mx_tifoso wrote:But something of great importance is that voters should be held accountable for their actions, in that if we notice that someone is abusing a specific member by only voting them down we can take away their voting rights asap.
Steven, will there be a way to view a members voting history?
This idea by itself is showing the basic fault of a simple system. The moderators already have super powers. It is not their opinion that the system is supposed to express. The users should vote in the content system and moderators in that system should be treated exactly like any other user. One man one vote. And no manipulations by moderators.
A fair system publishes the reputation status of each member but only the member himself should be able to see where his status comes from. Perhaps mods can also view the rep account of members but they must not be allowed to manipulate it. The users will very quickly hate a system that is manipulated by the mods.
The double book keeping that I proposed could be a little expanded by the following proposal:
You have consent and disagree buttons at each post. If a user pushes the buttons one positive or negative rep point is added to the authors name and record if the user pushing the button still has rep points to spend. As I said before each user should be able to spend only 10 rep points per week and only one per user and day. A variable number of points - depending of the voting power of the voter - is added to the thread which contains that post. That way the voting is kept simple. The book keeping is different for the content and the users. Perhaps users with very high reputation are given some few extra points per week like fifteen instead of ten.
So the difference between content voting and rep voting is that every push of the buttons registers in the content system but the rep score is carefully filtered by the system to prevent abuse.
The users total of rep points is displayed in his box with the number of his posts. The thread points are added to the thread statistics. If the voting user has high rep it multiplies his points added to the thread.
A good thread is a thread that has many positive points per post. That way the users have a good feed back which threads to read. They do not need feed back about single posts. They can make up their own mind which posts to click with thumbs up or down.
If you introduce a system at all - which is not an idea I generally like - such a system could be met with relatively high user approval.