I've always believed that the PM voting system is just plain silly. Personally, I don't care whether I get voted up, down or sideways, as long as I can help out when possible or get help when necessary. What matters way more than votes is someone I've managed to help saying, "Hey, that's it! You solved my problem." Don't get me wrong. I do check my node list from time to time (mainly as an index for locating replies), and it's entertaining because there seems to be little correlation between what I consider the value of a contribution (or the effort put into it) and the votes it's been awarded.
But, obviously now, there are those who put a lot of weight on votes and rank. And I'm not being critical of those people. But I do think that if the system allows someone of jcwren's stature (and by "stature" I don't mean "rank") to become alienated, it's time to look at the system. I've never cast a single vote, but I'd cast my first and last one now to get rid of the voting system altogether -- just so we can get back to helping each other.
Update:17 Oct 2001
I suppose the irony only reinforces my point, but in less than three days this node is now my second highest ranked. Good grief!
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