(Funny - now that the automatic quote function is gone, I feel the need to say hello when responding to a post :-))
True about the tagging - if you are only interested in one subject, or a couple, you can do that. I guess tags are a more precise way to customise. I dunno, I dont think it's either/or - in some situations one thing might be more useful, in some another?
Like -- thinking of an example -- say, you're interested in relationships threads and use the tags relationships to find them; but there's a thread about, I dunno, how to deal with age differences that is not of interest to you. But it is posted to often, so it keeps popping back up. Then you could vote it down so it doesnt appear for you anymore, so from then on you dont have to scroll past it every time again? (Not that scrolling past one
topic is any effort, but if you do this systematically I'm sure it could help save you annoyance.)
Again, maybe I'm misunderstanding the intention! But I think people are already using the thumbs down like that (Edgar mentioned voting down a bunch of his own
threads to get them out of view). And people surely will in the future too. So that's in any case important to realise, when you're wondering why people voted down your thread..
But, if the word game people got together and voted them all up, Craven's vote would be overruled and the games would be high on the list?
True, but that's I guess where the whole concept of community balancing that they've been talking about, which basically undergirds the voting system, would come in. This site has so
many visitors (there seem to always be 100 online at any one time), that, the idea I guess is, for every ten game afficionados who vote games up there will be ten (or five, or fifteen) people who dislike games that vote them down.
The idea, I guess, is that for most topics it will roughly balance out, and if you're the kind of person who believes that democracy yields the best results, you'll argue that the most interesting threads will on balance float up and the more uninteresting ones float down. And of course, if you're not
a believer in that, you can just set your preferences so that the voting doesnt affect the way the threads appear for you at all.