Speaking as perfect "5," I really loved the system as it was! (Okay, I only had one vote, but I`ll take it where I can get it!) Thank you, whoever you are!
I can definitely see where this kind of rating system could be abused - and be hurtful. I would suggest that if ratings are necessary at all, how about making them "invisible," i.e., only accessible by you and other people in the need-to- know department. Then, periodically, you could post the top "winners" - the consistently highest rated individuals - as recognition of their popularity due to their contributions to the rest of us.
Just my thoughts . . .
I think there needs to be some mechanism to decrease the number of posts that are not related to the topic being discussed. I have seen threads that include posts that are completely off topic. I think readers tune in to the topic to hear about that topic and not just somebody speaking to hear the sound of his/her own voice. We`ve all read the long rambling posts and asked, "what is this guy saying and how is it relevant to the topic?" I understand the desire to prevent ratings as a mechanism for "revenge." I also think there needs to be some sort of red flag for those posts and posters that don`t know how to read something and exercise some restraint.
If the topic is “the price of tea in china”, readers don’t need or want to read a post about panda bears in china or bamboo shoots in china and other things that are simply not contributing to the exchange of information on that topic. I think this is merely common sense and common courtesy. Unfortunately, it appears to be not common enough.
How about a SuN electoral college system. Allow voting by everyone all the time but not show results right away. Then monthly or quarterly allow the SuN Team members to score or top original posters to rate on a standard of Good - Better - Best advice or Bronze, Silver or Gold members.
However, this may be more involved than SuN team members want.
And how about not call it voting - call it member feedback. The meaning of voting has really changed in this country since 2000.
I`m afraid until SuN is a monthly member fee service, there will always be problems.
Or... maybe voting should be done away with altogether.
We definitely need a better voting policy. At least basic rules.
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