in reply to Googlish approach to voting/XP?

Interesting ideas. I had some others to add:

  1. Don't give XP for votes AT ALL. I think it encourages people to vote when they shouldn't.
  2. Provide another voting option of 00 to forfit your vote on the topic. - Sometimes i don't want to vote, but want to know how much other monks agree/disagree with a post. Most times this can be told by comments but occasionaly it would be nice
  3. Provide ++ + 00 - -- as voting options. Maybe decide based on a monks level how wide they can vary there vote. This way if one person realy aggrees, and another one kinda doesn't you get more of a feel for that. Also it would allow for an average, Average Vote: 1.2 it would also allow for weighting based on a the voting monks level
  4. If the above is done, expereince could always be based on the old model, but the average vote could be nice.
Eric Hodges

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Re: Re: Googlish approach to voting/XP?
by Dog and Pony (Priest) on Aug 06, 2003 at 20:52 UTC
    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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      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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