I've had some time to experience the new downvoting rules and thought a bit about the whole down/upvoting thing. These are my thoughts:
in reply to History now influences voting
I'm not saying these changes should be made, just offering ideas that popped into my head to be tossed around.
- Downvoting penalties should get harsher (exponentially?) the more a person conecutively downvotes (similar to the new rules).
- It may be nice to find a way to reduce the prominence of negative nodes. Something like lightening their color or requiring a particular level to view after various stages of --
- Perhaps making both down and upvotes cost a percentage of your own XP some percentage of the time. (You are giving your ++ to others but it grows over time. This last one would be a dramatic change from before so i'm not sure how popular it would be. It may very well hurt the site's popularity.