clarification; I agree with everyone else here that experience (the XP kind) matters little. My reason for questioning this feature isn't because I begrudge anyone the pittance of points they receive from voting, but rather because I think it leads to people blindly upvoting/downvoting nodes to use up votes. Also, isn't this the reason for most votebots? Or are they mostly used for "character assasination"?

Thanks to everyone who has replied so far.

-- O thievish Night, Why should'st thou, but for some felonious end, In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars? --Milton


Comment on Re: Why do we get experience for voting?
Re^2: Why do we get experience for voting?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Sep 11, 2002 at 12:10 UTC

    No, votebots are generally either used to "assassinate" by targetting a specific account with downvotes or to bolster an account, probably one that belongs to votebot owner, with upvotes. The XP the votebot account gets for voting is not a concern at all. Remember that the chance to gain XP for a vote you receive is much higher than the chance to gain XP for a vote you spend.

    Also, I remember when I got only 15 or 20 votes, they rarely were enough to upvote all the posts I wanted to. Now at 40, I'm somewhat hard pressed at times to spend them all, true. Other days, I spend them thoughtfully and they're still too few.

    So, if anyone puts up even a semblance of participation, I don't think they can even afford spending votes blindly.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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