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Re^7: A Level Playing Field

by sauoq (Abbot)
on Oct 31, 2005 at 13:45 UTC ( #504257=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^6: A Level Playing Field
in thread A Level Playing Field

With something like an average of 20-50 posts a day we had 16k votes in ready circulation. Thats something like 800 votes a node if fully utilized.

Are you really saying that PM only gets 20-50 posts a day? I've never tried counting, but that doesn't jive with my experience...

And, uh, we've got over 500,000 nodes. I've been here for about 3 years and my home node is around 180,000. So, that's over 100,000 nodes per year. Without considering the rate of change, that would make the average per day somewhere around 275. With 16k votes, that works out to about 60 votes per node, a far cry from 800.

If I'm right and the above is with 4000 regular users as you said and there used to be only about 200 regular users and if the post ratio remained about the same... then we could extrapolate that there used to be an average of about 13-14 new nodes per day. With about 20 saints, that would work out to about... 60 votes per node. I.e. there has probably been very little net change in votes per node since you first joined.

One thing that probably has changed is the percentage of new nodes that a saint has been able to vote on. Previously, it seems a saint could have voted on every new node in a given day and still have votes left over. Now, if my calculations were correct, a saint couldn't quite vote on 20% of the new nodes in a given day. (This fact supports an abstention option, I think.)

With the sudden cut in votes, I'll be interested to see how the rep of new nodes will compare with the rep of old nodes... I believe we're going to see a drastic drop in node rep. I don't necessarily see that as a good thing because range compression will result in less distinction between great nodes and merely good ones. Or good ones and average ones. Etc.

So, I've got reservations about the changes to available votes. I'm definitely interested in knowing what metrics you'll be collecting and how you'll be analyzing them to determine the success of these changes.

As for the additional levels, I think it's great! I've got something to shoot for again. Once you are a saint 5 times over, what's the point? Well, the truth is that I've always come to try to help others anyway. That's where I get my real satisfaction. But still, I like the "game" too, and this brings new life to it.

"My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

Comment on Re^7: A Level Playing Field
Re^8: A Level Playing Field
by 5mi11er (Deacon) on Oct 31, 2005 at 17:06 UTC
    .oO(Man, this is so buried, very few will actually ever read it, but here goes anyway...)

    I too have reservations about the new voting numbers. I realize the growth of votes in circulation partially caused the "problem" that this action attempts to solve. Ok, fine, rejiggering the ranks does that. But, we've also gone and made vote more valuable by reducing the number each person has to use? Uh, sorry, I don't think it's wise to do both actions.

    Even though there was the POSSIBILITY that each new node COULD get 60 votes, experience has shown that in actuallity, a very small percentage of the total daily votes available actually get cast (at least I believe this, but don't have the necessary knowledge to find out what the percentage was).

    So, I think the two actions taken together are going to make the PM experience a far more difficult and frustrating "game" to play. With 30 votes, I had to be quite careful to pick just those posts and answers I thought were worth the votes, now I'm to have only 18? Ouch, that feels like I'm being punished. I'll have to like an answer a LOT to get me to vote on it? That seems to be against the better interest of the site. With more people posting, less votes to spread around will hook fewer new people I'm afraid.

    I'm hopeful that some more consideration is given about reducing the number of votes for the majority of the good people frequenting this site.


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