Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Can't Vote for Your Own Idea

Keep account holders from voting for/against their own ideas.
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Maybe give a little pig icon for ideas that were voted-for by their own creators. (A 'ham')
eagle, Jul 24 2000


       Then each idea should start with one vote in its favor.   

       I one, would much rather vote for an idea the creator of which thought it was worth at least one vote.
centauri, Jul 24 2000, last modified Jul 25 2000

       Would we then give one (+) vote for each of the old ideas (previous to this July)?
eagle, Jul 24 2000

       Ham? Surely Pea!
eehen, Jul 24 2000

       I suggested this to Jutta a while back, and she asked what was the big problem if someone voted for their own idea. I decided that I didn't really think there was any big problem.
dominus, Jul 25 2000

       People voting for their own items is no big deal until folks start (someday :) posting ideas that they recognize as of poor quality (trawls, change-a-letter neologisms, ideas posetd solely to poke fun at other ideas, and the like). Ideally the act of posting an item would constitute full endorsement of same by the poster, and ideally individuals would not post ideas that they would be likely to vote against themselves. Unfortunately there's no good way to prevent this, nor would we wnat to. Conressional-style insight into a person's posting and voting record might be interesting, though.   

       Then again, if posters were ranked by the level of support their ideas got, some people might respond favorably...
jplummer, Jul 25 2000

       I just voted against this idea -- and it's my own. Obviously it sucks, and I'm willing to admit it after reading your opinions.
eagle, Jul 25 2000

       Right, eagle. I always start out with a vote for an idea I'm adding if I like it. Some of them I might be just running up the flagpole, and sometimes I'll change my mind.
syost, Jul 25 2000

       I like an idea before posting it, and vote for it to counter the first negative vote if I feel the same a few days later. Color me internally inconsistent.
jplummer, Jul 25 2000

       Of course, none of this would stop someone with several email addresses from setting up multiple accounts and spam-voting an idea way out of proportion anyway. (And there ARE a few members with multiple accounts- you know who you are!)   

       Keep things the way they are. It's not as if any of these ideas will be widely accepted. If some inventor or corporation snaps up an idea we're going to get *zero* credit for it anyway, so why complicate things?
BigThor, Sep 05 2000

       Members with multiple accounts? Oh Gawd, people. I don't believe I've voted for any of my ideas, but I'll check to see if I was under the influence.
thumbwax, Sep 26 2000

       Actually, we're (I'm) all the one person. Don't pretend you (I) didn't know about this...
Detly, Nov 11 2000

       Not voting for your own idea would be like running for office and then voting for your opponent. Why bother?
arghblah, Dec 24 2000

       Yeah, I thought the point of the voting was to see how others respond to your idea, not how you respond to your own idea, which you already know. Voting for your own idea seems like a particularly reflexive form of log-rolling. Or like Pee Wee in the biker bar saying out of the corner of his mouth, "I say we let him go!"   

       Also, I don't see how this is analogous to voting in elections, since we're not trying to determine a single winner. (Are we?)
ejs, May 21 2001

       //Isn't the author's positive view of the idea implicit in the act of posting it?//   

       Superficially, it would seem so. On the other hand, what greater compliment for the annotation system can there be other than managing to convince the creator that their idea is actually a poor one?   

       From my (admittedly brief) experience of the HB, it appears that as many votes are cast based on the context and argument provided by annotation as there are based simply on the idea (if not more). I would suggest that preventing the creator from voting on their own idea implies that the vote should be made based purely on the idea itself, undermining the annotations ...
Rodomontade, May 22 2001

       I dont realy care and only vote for my one ideas when it could move them up half a croissant...
RobertKidney, Jun 28 2001

       I vote for all of my ideas. Mostly, anyways. If this is shameful, I guess I am guilty.
bristolz, Dec 07 2002

       I cast a vote on all of my ideas, but it isn't always for.
footzilla, Jun 11 2005

       Yes it is. You only have one idea, and its got all buns. Hmm.
daseva, Jun 11 2005

       Hmm...I've never voted for or against my ideas. I just sort of assume that since I'm posting it, it's brilliance, and the rest of you lollygaggers will see that as plainly as I do.   

       Of course, theory and practice don't always come out the same...
shapu, Jun 13 2005

       Shit I voted for Kerry last year, and look how that turned out :-(
blissmiss, Jun 13 2005

       A few annotations I've viewed on other ideas in the pastgave me the impression that voting for your own ideas was a big no-no. I'll probably carry on not doing so as I presume that me liking my own idea is obvious, and I want to post my ideas in order to find out what others think of them. If I do ever grow to dislike one of my own ideas then I'll probably just delete it.
Mad Dog, Jun 13 2005

       // I presume that me liking my own idea is obvious//

Not really. I've voted against my own ideas on a few occasions.
DrBob, Jun 13 2005


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