Originally posted by Red Night
The list of recommended posts is certainly no worse and probably better than the the pre-wreck reformation period.
It must seem ironic to you that my post about the imperfection of the system blows the other
posts on the list out of the water, then, huh? Do you really think my post was that great? I don't.
I think my post makes a legitimate point. This system is lousy. I don't think a post like mine
should have made it to the top, much less crushed the opposition. I'd rather see something
insightful or funny at the top and have my post lingering on page four or five. Ten people have
used up part of the meager allotment of recs in order to indicate their support for my position.
Given that the next highest is merely 3 recs, this should tell you something.
Think of it this way: If there are 11 posts that I think are rec-worthy in a month, I have to ignore
one. Don't you think that's a shame? I do. And since the recommended list only reflects the past
week, it really means that I can only reasonably recommend 2.5 posts a week. Don't you think
there are more than 2.5 posts on this site worth reading each week?
If you don't, then you should probably be in favor of abolishing the system of recommendations
altogether because there isn't really that much worth ready anyway.
You might notice that I only observed that the institution of two recommendation tunes crippled
the system. I didn't call explicitly for the repeal of both, but of perhaps one or the other or maybe
As for the idea that people do it for self-esteem, why do you suppose you care so much? Don't
you think inspiring people to be smarter, more careful, witty, or funny assists in making a good
forum? Furthermore, drawing attention to the posts which are smarter, more careful, witty or
funny only benefits RedHotPawn. Nothing's fixed with this system. People are still trying to
be jerks or getting their friends to recommend posts that don't merit it and so on. It's just now
a post with 1 recommendation makes it to the first page. This system has only exacerbated
things. Or do you really think that only five posts a week deserve more than one rec (the current
disposition of the 'Recommended' link)?
Lastly, I think your staunch opposition to this derives from the fact that you're a pretty mediocre
individual and you like the idea that other people aren't recognized for their ability to achieve.
You would do well to read Kurt Vonnegut's short story Harrison Bergeron
You aren't really that insightful, you're not really that funny, you're not really that shocking,
and you're not really all that good a writer. So, a system that actually recognizes those others
who are good at one or more of those things is probably pretty frustrating to you.
Well, don't worry. You shouldn't be all that worried about being average: 50% of the world is
inferior to you. Meanwhile, stop whining so much about the old rec system or extolling the
non-existent virtues of the current system.