flynfrog wrote:or if you vote up a non technical post you lose your voting rights.
There is this possibility for mods to revoke a user's voting permissions, no matter what their reputation is.
I can tell you we're checking almost daily at what gets voted up or down, and there are trends appearing. We're watching that to prevent abuse. So far this is not used and we prefer not to, but we are voting on posts constantly, just like you guys are
As the tooltips say, the voting system is there to vote valuable posts. Not necessarily things that you agree with. People misusing this will be handled with as we see fit.
Also, rep = votes is a correct system as applied almost everywhere where similar systems are implemented. At least now people know what reputation is. I know a few sites though who increase rep by a certain amount when users reach some rep, just to underline the user's value. Perhaps we will need this too, but it's not present atm.
Opening up the system for everyone is also not going to happen, no matter what are the arguments. One rep to be allowed voting is a simple and small requirement which every reasonable user can easily reach. Many users have already reached this and are voting post they find useful.
As said before though, the voting system is not a fixed item, and we're all open to suggestions for changes.
PS: Voting in off-topic chat and this forum has been disabled btw.