After listening to people's thoughts about the idea and experiencing a few things for myself this week on this website, and a few others, I think we as a group need to talk about our thoughts and feelings involving the Citadels Voting system.
It was brought up a few times earlier this week, is our voting system good? Does it offer what the authors of the posts want? Does it help people with their post or does it cause them to shy away? Is it just a glorified popularity contest? Like most organizations, voting seems to be the easiest way and most hated way of solving issues involved with making big decisions, who will be president or who should lead the group, but for a website that has more flavor like the Citadel, simple voting just does not cut it.
One proposed idea was to make voting more detailed. Have sub-categories associated with each vote, so the author could get a much better understanding of what was liked and disliked among his post. Websites likeeBay have broken down their voting system into five categories: Item as described, Communication, Shipping time, Shipping charges, and a +/- system for the overall transaction, whileAmazonhas a rating system based on what the customers have said who have used/bought the item. Would it be better for the Citadel to adopt a voting system like either eBay's or Amazons? Would it make any one a better writer to know their post got a 5 star rating on description but only a 2.5 star rating on delivery of post?
A secondary idea was to make voting on post only available for awards. When it comes time for ourHall of Honor'sandGolden Submission'sindividuals would nominate a few post they felt were HoH or GS worthy and once all were submitted, voting would take place on the whole lot. This would leave the Citadel open to enjoy more post without worrying about who did or didn't vote on each other's post. This would also make things a bit easier on the reworking of the site's system later on, with only having to worry about voting for maybe a month out of the year, the Citadel heads can get together and make improvements to the Citadel overall. Like new paint for the ceiling, cleaning the court yard of the barbarian corpses, maybe getting that rouge tentacle back in the basement where it belongs, putting actual fish in the fish tank and not just the skeletons of the ones we have eaten. Little things.
A consideration does come in here though, would changing the voting system do anything for the Citadel? With the younger generation having such an apathetic attitude towards voting like cats do to people, will anything change if we only ask them to vote every once in a while? What are the thoughts of the more "experienced" Citadel members? Likely-hood here is that they like voting as much as the youngen's do, but they are always willing to give advice, thoughtful input, or an annoying Rick-Roll, STROLEN!
In the end, whatever is chosen to be done, I believe the most important thing to keep in mind the purpose of the Citadel: Exploring, Creating, Helping.