Well, the server on the business end of that link seems
to be operating in full stealth mode at the moment, but
the basic problem with mandatory voting is that a certain
percentage of people don't give a rat's hind end and
*you* *can't* *make* *them* care*.
Consequently, since they
won't ever take the trouble to vote intelligently
(even for the lowest definitions of intelligence), any
vote you force them to cast is random and so tends to
favor the worse or less popular option. This wouldn't
be a big deal if it were .05% of the population, but
it tends to be somewhat higher than that.
Don't get me wrong, voting is good. You want everyone
to know about their legal right to vote, to know what
day is election day, and to know where they have to
register (and by when) and where they have to show up
on election day to vote. That's all fine. But (to
paraphrase a certain infamous sports figure) if the
people aren't gonna come to the booth, how you gonna
Bringing it back to Perlmonks... I don't think we
have that great a problem, because the people who
don't care are generally not going to spend a lot
of time visiting the site in the first place.
The XP "goodies" we're handing out for voting would
generally not be a compelling thing for people who
aren't really interested in the content of the site.
I don't see it as a big issue here.
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