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Re: Re: Googlish approach to voting/XP?

by Dog and Pony (Priest)
on Aug 06, 2003 at 20:52 UTC ( #281582=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Googlish approach to voting/XP?
in thread Googlish approach to voting/XP?

Don't give XP for votes AT ALL. I think it encourages people to vote when they shouldn't.

I disagree. Giving XP for votes encourages new users to start voting. As you rise in ranks, XP becomes less important (for most, I'm pretty sure at least - especially as it makes less and less difference to the total) but by then you have gotten into the habit of voting.

Of course people vote when they shouldn't, but generally, good nodes rise and bad nodes doesn't just the same. The votes on frontpaged nodes and the first posts are another matter however. ;-)

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Re: Re: Re: Googlish approach to voting/XP?
by eric256 (Parson) on Aug 06, 2003 at 20:58 UTC

    I'd like to see voting scores as a way to compare posts to each other. If you search and get several responses, it would be nice to think that there is a correlation between the votes and how good the answer is. So if you had 20 responses you could say well that ones average vote is higher so its at least more likely (thoeriticaly) to be a better, more thought out answer. I suppose now you have the same thing, but people can only vote ++ or --, so you don't get a feel for quality, just overall weather it okay or not.

    I think that at least removing XP from the equation would stop people form ++'ing just because and only vote when the post realy screams "I'm good!' or "i suck!"

    Eric Hodges

      And I see voting as a way to mark for myself whether I've seen that post or not. Sometimes when really interesting threads come by I'll just vote on every single node in the thread so that I can come back later and notice if there is anything new.

      The problem with your theory of post quality corresponding exactly to magnitude of sum of votes for a node is sub-optimal. It may be, for instance, that Bob posted the same reponse or quesiton Jon is about to two years ago on Christmas Eve, and nobody noticed so it got no readership nor votes to speak of. Wheras Jon, posts on a dreary winter Sunday afternoon (or Friday afternoon around 3-5PM ;-).

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        I fail to see how the current system is any better though. It not a perfect solution. I don't think there is a perfect solution and there is no way to have any vote correspond exactly to a posts quality. On the other hand if it where an average of votes then one from long ago with 10 high votes would rank just as well as a recent one with 100 high votes, so actualy it would work better than the current votes.

        Eric Hodges

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