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Re: Abstain option?

by itub (Priest)
on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:40 UTC ( #620487=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Abstain option?

(Replying to five-year old thread!) I was thinking of making a similar proposal, but decided to search first because I suspected someone would have thought about it before, and here it is.

Sometimes I really want to see a node reputation but can't decide which way to vote. Not because it will help me evaluate the node better, but because sometimes I have a morbid curiosity to see what the community's reaction to the node was. This happens with some controversial nodes.

It's sad that the powers that be decided not to add such an option. An alternative we have is to vote at random when we wish to abstain. In the long run, these pseudo-abstain votes should mostly cancel out. ;-) But a big drawback of this approach is that we would lose information about the "controversiality" of the node (a node with a community reaction of zero reputation and zero votes is not the same as a node with zero reputation resulting from 50++ and 50--).

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Re^2: Abstain option?
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:28 UTC

    Same here. Although, it took quite a bit of searching to find this thread. :)

    Sometimes I really want to see a node reputation but can't decide which way to vote.

    My position is, unless it deserves a negative vote, if you want to see the rep, give it a positive vote.

    As it so happens, i am posting to an 8-year-old post which was a 5-year-old post as it was. I'm curious to see the rep on your post and see how it fared, as PM is quirky with regards to old posts. Starting a new thread is often met with disdain because the old thread exists, but posting to an old thread seems to receive a higher degree of down votes. So, i was curious how your post was received. Regardless, i have no votes left anyway today. Oh well.

    I still want to see an Abstain vote. tye explains here that "we'll just have lots of people mass-abstaining then wishing they could vote when they see how things stand." Though just conjecture, it is a valid fear. However, that does not rule out spending a vote to find out.

    Another reason to vote Abstain, is to mark the vote as "read." well, it works. :)

Re^2: Abstain option?
by sauoq (Abbot) on Sep 03, 2007 at 16:51 UTC
    An alternative we have is to vote at random when we wish to abstain.

    Yeah. That's an old idea too. ;-)

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

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