For what its worth:
I see little value in the concept of some posts being more valuable than others. When I read a thread, valuable posts should simply be marked as "valuable" regardless of how many votes they've received. The forum should keep track of votes, but it should not display them.
The way you identify great information is by the number of people who agree or confirm. IF 30 people vote on a post about engine management (for example) that truly would be a critical piece of info - so the total number of votes matters a lot.
It should not be possible to downvote a post that is not valuable, i.e., one that has zero votes. The voting system is about identifying valuable posts, not about identifying bad posts. Bad posts should be reported to the mods. That mechanism is already in place.
Disagree. The voting system should allow bad information to be hidden - its either wrong, irrelevant or off topic. The votes are also an indicator for the person who posted that 'this isn't good' - 5 negative votes = 'which part of the info you're supplying is worthless - you don't get'. So it works to inform posters if what they post is good/bad - so they can learn.
WhiteBlue wrote:I like the idea to exclude certain non technical threads from the voting system. Perhaps team and race threads are the most likely to get fanboy attraction and should be excluded from up voting.
Agree, to a point. I do enjoy reading and discussing the other areas of F1, such as marketing, consumer factors, history of the sport, philosophy of F1 and one could argue that technical topics are born from or are directly relatable to these 'non-technical' topics. Sometimes is nice to see a technical issue in conjunction with the reason for and against having them. It would be difficult to discern and separate that information moving forwards.
Personally, IMO, the members need to take greater responsibility. Those that can down-vote, should use them up. I am guilty of not using it, often as I do not wish to offend, but perhaps if I used my voting to sort out some of the drivel and others do too, then that will help. I will start from today to down-vote off-topic and info which I deem irrelevant. If the mods can give some feedback (I assume they can monitor what we vote on) then that will help them and help us.
The voting system currently is good. Not great, not perfect, but its not bad either. If long standing members and those with the privilege to cast votes - use them as intended - the system will work and will work well.