A moral person may think twice to vote for a shitty post, but he is also facing a dilemma of having to reciprocate. If he votes, he also has a higher chance of getting a vote back thus increasing his votes and if he doesn’t, he will stay in obscurity and won’t garner high number of votes. So, he might vote and become a silent partner to the fault. A true moral person doesn’t vote and doesn’t get any votes. 🙁 The cheater has no moral obligation, he just proliferate his votes around like a cancer cell without reading and earn the riches of reciprocity by innocent readers.
If a true model of reciprocal altruism is kept on indivine, say with the voter losing ‘something’ every time he votes. It is hard to implement, Because, if such a system is to be placed on indivine, say only 3votes/24hours, it is unfair as you may be out of votes to vote a goof post. Also, there will be very few votes, and duplicate accounts will sprout up to increase one’s own vote count. So it is not very feasible.
The ideal method will be similar to an earlier rating system on YouTube. You can choose to rate annonymously from 1 to 5. Hence giving the post some sense of its actual quality (which is hard for duplicate accounts to conceal).
Why isn’t such a system already in place. I don’t know, but I will opine.
The current system garners huge number of traffic to the indiblogger website. The owners like it, the cheating-bloggers like it and for some extent novice bloggers (unaware of the malpractice) also like it.
For any website Traffic is a big thing. For indiblogger to sustain also, it needs money. Traffic means money. Money from ads, from promotions, from events, from blogging contests. They earn money. These reciprocal bloggers generate traffic, to the website and to a multitude of blogs. Indiblogger does not want to kill its golden goose.
If a rating system is installed, a dip in post submissions won’t happen! I promise, everyone wants to be read. But, in the short run there will definitely a decrease in traffic(mostly fake traffic will go) and thereby revenue might dip.
As, low-quality posts gets filtered and higher quality posts gets its due. In the long run, we will have honest comments with true review and opinions by honest faithful readers and not just appeasements and generic comments by human spammers. There by in the long run indiblogger can generate much more money and maybe become a YouTube of Blogs. Few may argue that a malicious person may down-rate a good post, Na.. malicious people will get tired of it and will be outnumbered and lets hope that there are more sane souls around.
In the current state, what is lost is quality in Indian blogging community. Quality in photographs, quality in poems, quality in actual posts, Quality in thinking. Even more unfortunately, actual quality blogs may not even get noticed.
Of course some great bloggers are there in indiblogger whom I am in no way undermining. But ask yourself haven’t you felt/known of the above said malpractices. Let’s kill spam.
-S (Readers, Lemme know what you think, Indiblogger team, are you listening..!!)
P.S: I am not jealous of anybody getting high votes on indivine, but lets follow the motto “celebrate the worthy”
*- If your indirank is higher than 50, your vote will count as 2votes.
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