In an attempt to spark a better idea, what if we consider borrowing an idea from (Heaven help me) /.? Namely, the ability to flag nodes with certain attributes, such as "Insightful," "Funny,", "Underrated," "Overrated," "Interesting," "FAQ", and so on?
If pursued, I'd see this as:
If done properly, this add more information about the community's reaction to a node, as well as more drugs for the addicted.
Being a Level Power (say Level 6 or 7, to provide cues to other senior members that this may be a node needing extra attention).
The idea here being that it should only be available to folks who've been around long enough to fairly assess the "properties" of a node.
Briefly summarized in Index pages underneath the posters name. For example:
Note that this only requires the addition of a <BR> tag and a description.
- Summarized in threaded views after the post date.
(Apologies for to chipmunk for borrowing his node for example purposes. No offense intended.)
Specifically summarized only to the poster when viewed in its own window, again in the header, e.g.:
Re: Re: Choose a maximum for Rep by chipmunk on May 24, 2001 at 20:28
Insightful (3), Underrated (2)
I realize that this is a very ambitious proposal, one needing further analysis and a lot of work to implement. However, it might be a workable solution.
Note: Please realize that I offer this as a possible solution to a problem that I do not believe exists. I do not think the current voting system is broken. I simply think it's not being used wisely.
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