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Re: Voting on messages: a way to resolve the mailing list problems

On Sun, 21 Dec 2008, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:35:14AM +0000, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > * "Vocal minority" dominates "silent majority" by contributing a 
> > disproportionate amount of list traffic, [...]
> Note that voting can have a similar drawback -- in that if you've got
> enough like-minded people voting for a particular viewpoint (eg, "Joe
> Random sucks, give him what for!") people with a different viewpoint
> (eg, "stop berating people, argh") aren't going to bother voting ("the
> score's already +50, why bother with a -1?"). This seems to happen on
> digg a fair bit. Probably someting to be aware of.

Contrary to digg, a discussion offers multiple opportunities to vote
because there are several messages and each one defends a particular

Would it make sense to use positive rating for the content
of messages ("me too") and negative rating to tag messages which have been
too rude/impolite or even off-topic ?

That way there's no “battle” between +1 and -1 raters. 

Raphaël Hertzog

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