Moxie wrote:I judge the posts as I read them, and form my own opinion about which posters tend to provide useful information, and well developed opinions.
That, for me, is what the voting is for. If you think a post has merit, vote for it. If you think someone is just being a smart a$$ for no other reason than to be a smart a$$, then down vote it. Voting is a good thing, because peopel will see it and should
consider what it says more or less, than a zero post. But this comes at a cost of morons who down vote for no other reason than to 'punish' you. But such is life.
Your opinion matters - so voice it. I can't speak for you, but I have basically no technical skill, yet I get votes from time to time and I think those votes reflect either a positive opinion on something or perhaps an insight into a topic that has not been mentioned - or a copy/pasta - which works well too for some. That's all I can offer F1T.
F1 is more than nuts and bolts. There is marketing, management, business, history, future.... so many things that make the sport, all of which are intrinsically linked and need each other. So to have a forum based solely on engines, while refusing to discuss why those engines are required - seems to miss a huge technical point - but that's just me.
The voting says to rate a post as "valuable" - in this context, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Some people miss that point.....