Your view of the benefit of the voting system is the same as mine. I think however
that the problem of "personality voting" is being
somewhat overstated in this thread. Sure it will happen,
especially with a forceful personality like that of merlyn
the reputation points due to the quality of his contributions vastly outweighs those
lost due to the actions of a couple of trolls.
In the specific post that started his thread however, merlyn
provided a handy link to an e-mail address that is likely not
a secret, and though I haven't looked, I dare say that I could
have found it in a few seconds had I been motivated to send in
a typo report to O'Reilly. So that
node in my opinion is not one of the best on the site, and not
one that need be held in high regard for all time. At the time of
this writing, I don't know its reputation as I declined to vote on
it either way (despite my dislike of merlyn's update). I suspect
however that it is hovering around 10 or so, right about where
it should be. Had the trolls not hit it, it would be what, 13?
This may be noise, but it isn't significantly altering the
stability of the voting system.
I would also love to be able to get Super Search to sort by reputation,
and I don't think trolls are numerous or determined enough to
thwart the system to the point that reputation would be unreliable, much
less useless. I too would prefer that all posts be voted on entirely on their own merits.
If this were a serious problem, we could keep all authors anonymous until voted, but that
would cause more problems than it would solve.
Finally I must add that the quality of writing and thinking
exhibited in this thread gives me only greater confidence
that the Monastery will survive any and all
attacks by small minded trolls.
I'd like to be able to assign to an luser
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