|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
In a recent node jeroenes offered his guidelines as to when to front-page a node. I just saw a new SoPW get front-paged, and it struck me as not really worthy. I won't point it out, but it's easy enough to find. The question is rather vague, and three replies have been posted, all saying the same thing: that there is a CPAN module that will do the trick.
So for me it's end of story. Nonetheless, it's out there, taking up valuable real estate on the front page.
I'm beginning to feel that we need more than just a boolean (the approve checkbox) to determine whether a node has got what it takes. To scale up gracefully with the number of monks on board these days, I think a points/voting system should be implemented. ObDisclaimer yeah, yeah, I know, more complexity, more work for our tireless leader. Nevertheless.
To get the ball rolling, here is my idea: when you read the node, you aready know how many front-page points a node has acquired to date. You can approve or disapprove as the whether the node is worthy of front page status. The number of points decays at e.g. 2 points a day. The number of points given to a node is equivalent to your level: saints get 10 points, pontiffs get 9 and so on. When a node reaches a threshold (e.g. 25 points), it goes on the front page. This means that it is no longer any single person's decision, and there a richer channel for winnowing out the worthy nodes. This would also solve the problem most recently raised by Masem (although chromatic's suggestion in reply is of course The Right Way to fix that).
g r i n d e r