It will take drastically more then a verbal disagreement over voting ethics to make me leave the Citadel. (My former 2-3 year absence was due to real life circumstances far beyond my control and an unfortunate series of events that followed.)
More then anything the Citadel is home, and its members family. For better or worse not everyone in a family gets along due to conflicting view points, beliefs, or personalities.
Taking a step back and look at the discussions about voting, I can see part of a trend where people who don't understand others voting habits can respond poorly to what they feel is an overly critical response to their sub. (When in reality person X is critical of all subs they vote/comment on so this is a "normal" response form them.)
Perhaps if there was a way to see at a glance a fellow Strolenite's voting style and how critical they are when voting it would help prevent such reactions?
It might even be interesting to add an (optional) aura rating to peoples profiles, that lets people understand at a glance a low(er) vote from this person isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just they are tougher on subs/more critical then some of their fellow Strolenites.
Something sort of like this:Aura Ratings
A user's aura would representative of their voting disposition. There would be three types of auras, none either bad or good. (perhaps their voting trends could shape their auras color or the user could choose it themselves on their profile, or hide the aura rating entirely if they wished.)Neutral:
A Strolenite with a neutral aura commonly casts votes that are close to the average score for that particular sub They give each sub a fair chance and their opinion doesn't sway too far from the group.Light:
A user with a light aura tends to give subs high marks, including subs that everyone else might not. Perhaps this Strolenite is easily pleased by subs of a specific genre and/or only votes on subs they like. Whatever the case, this Strolenite tends to be more supportive and likes to make people feel good about their work. Dark:
A Strolenite with a dark aura has a tendency to vote lower on subs. Keep in mind, they don't have a dark aura because they vote low on low quality subs - they have a dark aura because they vote lower on subs that most other people vote higher on. Strolenites like this are usually more critical of subs, and have set a high standard for excellence. Nearly every sub in the Citadel could use enhancement and improvement so just because someone has a dark aura doesn't necessarily mean they are unreasonably harsh. They might simply see the potential of subs and trying to nudge the authors to raising these subs to the level of quality they feel it is capable of.
Just a rough idea that may work well; thought I'd toss it into the discussion as another enhancement possibility.