Ah, I see what's meant now. It may be valid to show reputation
and still allow voting for older nodes. After all, if you've
spent the time to trawl through the archives looking for
an answer to a problem, and you find exactly what you
are looking for, you are likely to vote it up whether or
not it had a high reputation to begin with. Voting a node
up is also a way of commenting on it.
Hrm, one of the disadvantages of the current voting system
is that nodes posted very recently to front-page items
tend to get voted up a lot more than (possibly better)
nodes posted later on. I tend to go back to discussions
I voted on previously to check if any new nodes have better
answers, and I often note that an average, but early, answer
gets +20 or something, and a later, but better, answer tends
to only get around +6 (in fact, +6 seems remarkably common...).
It may be an idea to allow higher-level monks to vote
older nodes +2 if they turn out to be particularily good.