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Recently, buried in Front Page with Negative Rep.. we had a discussion regarding the concept of a Node Tension value display for any particular node.

The basic idea would be to illustrate the relative contention over a node rather than the tally of plus and minus votes. This would be a measure of how controversial the node is rather than any absolute measure of its generated approbration or opprobrium. This value would be visible before actually voting on the node.

I provided the following illustration:

++-- Total vote tension
100595low
1055low
5100-95low
550low
1001000high
20200medium
502030medium-high

In response, giulienk provided an interesting attempt at an empirical formulation of the idea. I played with it, but it was not quite satisfactory, especially since it seemed coarse-grained at lower magnitudes.

The core issue is capturing the magnitude of opposing votes. 100 positive votes and 0 negative represents no contention. 5 positive and 5 negative represents some, but not huge contention. So I employed Occam's Razor on the formulation and decided:

1. All non-opposed votes have no effect.
2. The remaining delta serves as an effective indicator of tension
3. Further qualification (low, med, high, etc) might be unnecessary

Formula:  \$t = min(\$plus, \$minus) * 2

Recasting the original example, this would yield:

++-- Total vote tension
10059510
105510
5100-9510
55010
1001000200
2020040
50203040

This accurately captures the magnitude of contention without revealing, beyond bare necessity, the actual votes cast.

Questions:

1. Is this something other monks would like to see on pre-voted nodes, perhaps as an option? What about while considering a node?
2. If interested, what better ideas (if any) can we come up with for representing tension?
Matt

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