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### Re^3: Voting system idea..

by Paulster2 (Priest)
 on Nov 23, 2004 at 14:03 UTC ( #409895=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Voting system idea..

Points well taken.

The habit of getting rid of all your points in the lower levels is not necessarily a good one, that's for sure. The only thing is that in the lower levels, because of the number of votes that you have, it's real easy to get rid of them. I found in the lower levels that I had burned up my votes and wished that I had more.

Besides, castasay pointed out that a lower level monk only receives 1/6 of total votes as a bonus. That really isn't a whole lot of bonus points. If my understanding is correct, that is a maximum bonus of 3 points. Please correct me if I am wrong, I hope that I didn't misunderstand what castaway was explaining.

Paulster2

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Re^4: Voting system idea..
by apotheon (Deacon) on Nov 23, 2004 at 20:46 UTC

It's true that the bonus isn't much, but I suspect that most relatively new PM members see "bonus for expending all votes" and think "Kewl! Bonus points!" without really doing a quantitative analysis to determine the actual return on investment (of effort). The problem, after all, isn't as much the XP gained (though, as I mentioned, the gained XP does contribute to another "problem") as it is the gratuitous manner in which votes are cast.

Having a limited number of votes to expend causes one to consider whether a given node really deserves the vote you're going to give it. Getting rewarded for voting replaces that caution, for many people, with a desire to find excuses to vote on things. Getting bonus rewards for expending all votes compounds the problem by causing people to consciously think "Ooh, I need to go find excuses for voting until all my votes are cast, just in case I forget to vote before midnight!"

- apotheon

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