Everybody seems to worry about downvotes, as if the only
purpose of the voting system is to just get more votes.
I think that its purpose should be to give an idea
of the overall usefulness of a node, not just to convert
the system in a competition to get more votes. Maybe
some people consistently downvotes some writers, or use
votebots; other will consistently upvote those same
writers and the use votebots may be either way. Thus,
I don't think the effect of those "anomalies" is going
to essentially affect the results of the votation on
truly good and truly bad nodes.
On the other way, the reasons to up- or down-vote a node
may be fuzzy; you may feel that something is wrong (in
the contents or in the form) or that the node is wonderful,
but you may be not able to actually express way. Also,
you may not exactelly remember the exact reasons for a
vote without careful reading of the whole thread, which
could consume a lot of time, which I (at least) am not
wishing to use; perlmonks reading already needs more
time that what I have.
Last, I've got the feeling that some people are thinking
that they will have the opportunity to challenge the
downvotes received, thus upping its reputation. This seems
unfair. If challenging is to be implemented, both
up and down votes should be challenged, randomly if
possible, potentially reducing the reputation. Moreover,
it should have such a cost as to make it an option to be
taken only in extreme cases. As I think this would be
used by people wishing to increase the reputation of
a node, such a price could be a number of XP, plus a
downvote for each unanswered reply (or something like
that). I would be much more in favour of a system giving
feedback on the good and bad points of a node (in the
line of having several ++ and -- boxes). Moreover, I feel
that the anonimity of voting is a good part of the system;
removing it would possibly cause some people to stop
voting, just to avoid the hassle, but the more votes
are overly cast, the more accurate are the results.
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