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Re^2: Sainthood via Seniority Simulation

by chaoticset (Chaplain)
on Sep 11, 2004 at 13:06 UTC ( #390267=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Sainthood via Seniority Simulation
in thread Sainthood via Seniority Simulation

Perlmonks rewards voting, and it doesn't discriminate between an "intelligent" vote and a "vote to get XP".
This is consistent with governments the world over.
But any democracy who doesn't want to be become the laughing stock of the world doesn't hand out goodies in the voting booths.
(Spelling error corrected for clarity)
I've always wondered why this is. I suspect that a free buffet lunch at a polling location would draw in registered voters like flies. They check your registration, you vote, you go around the buffet once or twice.

Yeah, voters shouldn't have to be enticed. Humanity shouldn't have to be policed, either, but those systems exist. Necessary evils exist, so why encourage only the most egregious ones? Why shouldn't there be tasty baked lasagna, free for the taking if you do your civic duty?

You are what you think.

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Re^3: Sainthood via Seniority Simulation
by apotheon (Deacon) on Oct 23, 2004 at 09:59 UTC
    Anyone that shows up at the polling location for the food instead of for the voting shouldn't be voting anyway. An uninformed vote is worse than no vote at all.

    - apotheon
    CopyWrite Chad Perrin
      Exactly how well-informed do you think most voters happen to be?

      You are what you think.

        Not very. Most of them have never heard of, for instance, Michael Badnarik or David Cobb. Many are not aware that John Kerry's current plan for total withdrawal from Iraq is more long-term than Bush's current plan, and that he supports renewing the USA PATRIOT Act. Many are not aware that Bush supports renewing the federal assault weapon ban.

        I have a question for you: Why do you ask?

        - apotheon
        CopyWrite Chad Perrin

      I wonder what's the reason for the downvotes to apotheon's node. If you disagree you should speak up, not just click "vote". I definitely do agree with him.

      We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
      Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
      Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home
         -- P. Simon in Mrs. Robinson

        Do you think the number of posts on perlmonks should explode, with the majority of the posts being Me too (for the up-voters speaking up) and Me not (for the down-voters speaking up)?

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