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It depends on what you view as the point of voting. If you're viewing voting purely as a means of registering approval of the person posting the node, then yes, voting for Anonymous Monk posts is pointless. And there's no doubt that there is some element of that in voting for posts.

But there's another purpose, as well. Voting for a node indicates, or should indicate, your approval of the node itself, and the items and ideas contained inside. The purpose here is to indicate that you approve of the node; if it has a high positive value, it appears on the Best Nodes list, where others can see it, and more will take notice of it. The same goes in the opposite direction, with nodes in the Worst Nodes list.

If we ask vroom to make changes to the Anonymous Monk system, I'd prefer he simply remove it, and no longer allow anonymous posting. Voting should be anonymous. There's no need for posting to be, except perhaps in the Seekers of Perl Wisdom section. But that's already been argued.

- email Ozymandias

In reply to RE: prevent votes on anonymous posts (Ozymandias: Merits of Voting AM Posts) by Ozymandias
in thread prevent votes on anonymous posts by ybiC

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