Peer voting is great if you’re popular, it’s not so good if you’re swimming against the current, or are not popular with those more popular than you.
YouTube is a prime example. There are people there who are supposed to be adults who think nothing of directing their “fans” to go and trash another person’s channel/rep/whatever just because they disagree with them. I find it particularly amusing/shocking to see posts stating: “So-and-so told me to vote you down, so there you go -1″…. It makes me wonder if “So-and-so” said “I want you to hit yourself in the groin with a claw hammer until you pass out” how many of their sheep would be posting from the Emergency Room that they’d done it and could they have a cookie.
Another problem with peer voting is that regardless of how rational, logical or correct your point of view is, if someone disagrees then they can “thumb you down”. And in the event that your view is not the consensus of the community then you can end up with a lot of negative thumbs/karma/kudos/internets – especially when someone with sway posts that they have +1/-1 someone, or “suggests” which way people should vote.
When the votes don’t actually count towards anything other than a number then it’s not really an issue, unless you give a toss about little numbers next to your name. But when those little numbers potentially reflect your status or inclusion in something then it becomes a problem and a power struggle between those with thousands of sheep to do their bidding, and those who can think for themselves.
Peas and loaves
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