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What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby dandan14 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:54 pm

Often a post can have lots of posts/replies but not be valuable. Then there can be a hidden gem with only a few replies, but tons of value.
What the forum needs really badly is the ability to up-vote. You see this on sites like Reddit.com and on forums like fatwallet.com. With that feature, it becomes much easier to locate the most valuable content.

Surely there is a phpbb mod for this.

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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Sidney » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:57 pm

I seem to recall that this has come up before. I believe the forum admins have said that they don't support this idea.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby dandan14 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:08 pm

I'd be curious to hear their rationale. Seems like a very useful thing.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby livesoft » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:11 pm

Hidden gems end up in the Wiki anyways, don't they?
It's all about short-term opportunistic rebalancing due to a short-term change in one's asset allocation, uh, I mean opportunistic rebalancing, uh I mean rebalancing, uh I mean market timing.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby NoVa Lurker » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:13 pm

Another option would be to allow users to select "favorite" threads. Then we could check the favorites of certain people, or possibly search by which threads received the most favorites.

However, I appreciate the simplicity and speed of the current bogleheads.org interface, and I defer to the admins/moderators if they have determined that changes like these would hamper that simplicity/speed.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby dandan14 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:17 pm

livesoft wrote:Hidden gems end up in the Wiki anyways, don't they?


Yes...but someone has to pick those. With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Fallible » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:35 pm

dandan14 wrote:Often a post can have lots of posts/replies but not be valuable. Then there can be a hidden gem with only a few replies, but tons of value.
What the forum needs really badly is the ability to up-vote. You see this on sites like Reddit.com and on forums like fatwallet.com. With that feature, it becomes much easier to locate the most valuable content.

Surely there is a phpbb mod for this.

Thoughts?

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Here's a link to a previous thread, including a link from LadyGeek, that I think addresses the situation: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=107329&p=1559500. For many of the reasons mentioned,
I agree the forum does not need this kind of voting.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby livesoft » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:16 pm

dandan14 wrote:
livesoft wrote:Hidden gems end up in the Wiki anyways, don't they?


Yes...but someone has to pick those. With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.


If a hidden gem gets a lot of responses with the words "This should go in the Wiki!", then does that not solve the problem? Plus one can see who is doing the voting that way, too. :) Or one could responde "Wiki Worthy!"
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby sscritic » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:20 pm

dandan14 wrote: With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.

Not only are some threads more valuable than others, some opinions are more valuable than others. First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best. But before that, we have to crowdsource the voting weights of the voters voting for those with the most valuable opinions on threadworthiness.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Peter Foley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:30 pm

I too recall a thread not long ago about voting on threads. I thought there were good reasons not too. If the real concern is that some "gem" is missed, there is always the opportunity to e-mail someone on the advisory board and ask if the information can be added to the Wiki. I have forwarded a few suggestions in the past and have found the advisory board to be very thoughtful and receptive.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby gkaplan » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:41 pm

What's a crowdsource?
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby MathWizard » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:41 pm

This forum is much better due to the lack of such mechanisms.

I have way too much respect for the people on this board to support a like or upvote/downvote button.

There is a free exchange of ideas, and good ideas abound.

I've been in lots of forums over the years back to the network news days, and this forum ranks up there with
the most civil and informative forums I have ever particpated in. The only ones that even came close were where
every post was pre-screened by moderators. That was a daunting task that burnt out mods quickly, at which time the forum
went downhill.

If you have a favorite contributor, click on the screen-name and you can see all their posts
and you could then look through the discussions they have been involved in.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby baw703916 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:48 pm

gkaplan wrote:What's a crowdsource?


It's more or less the same mechanism which determines what percentage of TSM will be invested in which company.

Of course for it to work efficiently we will need some arbitrageurs who can short on thread and go long another. ;)
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby greg24 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:58 pm

I upvote your upvote
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Fallible » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:26 pm

sscritic wrote:
dandan14 wrote: With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.

Not only are some threads more valuable than others, some opinions are more valuable than others. First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best. But before that, we have to crowdsource the voting weights of the voters voting for those with the most valuable opinions on threadworthiness.


In other words, who decides who votes?
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby rustymutt » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:29 pm

dandan14 wrote:
livesoft wrote:Hidden gems end up in the Wiki anyways, don't they?


Yes...but someone has to pick those. With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.


Actually, just the opposite occurrs also, if the wrong person is picking favorites. Bad ideal on a open forum like this.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby poundwise » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:03 pm

This subject has indeed come up before, but I think there have been some unverified assumptions about the relationship between upvotes and forum civility.

We have all seen uncivilized forums like fatwallet, slickdeals and others, which make use of rating mechanisms. But I can't imagine that it is the rating mechanisms that are *causing* the incivility. Instead, it is the lack of dedicated moderation, the lack of principled guidelines about what constitutes civil behavior, and the younger-skewing population that is naturally attracted to those forums.

Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators, strict principles, and subject matter that attracts a potentially more respectful user base. Many of the stackexchange forums share these bogleheads qualities, yet employ excellent and phenomenally useful ratings mechanisms -- evidence that civilized discussion and upvotes can co-exist.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Tyr0ne » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:29 pm

poundwise wrote:Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators, strict principles, and subject matter that attracts a potentially more respectful user base. Many of the stackexchange forums share these bogleheads qualities, yet employ excellent and phenomenally useful ratings mechanisms -- evidence that civilized discussion and upvotes can co-exist.


+1. As long as this holds true, the mechanisms this forum utilizes should not dictate the civility or quality of content. And while I do also think this forum is perfectly fine the way it is, its frustrating to know that I miss a lot of good quality content because I have no way of knowing which thread or which page of which thread has such "hidden gems," and time never permits reading each and every post. IMO, there are way too many "hidden gems" throughout a given day or week to rely solely on the wiki.

Either way, the moderators have my deepest respect and gratitude for this forum, and I will support whatever they see fit.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby LadyGeek » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:59 pm

Fallible wrote:Here's a link to a previous thread, including a link from LadyGeek, that I think addresses the situation: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=107329&p=1559500. For many of the reasons mentioned,
I agree the forum does not need this kind of voting.

:thumbsup The link in human readable form: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts? . For an example of how to game the system, see: I Wish There Was. "Like" Button

poundwise wrote:...Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators, strict principles, and subject matter that attracts a potentially more respectful user base. Many of the stackexchange forums share these bogleheads qualities, yet employ excellent and phenomenally useful ratings mechanisms -- evidence that civilized discussion and upvotes can co-exist.

Thanks (also thanks to Tyr0ne for the complement). I agree that upvotes can exist, but look at the conditions to post on About - Stack Exchange:

We welcome questions that are clear and specific, representing real problems that you face; Stack Exchange is not the place for conversation, opinions, or socializing.

It's either a question or it's not allowed. There's not much thought to upvoting and moderating questions is a slam dunk.

In this forum, the purpose is for meaningful conversations, opinions, and socializing - the diametric opposite to asking a question. Moderating here requires effort, and voting would add to that burden. So, to keep moderators sane, this is another reason to not incorporate voting.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Latecomer » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:15 pm

I like it just the way it is. Thanks so much to the moderators for keeping things flowing!
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby lucky3 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:24 pm

......is 1. An easy way to refer someone to a previous thread if the same question is asked.

...... 2. Meaningless questions like the one from The Munchkin Man asking about what type of wallet you prefer. Why is this question of importance or of interest to anyone? The board administrator should be a bit more discriminating and omit posts that simply wastes people time.

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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby CABob » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:41 pm

Or how about a way to "like" and "dislike" conversations or perhaps assign plusses and minuses to a conversation which would cause it to go up or down on the list?

... Oh wait, the old M* had that feature at one time which was one of the reasons for its downfall.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Rosebud » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:49 am

Latecomer wrote:I like it just the way it is. Thanks so much to the moderators for keeping things flowing!


I agree.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Call_Me_Op » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:41 am

I think the "value" of any thread is subjective, and up to each individual reader to assess for themselves.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby richard » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:56 am

lucky3 wrote:Meaningless questions like the one from The Munchkin Man asking about what type of wallet you prefer. Why is this question of importance or of interest to anyone? The board administrator should be a bit more discriminating and omit posts that simply wastes people time.

It got 20 responses. It clearly was of interest to MM and those who bothered to respond. It is clearly on-topic for the personal consumer issues forum.

If you think a question is of no importance, ignore it, a task made easier by a clear subject. What did you think a thread captioned "What Type Of Wallet Do You Prefer?" would discuss?

The moderators should not be deciding the value of posts or threads, beyond making sure they follow the rules.

If we're voting, I vote against a like button.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Grt2bOutdoors » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:26 am

dandan14 wrote:Often a post can have lots of posts/replies but not be valuable. Then there can be a hidden gem with only a few replies, but tons of value.
Surely there is a phpbb mod for this.

Thoughts?

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Value is in the eye of the beholder, Dan. Consider the forum to be an online classroom where everyone's input adds something to the conversation, the use of upvote/down or lack of voting for that matter would just serve to encourage/discourage the free exchange of ideas/thoughts/experience.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby gw » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:39 am

Fallible wrote:
sscritic wrote:
dandan14 wrote: With voting, you crowdsource that and automatically find/sort the most valuable and interesting threads.

Not only are some threads more valuable than others, some opinions are more valuable than others. First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best. But before that, we have to crowdsource the voting weights of the voters voting for those with the most valuable opinions on threadworthiness.


In other words, who decides who votes?


These are solved problems.

E.g., www.stackexchange.com
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby sscritic » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:48 am

gw wrote:
Fallible wrote:
sscritic wrote: First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best.

In other words, who decides who votes?

These are solved problems.
E.g., http://www.stackexchange.com

I went there, but I didn't see that the crowdsourcing voting is weighted at stackexchange. It appears that everyone gets the same vote. That is not consistent with the notion that some opinions about a post are more useful than others. Please show me where at stackexchange it says that the better members have a larger voice in the voting on the better posts. If you believe that some posts are better than others it seems logical to also believe that some voters are better than others.

P.S. Don't forget the go two layers down. Not only do you need to vote on articles, you need to vote on which voters get more say, and then back up one more level and vote on which voters for the voters with more say get more say. But don't stop there, go back another level.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby sscritic » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:02 am

OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?


I vote no and 63. There are worse threads, but not that many. I am only here because I am retired and need to fill up my empty days.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby richard » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:16 am

sscritic wrote:
gw wrote:
Fallible wrote:
sscritic wrote: First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best.

In other words, who decides who votes?

These are solved problems.
E.g., http://www.stackexchange.com

I went there, but I didn't see that the crowdsourcing voting is weighted at stackexchange. It appears that everyone gets the same vote. That is not consistent with the notion that some opinions about a post are more useful than others. Please show me where at stackexchange it says that the better members have a larger voice in the voting on the better posts. If you believe that some posts are better than others it seems logical to also believe that some voters are better than others.

P.S. Don't forget the go two layers down. Not only do you need to vote on articles, you need to vote on which voters get more say, and then back up one more level and vote on which voters for the voters with more say get more say. But don't stop there, go back another level.

stackexchange.com (or at least the parts I'm familiar with, such as stackoverflow.com) works largely because the questions asked have answers that tend to be objectively right or wrong and because most of those who vote are very knowledgeable. Participants get scores based on how well they answer questions (although how well is the judgment of other participants). If someone says "this computer code will do that" it's easy to test whether they are right or wrong.

The model doesn't really carry over to this forum.

Research shows that those who answer questions with a great deal of confidence tend to be the most believed, but that confidence in predictions doesn't correlate well with accuracy (often quite the opposite).
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby BBL » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:41 am

sscritic wrote:OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?


I vote no and 63. There are worse threads, but not that many. I am only here because I am retired and need to fill up my empty days.


A valuable use of my time? No. Should anyone else read it? By the time they get this far down they're in sunk-cost territory either way. :D

Rank? Not as low as 63 but not nearly as good as that DOW thread where magician recently used the word 'stupidly' twice in a post. That's gold, folks. :beer
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Default User BR » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:54 am

sscritic wrote:OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?

Any threads dealing with potential changes to the forum are important, and a valuable use of "forum time". I'm not sure that any forum use is particularly valuable anymore outside of an entertainment context. I learned lots of stuff early on that made a difference in how I manage my investments. Now, it's rare that I learn anything new, let alone something applicable to my life. I think the last thing was the thread that mentioned adapters for playing ipods with a cassette stereo.


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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby patriciamgr2 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:27 pm

Reading this thread has convinced me that (1) I need to consult the Wiki more frequently & (2) all of us should recommend certain posts for consideration as topics for future Wiki sections

As to learning something from the Forum, I continue to find it extremely valuable. I posted a question about how to analyze whether I was still getting inflation protection from highly-appreciated TIPS issues & got responses that were thoughtful, informed and genuinely helpful. The quality of many posts on this Forum is incredible.

Many, many forum members respond to the posts about consumer issues. So, while not all of those threads interest me, I would be reluctant to see the Forum try to discourage them as long as they meet guidelines.

By the way, thanks to Forum moderators for the great job they do.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby jebmke » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:47 pm

sscritic wrote:OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?


I vote no and 63. There are worse threads, but not that many. I am only here because I am retired and need to fill up my empty days.


We need an icon next to certain threads.

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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Pacific » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:01 pm

sscritic wrote:OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?


I vote no and 63. There are worse threads, but not that many. I am only here because I am retired and need to fill up my empty days.


:oops: Shame on you sscritic! You asked THREE questions and only gave TWO answers. You will now be downvoted/uncrowdsourced. But, I can say I knew you when.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Levett » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:02 pm

I just want to thank sscritic for introducing the concept of "threadworthiness."

I seem to remember that term from Plato's Republic (or was it Pluto's Republic?). :happy

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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby Alex Frakt » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:16 pm

It's not going to happen here. I participate in many forums that allow different forms of voting and there are two issues that can not be overcome. The first is that these things are too easily gamed. It's quite common for certain posters or topics to get automatic up or downvotes, regardless of the quality of a particular post. Worse, it also changes the character of the conversation as posters start pandering for up-votes or avoiding posting after a downvote. For most posters, this happens subconsciously, but it absolutely does happen.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby sscritic » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:22 pm

patriciamgr2 wrote:Reading this thread has convinced me that (1) I need to consult the Wiki more frequently & (2) all of us should recommend certain posts for consideration as topics for future Wiki sections

(3) Use the search box before posting on a topic that has already been covered numerous times.

Now if only the forum software could put the search box so you could find it.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby sscritic » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:24 pm

Pacific wrote:
sscritic wrote:OK. Let's vote. Who thinks that reading this thread and posting in it has been a valuable use of your time? Should anyone else waste their time reading it? How would you rank this thread among the over 100 threads now on the front page?


I vote no and 63. There are worse threads, but not that many. I am only here because I am retired and need to fill up my empty days.


:oops: Shame on you sscritic! You asked THREE questions and only gave TWO answers. You will now be downvoted/uncrowdsourced. But, I can say I knew you when.

But two of them required a yes or a no and one required a number. My no was an extraordinarily valuable no as it answered two questions at once.
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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby LiamLC » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:29 pm

I wouldn't mind this as long as there is no system to track how many upvotes each user gets. Every forum with such a system gets ruined by it because it becomes an end to which people post rather than a means to improve one's posts.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby interplanetjanet » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:12 pm

MathWizard wrote:I've been in lots of forums over the years back to the network news days, and this forum ranks up there with
the most civil and informative forums I have ever particpated in.

As a fellow participant in Usenet and a survivor of the September that never ended, I can think of no more ironic thing to say than "me too!". ;)

I have been hoping for a forum like this with a comparable maturity level since then. Don't fix what isn't broken.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Default User BR » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:43 pm

interplanetjanet wrote:
MathWizard wrote:I've been in lots of forums over the years back to the network news days, and this forum ranks up there with the most civil and informative forums I have ever particpated in.

As a fellow participant in Usenet and a survivor of the September that never ended, I can think of no more ironic thing to say than "me too!". ;)

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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby 2stepsbehind » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:21 pm

poundwise wrote:Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators


I wouldn't go so far. Zealous, yes, to the point where they shut down legitimate areas of discussion.
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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby Default User BR » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:00 pm

2stepsbehind wrote:
poundwise wrote:Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators

I wouldn't go so far. Zealous, yes, to the point where they shut down legitimate areas of discussion.

Having once moderated a forum myself, a truism is that you will NEVER get everyone to agree with what should be "legitimate areas of discussion". Someone has to make the call. So as long as the moderators are consistent (and I think they are) I have no beef. I might not like the call in every case, but it's the site owner's prerogative to set the rules and the moderators' to enforce.


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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby Fallible » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:18 pm

Default User BR wrote:
2stepsbehind wrote:
poundwise wrote:Bogleheads, by contrast, has fantastic moderators

I wouldn't go so far. Zealous, yes, to the point where they shut down legitimate areas of discussion.

Having once moderated a forum myself, a truism is that you will NEVER get everyone to agree with what should be "legitimate areas of discussion". Someone has to make the call. So as long as the moderators are consistent (and I think they are) I have no beef. I might not like the call in every case, but it's the site owner's prerogative to set the rules and the moderators' to enforce.

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IMO, our moderators not only go by the rules, they often trot them out when locking or taking other action on a thread so we can see (and be reminded of) the rules. Also, I feel that if a solid, reasonable case were made against a rule, the moderators would seriously consider it and possibly change it or let us know why they had decided not to change it. Other forums I've been on lack these features and it inevitably shows in the deteriorating quality of the posts and eventually the forum overall. We are lucky to have this forum.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby ziszew » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:35 pm

Levett wrote:I just want to thank sscritic for introducing the concept of "threadworthiness."

I seem to remember that term from Plato's Republic (or was it Pluto's Republic?). :happy

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I thought "threadworthiness" was something I looked for when buying sheets..
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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby pjstack » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:57 pm

As I recall, "voting" was the was one of the reasons we left the original MorningStar forum.

"Up" or "down" voting can be a huge troll attractor.

I prefer the forum as it is now.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby Austintatious » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:59 pm

interplanetjanet wrote:

Don't fix what isn't broken.


I agree. It ain't perfect but it's pretty darned good. When I first signed on, I thought there was a time or two when the moderators may have jumped the gun. I now know that I was wrong. They do a very good job handling a difficult and absolutely necessary task, without which the quality of this forum would rapidly deteriorate, human nature being the untidy thing that it is. And isn't the phrase "Don't fix what isn't broken" somewhere on the Wiki or in that little red book?
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Re: What the forum is missing... [ability to upvote posts]

Postby david99 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:12 pm

Alex Frakt wrote:It's not going to happen here. I participate in many forums that allow different forms of voting and there are two issues that can not be overcome. The first is that these things are too easily gamed. It's quite common for certain posters or topics to get automatic up or downvotes, regardless of the quality of a particular post. Worse, it also changes the character of the conversation as posters start pandering for up-votes or avoiding posting after a downvote. For most posters, this happens subconsciously, but it absolutely does happen.


I agree with Alex -- voting will influence or prevent the free flow of ideas. What makes this site great is the moderators and the free flow of ideas and opinions.
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Re: What the forum is missing...

Postby gw » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:55 pm

richard wrote:
sscritic wrote:
gw wrote:
Fallible wrote:
sscritic wrote: First we need to crowdsource who gets the most votes during the crowdsourcing of valuable threads before we can crowdsource which threads are the best.

In other words, who decides who votes?

These are solved problems.
E.g., http://www.stackexchange.com

I went there, but I didn't see that the crowdsourcing voting is weighted at stackexchange. It appears that everyone gets the same vote. That is not consistent with the notion that some opinions about a post are more useful than others. Please show me where at stackexchange it says that the better members have a larger voice in the voting on the better posts. If you believe that some posts are better than others it seems logical to also believe that some voters are better than others.

P.S. Don't forget the go two layers down. Not only do you need to vote on articles, you need to vote on which voters get more say, and then back up one more level and vote on which voters for the voters with more say get more say. But don't stop there, go back another level.

stackexchange.com (or at least the parts I'm familiar with, such as stackoverflow.com) works largely because the questions asked have answers that tend to be objectively right or wrong and because most of those who vote are very knowledgeable. Participants get scores based on how well they answer questions (although how well is the judgment of other participants). If someone says "this computer code will do that" it's easy to test whether they are right or wrong.

The model doesn't really carry over to this forum.

Research shows that those who answer questions with a great deal of confidence tend to be the most believed, but that confidence in predictions doesn't correlate well with accuracy (often quite the opposite).


Sscritic - sorry, you're right, there's no weighting of votes there. What I meant was something like, "you would think that's a problem, but it turns out it's fine. Look here --- it just works." But I should have just said that.

I agree with Richard that it depends on the format. Many of the threads here are based on straightforward questions, where voting could be useful, but many others are open-ended discussions, where voting doesn't make sense.

I do think voting on threads could be useful, maybe just a another metric to display, like number of views, number of replies. Moderators could be given a separately displayed vote, which could possibly be extended to users with sufficiently high reputation.

I also think it works fine as is.
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