Originally Posted by Mr McC
Why is it assumed that "relevant and useful content" will be sifted to the top via the voting system?
Because if someone finds a piece of information relevant or useful I would mark it as such, flag it, check box it. Whatever. The more clicks a thread or post receives the higher it would show in the search results. Just another method of sorting search results based on user input.
Sure we do have people that would find a way to abuse it. However I think it would be a great way to find topics easier and really it wouldn't change the layout of the site in anyway. Just another way to sort data, but from a end user perspective.
Maybe there is a way I can create a FireFox extension (which I am looking into) that will crawl a thread and get the total number of "thanks" then if you have the extension installed you could see how many total thanks were given in a specific thread. This would give you a good idea + common sense on whether a thread is really useful, or just a thanks circle jerk. That would avoid a lot of the potential abuse.
Much like the extension used for Reddit that shows comment karma.... Huh? What about that>?
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