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Is voting/reputation a design decision?

by PsychoSpunk (Hermit)
on Sep 13, 2000 at 00:13 UTC ( #32177=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

This hasn't really bothered me. But I just noticed (not that I haven't noticed before, just that it wasn't extremely important) that when I am looking at posts, I either have a chance to vote, or the reputation of the post is listed. I think what made me think about this is that I can't view the reputation of the post until I vote. I know this is probably a cheap ploy to make me vote, but I tend to reserve my votes through out the day so I can actually remember to vote for someone instead of putting it on a to do list. And thus the crux of my post. Is there any way for me to view both the reputation and whether I've voted for the given node at once?

What would the ramifications of such a system create? Less votes? A divide between upvoted posts getting a whole lot of upvotes and downvoted posts going down? In other words, were there valid design decisions to avoid these types of bias?


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(Ovid) RE: Is voting/reputation a design decision?
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Sep 13, 2000 at 00:20 UTC
    I know this is probably a cheap ploy to make me vote
    It's not a cheap ploy to get you to vote. It's a way to avoid "bandwagon" voting. Rather than upvote or downvote based upon the decision of others, you should be voting strictly upon your subjective opinion of the node's merits.

    Of course, if you check out Best Nodes or Worst Nodes, you can see some of the extreme reputations that nodes have earned for the day, week and all time.


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(jcwren) RE: Is voting/reputation a design decision?
by jcwren (Prior) on Sep 13, 2000 at 00:20 UTC
    I'm sorry, but I had to vote this one down.

    This topic has only been covered about 30 times in the last 4 months. Had "super search" been used (by typing "super search" in the search box at the top of the page), it would have been noticed just how often this topic has been covered, not to mention, beat to death.

    Reseach is Good Thing(tm)


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      ...not to mention, beat to death.

      Beaten, shot, stabbed, trampled, poisoned, hanged, drawn, and quartered. The remains were cremated, the ashes placed in a bag made from the skin of the topic's children, and buried under 50 feet of concrete at the top of Mount Everest. And all the Sherpas were relocated to Hoboken, New Jersey, as 7-Eleven clerks. Just to be sure.

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RE: Is voting/reputation a design decision?
by myocom (Deacon) on Sep 13, 2000 at 00:21 UTC

    This was hashed out extensively recently. I suggest you read that thread rather than starting a new one.

    Oh, and just as a preventative measure to keep this thread from becoming a big ol' flame war: HITLER

      Sorry, but according to the latest revision of Godwin's law, invoking Hitler deliberately as a means of ending the thread is not allowed. Furthermore, you, as the person who invoked it, have lost. Lost what? I dunno. That's just what it says here in the rulebook.

      I mean, some people. One little flame war and they pretend it's got a simple solution. You're like Hitler that way... <G>

      - email Ozymandias
        Dammit, that'll teach me to keep up on the latest RFC's. ;-)

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