[mb-users] More Quality AND More Quantity
joe at emenaker.com
Thu Aug 26 01:24:33 UTC 2004
John Carter wrote:
> --- Joe Emenaker <joe at emenaker.com> wrote:
>>This got me thinking about a "karma"-type system. I think it has
>>proposed before, but I propose some alterations.
>Hmmm... it all seems a bit too complicated.
Not necessarily. Every time someone enters a mod, the system fetches
their karma, fetches the base vote requirement for that type of mod,
fetches the adjustment for that artist or album, adds them together and
stores the ultimate vote requirement with the mod in the db.
>And I know it was just a side comment, but awarding karma for voting
>with the pack seems like a *really* bad idea!
Well, the idea was more aimed at identifying "bellwether" voters
(http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=bellwether). For example,
imagine if there was a MB voter whose vote always matched 100% with
whatever the ultimate outcome was going to be. Now, whether he/she had
really good judgement or if they could travel forward in time and see
the outcome.... it doesn't matter. What matters is that, statistically,
we could save a lot of voting if we just asked them *first* and took
their word for it.
By the same token, suppose there was someone who always seemed to vote
*opposite* to the ultimate outcome. We could save a lot of trouble by
just asking for their vote and *inverting* it.
Take *special* care to note that I'm not saying that such a system would
give us modding results that are always correct. Instead, it gives us
the modding results that we _were_going_to_get_ *anyway* through the
current karma-less modding system. So, why not just save everybody some
Granted, something like this *would* encourage people to vote "with the
pack", like you suggest.... but you can't *see* what the vote totals are
when you're voting on a mod, so it would be quite a hassle to try to
inflate your "voter karma" that way.
When freedom gives way to tyranny, it is not because tyranny comes
dressed as a wolf. Rather, it comes dressed as a shepherd,
pointing out other wolves. Go *read* the Patriot Act.
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