Since it was mainly me who criticized the newest changes, I feel obligated to present some ideas how to fix the voting system.
*note that sadly I have no idea about this platform abilities :(
The main problem is that TibiaQA grants people who I used to call „point-makers”. I mean people who are very active, but unfortunately their main intention isn’t improving TibiaQA’s database, but make 4000 (soon 5000) points as soon as possible. While there are a lot of users who could be active, who sometimes visit this site, but they feel blocked by SPAM of formerly mentioned.
Would be nice to give some examples:
Since I don’t want to refer to the nicknames, but to the content of the question, I won’t put the link.
- Is it possible to loot more than one Silver Raid Token during the raid?
- In my opinion it is possible. I looted 3 tokens!
In my opinion this question is... really low-quality. Where in Tibia is any sign, any indication thait it is not possible? I could ask similar question "Is it possible to loot 2 Magic Plate Armors during one hunt? Because you know guys, IT IS VERY RARE".
Author of this question got points for the question, for the answer, 2 up-votes (for the question and answer) and also points for the best answer.
In the meanwile:
To answer this question correctly, I needed some experience with Zushuka. In my opinion my answers is better than chosen as the best one. I didn’t get even 1 up-vote.
There is no perfect solution. You won’t make anybody to up-vote correct and valuable answers. Giving extra points for up-voting will cause users to abuse it. In my opinion the only way to solve it is that moderators should be more active in reading site content and giving fair votes (both up-votes and down-votes). I mean that greater part of votes should be given by moderation. You could implement additional kind of voting system only for moderation – for example moderator can give up-votes for 5/7/9 points depends how much he likes the answer (the way how to grant valuable content) and down-votes for -1/-3/-5 points (-1 or -3 for low-value content, but not strictly incorrect).
Maybe when users will be 100% sure, that their post won’t be missed – they will be more active and think twice if they really want to put some low-value answers.
It is not about down-votes and recent changes, but I think it is really important when we are talking about quality of the content. I noticed that because of lack of ideas for new questions people sometimes ask about things that you can easily check via any WIKI. I mean questions about the loot from creatures.
"I like the look of item X, how can I get it?" First thing I do is to check it on WIKIs or Tibiopedia. There is an info which creature drops it.
Isn't it "easily answered by official maual"? Yes, it is. So why my flags are ignored? Why this kind of questions are granted with additional points?
Since new system was implemented I had to remove some down-votes for completely wrong answers. Only a few, because I can not find other downvoted answers. I also feel really powerless when I see wrong answer. I simply don’t want to give down-votes and loose my points. It’s only points, but it really take a lot of time to gather some points for valuable content, not SPAM.
Remove the -1 reputation point cost of downvoting is necessay to make this system works correctly. As long as users loose points for this, they won’t down-vote anything, even the worst answer ever. And downvotes are important, to bring the balance, right?
We’ve got a flag system which is absolutely anonymous. You choose the flag button, write or choose the reason and wait for aproving. In my opinion downvote system would work the same. Users choose down-vote button, write the reason of downvoting and moderator approves it or not. One question/answer could be downvoted multiply by different users. Information with reason of downvote stays visible forever.
This solution guarantee that down-votes are fair and there won’t be any down-votes given back, because it would be fully anonymous.
The idea to require more experience to have privilage to downvote any other user is good and bad. I have mixed feelings about it. There are users with not many points here, who rather read than write (so they have less than 500 points) but it doesn’t make them braintess spammers of down-votes. They judge content fairly. On the other hand it would help to avoid abusing down-voting by not experienced and malicious users. But I think that my idea about down-votes system (based on flag system) solves this problem anyway.
Higher penalty for each down-vote received?
But why? I think that -4 points was painful enough to know that next time I should make better content :P In my opinion everything was okay in this aspect of the system.
As I already mentioned would be nice if moderation have a chance to judge also quality of the content by using different points scale for votes. Why only moderation? Because again -1 point would be abused.