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Re: The meaning of life, the universe and node repurtation

by jjdraco (Scribe)
on Oct 05, 2002 at 04:09 UTC ( #202989=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The meaning of life, the universe and node reputation

I agree with what every one said here, the rep gives the author a general idea of what a group of people think of his/her post. but I think the XP is wasted. To me XP implies that you've learned something, and if the XP is based of the rep of your nodes and you using all your votes, then the XP gained in no way says any thing about you except how active you are at this site.

With the downvoting, I think it would be nice if a person would be asked to give a short comment on why they downvoted it, and have that comment sent to the author. I know I would like to know whats wrong with one of my post, and I think most people here probably would too, since most people wouldn't write a bad post on purpose.

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Re^2: The meaning of life, the universe and node repurtation
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Oct 05, 2002 at 12:51 UTC

    The requirement to add a comment was discussed before. The problem with it is that it has to be anonymous for the voting system to work as it does; and then someone can evade it by simply providing "you suck", "." or other worthless "reasons". Bottom line, we're no wiser than before.

    I do agree with your sentiment that downvotes should be explained, and while I'm not going to pretend I always do, I make an effort to adhere to that. If I'm downvoting an obvious troll or similarly worthless node, I rarely care to post an explanation, but if I'm downvoting for technical reasons or because I think someone was out of line, I remind myself to be explicit about it - that will both help the original poster understand why they're getting admonished as well as let me know if my own judgement on the matter is approved in the form of votes on my explanation post.

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