Upvotes on reddit cost 40 cents.
The existence of publicly visible vote counts offers more opportunity for manipulating public perception.
I would like to invite and encourage the Lobsters team to consider experimenting with systems that do not publicly show the vote count on comments. This will remove the argumentum ad populum effect that publicly visible vote counts create.
This is something I think HN gets right, as:
- It forces people to decide for themselves the merits of comments based on their content
- It minimizes the incentive-for and impact-of of black markets for purchasing votes
- It minimizes the effect that cult-of-personality has in discussions
- And refocuses the discussion on content instead of popularity contests (that could be completely fabricated anyway)
(Edited in): Helps mitigate some of the effects of sock puppet vote manipulation
(Edited in): Prevents threads from looking like battles with “winners” and “losers” determined by upvotes/downvotes, instead of normal conversations to read through and enjoy.