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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, but 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.

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In reply to Re: Re (tilly) 5: Posting "Other Users" on potential personality voters from now on by Albannach
in thread Posting "Other Users" on potential personality voters from now on by merlyn

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