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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:15 AM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:17 AM
The lounge kills reputation if you are even a little bit controversial. Being a libertarian catholic, I was doomed from the start.
With 2,321 posts you really got the short end of the stick with 56 rep points then. As a technical point. if one starts an account and posts one post.. two people can vote that post up, thus allowing their reputation to exceed the total number of posts. The actual ceiling is infinite, which makes 56 look even smaller.
This is kind of the best argument against a like/dislike button for me. It's very ambiguous and makes the reputation kind of useless. Someone can be a helpful asshole and have low rep. Someone can also be a non-controversial asshole and get high rep. Someone could be unhelpful but very nice and even bow out after they've been corrected and have low rep. Even more of the problem is that you have to factor in the type of people that will generally vote and how frequently they will vote. For example, I only ever vote on things that make me laugh or things that have a huge correct information density, I'm sure some people vote on everything, and others probably don't vote period. Others will just vote for people they like/don't like every time they see them regardless of post content (vocal minority problem).
What always confuses me about something as simple as a "like" button is that I don't know on which "scale" I'm supposed to rate the post. Do I "like" the way it is presented? Was the content useful to me? do I agree with what was written?