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SuggestionRescind mandatory comment on article low votes Pin
Nicholas Butler17-Oct-11 5:40
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Nicholas Butler21-Oct-11 2:14
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Pete O'Hanlon20-Oct-11 21:59
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Nicholas Butler21-Oct-11 1:18
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Pete O'Hanlon wrote:
Actually, I disagree. In the old days of the voting system, it was common for some authors to vote 1 to push articles out of the "latest best picks" articles so that their articles would be at the top. Now, a single vote of 1 is enough to push an article out of site, and consequently it never gets read.

It is annoying when someone votes on an article for reasons other than the merit of the article, but that's just the way of the world. People do all sorts of strange things for strange reasons. When I write articles, I accept that this is going to happen to a certain extent, but my experience is that most people vote on merit and that the overall score is a pretty good indicator of quality.

When mandatory comments were introduced, it reduced the number of low votes and I think that is a bad thing. It reduced the scale from 1-5 to 4-5, which made it harder to differentiate articles by quality and also skewed the ratings of all new articles relative to ones that were rated under the previous rules.


Pete O'Hanlon wrote:
Also, your approach presumes that there are enough selfless people willing to vote 5 to compensate. One of Nish's recent articles was viewed over a 1000 times before anybody bothered to vote at all; something that greatly irritated me because the article was an outstanding one. The standard deviation filter is useless in cases like this.

Again, my experience is different. I wouldn't call people who vote "selfless", I would call them polite. It takes a lot of effort to write a decent article and I think the least a reader can do is form an opinion and press a button. The problem has always been that there is not enough incentive for the reader to vote. Perhaps this needs some attention, but that's another discussion. The point here is that making it harder for people to vote is exactly the wrong thing to do.

If you look at existing articles, most have about 1 vote per 1,000 views. That's not great, although I don't know how many of the "views" are by site spiders. It might not be immediate, but over time a consensus is reached and with the new standard deviation filter ( a fantastic idea ), any anomalous votes are discarded. I think this is more valuable than the risk of being knocked off the "Latest Best Picks" by a single low vote. Even then, it doesn't take many 5's to filter out a 1-vote.

Pete O'Hanlon wrote:
So, I vote no to the anonymous voting.

I vote for anything that increases the number of votes cast, whether up or down. Mandatory comments put people off voting and also cause retaliatory voting - which can result in skewed scores for the targeted articles.

No system open to the public will be perfect, but I think mandatory comments cause more problems than they solve.

Cheers,
Nick
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Chris Maunder31-Oct-11 18:26
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Nish Nishant21-Oct-11 2:29
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Nicholas Butler21-Oct-11 2:48
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Nish Nishant21-Oct-11 3:04
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