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While I quite like the idea of getting /msgs to explain votes, what is to
stop people from simply responding "because you suck" or something
similar, thereby avoiding both the vote removal and loss of privileges?
If some higher authority will have to arbitrate the
process to stop such abuse, then it will be unweildy and doomed to fail.
I'd be quite delighted to see a working system, but I'm sorry to say that this
probably isn't it.
I've been thinking about the voting system lately, as I suspect have many
other monks, and I'm somewhat surprised that even with the quite formidable
collection of brains present, no significant progress has really been
made towards solving the problems of the voting system. I'm not certain
what this observation reveals (though I have some theories) but there it is.
Though it has been suggested before, it bears repeating: we should all try to
worry a lot less about how voting works and get on with simply reading and writing
nodes to the best of our abilities. We're all at least pretending to be mature here
(I almost said "we're all adults", but I'm glad to say that isn't true at all, especially
since there is little correlation between age and maturity) and
if we could put co-operation and our obvious joy of learning ahead of petty squabbles,
I suspect that there would be no voting problem at all.
I'd like to be able to assign to an luser