Tomba wrote:.....there will soon be the possibility for mods to disable voting per threads.......That's still up for discussion.
I'd like to put forth an argument against
locking threads from voting.
Do you want an inclusive community with vibrant debate or exclusivity with just the 5 of you?
If you choose to lock any thread that isn't purely 'technical' or not deemed worthy enough, you could isolate a vast majority of members. We're not all engineering guru's - and some of us prefer to post comments on various other aspects of F1 - some of those comments people like and vote for (or against too). We can't all be Jersey Tom, or Bhallg2k, or Gato Azul etc. So you'll be excluding members like me from gaining votes unless I suddenly master the ability to know pressure values at every speed against every surface type........ does that mean my opinion is worth less than theirs?
You're trying to stop a running nose by cutting it off. Cutting it off, blocking it up, or any other patch apart from treating the source, is folly. It's the members that abuse a perfectly workable system - so focus on those members.
Let's look at a perfect example - mnmracer. When he first started getting votes (Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:50 am) he mainly languished in negative land - basically because he was posting rubbish. Then the light went on. It clicked for him. He went from being negative nelly to rank 19 in a great run of posts from early Dec 2012 and, as of posting, his reputation changes (if you check) are all mainly +1's now with a real trend up. A huge difference to his early forays.
So we've managed to alter a members behaviour for the better of all of us. The system wasn't broken for him then and it's not broken for him now. He changed his approach. The audience responded.
F1 Technical is huge wealth of information - not just F1. If you allow that information to be posted, you must allow it to be judged. This allows all of us an opportunity to grow, to learn and to have our views assessed by peers.
To limit what views can be expressed, voted for (or against) and agreed too, is what some countries do...... don't take the easy way out.