Interesting idea, but to paraphrase Ovid
, this is a solution looking for a problem. I don't think it would improve the Perl Monks experience (no pun intended).
In fact, the nice thing about never seeing the current rep of a node you haven't voted on (well, except for Best Nodes and Worst Nodes) is that you are forced to take the post at face value.
I know there are some Monks whose posts I pay much more attention to, but I don't ++ anyone unless I feel their post has added something to the discussion, either by way of providing new information or a new approach, or warnings about what not to do.
I occasionally use the dreaded -- when a post is a waste of bandwidth, or, on rare occasions, when I strongly disagree with the writer. The reputation of a node is feedback, but that feedback is only allowed after you've cast your vote.
I don't think adding an abstention option would add anything to the current system.
but my friends call me T.
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