Originally posted by Sicilian Smaug
Is it really?
Surely the initial idea of the rec system was that users could recommend intersting, funny or useful posts to other users. This can still be done.
I agree with Smaug. I don't think that it's wrecked at all. It's better than ever. Going forward, I expect that people will primarily recc posts that provide useful information and site ideas. It may take awhile, but the recommended posts link should take on a whole new flavor.
The fact that people used the recc system as a score card. That they begged recs, traded recs, bartered recs, gave them away to their friends, etc. was what destryed the system.
Now, they are no longer a way to keep score, let's not implement another scoring system to bring back all of the problems.