As I’ve been rehauling the site, I’ve been considering making adjustments to the rating system. I think it works fairly well for Underground articles, but for regular articles I’m not sure if it serves a legitimate purpose.
The reason it works for Underground articles is because only people who are paying to read the article are voting, which means (A) they have a reason to vote, since the ratings dictate which authors get more writing opportunities and (B) there is less chance for the system to be “gamed,” i.e. making fake accounts to rate an article up.
For regular articles, I worry about authors being disappointed by their rating (and consequently becoming sheepish about writing again), and also, like I mentioned, the system being gamed.
I see three possible ways to go here:
- Leave things as they are (all articles can be rated)
- Only have ratings for Underground articles
- Only let Underground members rate articles (but all articles can still be rated)
What are your thoughts?