I would like to see an "explanation" textfield added to the
voting radio buttons, so that people (or perhaps just the
author of the original post) can see why people are voting
them up or down. The ratings could still be anonymous--
in fact, I think they should be, to avoid the possibility
of people retalliating for -- votes.
I know from experience that it is distressing to see your
posts modded down without knowing what you did wrong so you
can act differently next time. By the same token, it's nice
to know what aspects of my modded-up posts were useful to people.
I think this change would have the further positive effect
of separating discussion from meta-discussion; too many comments
I see nowadays say only, "Great post! You were really clear on X,
and I like the idea of Y." I think this praise is valid
and useful in its own right, but I would rather not see it
mixed in with more technical replies.
What do you think? Does this make sense? I guess I'll know
if this comment gets modded up. ;)