posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 02:48 PM
I think this is an interesting approach, and it will definitely enhance the feeling of community at ATS. However I see a couple of issues:
- It appears that there are a few "loopholes" regarding the anonymity of the news submitter, as pointed out by some posters above. As long as it is
possible to ascertain the identity of the submitter, there will always be room for abuse, such as popular members having their stories submitted
despite low submission quality or relevance, or unpopular members having their submissions rejected based purely on their reputation, deserved or
- Giving the moderators the final power of veto on upgrading of submissions negates the meaningfulness and original intent of having a voting system.
It basically means that you can vote however you want, but your vote only counts if it agrees with the view of the moderator(s). "Ford Model-T
voting", if you will.
If the majority of voters vote for an upgrade and the moderator agrees, everybody is happy. If the majority of voters vote for a "downgrade", yet
the moderator upgrades the story regardless, or vice-versa, the voters will feel that their vote doesn't really matter - and rightly so.
Personally I feel that news is news
and should not be altered by majority opinion in any way, shape, or form. Voting for news upgrades should
be in line with the direction and mission statement of the site, and left in the hands of those that are qualified to do so; those qualified persons
being the site moderators and ATSNN Editors/Reporters.
If the news-worthiness of reports we see on television, in newspapers, and from other Internet news sources were to be decided by majority vote, you
wouldn't see much in the news that didn't fit with the incumbent party line. That's bordering on censorship. It would be a shame if ATSNN became a
"la la la, we can't hear you, we don't want to know about that", fingers-in-the-ears type of news site.
Just my thoughts.