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OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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One question
by Soulbender on Wed 26th Dec 2012 08:18 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Is the downright stupid "you have already commented so you can't vote up/down" rule going to stay?
Cuz that thing annoys me more than anything.

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RE: One question
by darknexus on Wed 26th Dec 2012 10:03 in reply to "One question"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Is the downright stupid "you have already commented so you can't vote up/down" rule going to stay?
Cuz that thing annoys me more than anything.

I sure hope so. It's already bad enough, with people voting down any comment they don't agree with, not just offtopic or downright inaccurate comments. I can imagine what's going to happen if you allow rabid commenting *and* voting by the same user. I doubt you, yourself, would abuse it this way, but can you imagine what would happen with less honest users who have a vested interest in making sure only their side gets seen? There are already times when this comes close to happening, and I suspect the only thing that keeps it in check is that very restriction.

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RE[2]: One question
by ilovebeer on Wed 26th Dec 2012 17:29 in reply to "RE: One question"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Is the downright stupid "you have already commented so you can't vote up/down" rule going to stay?
Cuz that thing annoys me more than anything.

I sure hope so. It's already bad enough, with people voting down any comment they don't agree with, not just offtopic or downright inaccurate comments. I can imagine what's going to happen if you allow rabid commenting *and* voting by the same user. I doubt you, yourself, would abuse it this way, but can you imagine what would happen with less honest users who have a vested interest in making sure only their side gets seen? There are already times when this comes close to happening, and I suspect the only thing that keeps it in check is that very restriction.

Let's be honest here... Voting, or giving a post a thumbs up or thumbs down rather, has no real value beyond entertainment. As you've already pointed out, people vote down points of view they disagree with or people they don't like. Favoritism and bias always prevails in forum & message voting. Thats not to say there aren't users who take it at least half-serious and try viewing it as something more but it would be a lie to say "you" have never seen a good post voted down or a bad post voted up based solely on some form of popularity. The votes are simply not a good gauge to determine the quality of the posts.

As far as restricting voting after a user has commented.. That's completely stupid. Why would you make it impossible to show support or dislike for something simply because the user has already commented? Additionally, it robs the people who get discussions going in the first place of their voting voice. The restriction serves no purpose other than to annoy those who like using the voting (entertainment system).

Edited 2012-12-26 17:29 UTC

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