Not sure how this thread got revived, but I have been following the back and forth between RL and SpadeMaster over in one of the religion threads...and they talk about the voting constantly.
I do not think I have ever voted any post up or down...and I really do not know what a vote is supposed to mean.
Do the people who vote down a post do it because they disagree with the content of the post; because they think the post is off topic; because they think the comment is inappropriately worded or needlessly provocative; or because they simply do not like the individual making the comment?
So people who vote up a post do it because they agree with what was said; because they think the post was "nice"; or because they like the individual making the comment?
If someone truly agrees with a post...seems to me the thing to do would be to say so in a response post...and perhaps add strength to the argument being made. If someone truly disagree with a post...wouldn't it be better to say so in a response post and give some indication of why the disagreement exists?
The voting up or down seems a waste, but I am open to hear why others think it to be a reasonable thing to do...and to hear their reasons for considering it a valuable feature.