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Re^3: Thoughtless voting?

by CountZero (Bishop)
on Jan 30, 2011 at 17:53 UTC ( #885136=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Thoughtless voting?
in thread Thoughtless voting?


Yes, indeed I meant that "Each of our assessment of value is a private right. It is the very essence of voting". We up- and downvote for all the right and wrong reasons one can think of. And we only have to answer to our own conscience for such voting.

Of course there is nothing wrong with expressing from time to time our personal ideas about how one should vote. See it as the public statements made by politicians around election time. But alone in the voting booth, it is again you and your conscience.

And nobody should try to put someone extra in the voting booth to check if you are voting the right way.

I guess that is what I find a bit unsettling about the OP's suggestions. For instance "Penalizing upvotes where some sufficient (...) ratio of Monks have downvoted a node". It is the equivalent of someone looking over your shoulder to check if you have voted the way a good boy (or girl) should have done.

Freedom of conscience -- freedom of speech -- freedom to vote anyway you like. Some rights just cannot stand any restrictions.


A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

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Re^4: Thoughtless voting?
by ww (Archbishop) on Jan 30, 2011 at 20:04 UTC
    Thank you for that very positive contribution to the conversation (rant, burning-at-the-stake, whatever).

    Here's why: your observation crystalized my thinking on one of the strawmen in the OP: rather than having Censors/Editors/whoever posting a value judgement, maybe a better idea (for comment; I haven't married this one, either) would be that they should post

    Please read How should I spend my votes? -- General Voting Guidelines before voting.

    or, perhaps even better, incorporate that -- prominently (red & bold, anyone?) -- in relevant page headers and stress it in the sitedocs (for the benefit of those who actually have the courtesy and take the trouble to read them). Some, of course, will still ignore the admonition (but I'm a little light on belief in the perfectibility of humankind today, anyway), as they ignore the hint below text-entry boxes,

    "Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!"

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