|XP is just a number|
Re: Re: Downvoting -- No XPby BlueBlazerRegular (Friar)
|on May 24, 2002 at 17:19 UTC||Need Help??|
Only 8 months?! ++ to you, leaving me only 4 votes for the rest of the day!
But seriously - <caveat>I'm benefiting from the XP bonus you get from voting, so I'm possibly not the most objective person for this</caveat> - I think the current process is pretty good. I don't go through and spread my votes (all 8 of them - whoo-hoo!) willy-nilly (I actually try and understand what is being said), but I can see the potential for abuse. You don't need to even read a post to vote on it - sure it's on the screen but you can easily go to SoPW and '++' or '--' each post randomly and get the same benefits as someone who has used their votes wisely.
Possible Solution #1
Maybe we could add a minimum posting requirement - to move up to the next level you have to have had at least as many posts (including replies) as you'll get in votes at the next level. For example, I couldn't get to scribe (12 votes) without having made at least 12 posts. The XP system would continue to be part of this so I would need 100 XP plus the 12 posts to move up.
The opportunity for abuse is available here as well, although it does require a bit more effort on my part, as I have to post to move up (similar to the 'Publish or Perish' issue with University folks). Of course, anytime you post you have the danger of being downvoted, so stupid or filler posts would be detrimental to your XP health, so yet even more effort would have to go into moving up.
Possible Solution #2
And yet another possibility is requiring that a certain percentage of your XP come from votes on your Writeups. The percentage could be fixed for all levels or could be variable depending on level.
Wow. This was originally going to be a semi-glib one-liner. I guess I care about this issue more than I thought.
I must admit that I look at XP as a sign of experience/knowledge and that I want to move up. When I started and had nothing then I didn't care. Now that I've got a few XP, I want more. Of course, if I wanted the XP enough, I would put in a post that covers old ground in a hopefully new way. I'd also make sure to put it in Meditations with a catchy name so it got more views. Wait - is it too late to make this reply its own node? :)