Perhaps a text field to enter a reason for frontpaging
a node would be in order?
I concur. If we're going to list the names of who frontpaged what, it's reasonable to let them explain why they did it.
Update: I don't necessarily want every frontpaged
node to be rigorously justified, boo_radley, but when
someone frontpages a node that isn't obviously worthy,
it'd be useful to give them a chance to explain their
decision. (And NTC gets its share of empty considers,
too.) Just a thought.
On the issue of frontpaging too much, I'd only
frontpage one every couple days or so. If a node is
worthy. someone else will most likely frontpage it.
I think I've frontpaged one node since reaching Friar. Usually, the impressive nodes have been frontpaged before I get to them.
Update 2: It occurs to me that I don't frontpage
nodes mostly because I hang out at Newest Nodes instead
of The Monastery Gates, and forget all about this
"front page" thing.
Another criterion that I use when deciding whether or not to frontpage something is: "How will this reflect on Perl Monks?" The Monastery Gates is (probably) the first exposure a visitor will have to the site, so I think it's reasonable to exert a bit more editorial criticism when deciding what to put there. (For instance, Juerd's recent comment on a not-so-Friendly home node impressed me, displayed well, and was of above-average overall quality, but I didn't frontpage it -- we don't need to advertise our internal disputes to the rest of the world.) This strikes me as a fairly obvious point, but it should be mentioned.