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

A fair number of people seem to agree that a node's rep is in no way indicitive of it's quality (and don't hesitate to point it out, again and again and again...). What I'm wondering is how to improve the voting system so that you can get an idea of which posts to bother reading based on a brief rating. Is it possible? Is something like slash closer? What other features would help?

Thank you for your opinions :).