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a simple way to avoid elitism and favouritism on web forums
 
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I've noticed on a lot of community based sites, that pretty soon elitism breaks out, or is at least allured to. I suggest that (using hb.com as an example - no insinuation intended) it should be impossible to see who made a post before voting; this way all posts would be voted for based on content, not who said it. EG:

[user clicks to display a post]
post is shown without a name
[if logged in, user votes, or chooses not to vote, and can never vote on this post]
[now post is shown with updated votes, and name is displayed]

Of course, after time, people usually start to recognise the writing style of members, but still, I think it would be a good feature for a lot of sites :)
user24, Feb 20 2004

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       That damn, [user24], always causing trouble! <grumble>
k_sra, Feb 20 2004
  

       :p
user24, Feb 20 2004
  

       Ever seen a B movie called The Transporter ? Guy makes his living racing around in a nice BMW delivering packages for criminals. His policy ? "No names".   

       We instituted this policy when gossiping about coworkers in public - you never know who in the world knows the people you're talking about. We refer to the person by their first initial.
normzone, Feb 20 2004
  

       I thought the whole idea was to vote for or against an idea based on wether or not you agreed on said idea ,regardless who suggested it.
python, Feb 20 2004
  

       Oh, you must mean the staying on-topic approach.
normzone, Feb 20 2004
  

       and hey! changing your mind is so human! thanks jutta.
po, Feb 20 2004
  

       ....no pack drill
gnomethang, Feb 20 2004
  

       Interesting way to really change the dynamic of a site.
RayfordSteele, Feb 20 2004
  

       Voting is not important. Getting rid of that would solve your dilemma equally well, insofar as you perceive it to exist.
waugsqueke, Feb 21 2004
  

       > Voting is not important. ?
pashute, May 13 2009
  

       I never base a vote on who posted the idea because I can never remember if I like a certain user or not. Therefore I tend to treat all users the same.
simonj, May 13 2009
  

       Amen, brother.
normzone, May 13 2009
  
      
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