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Indicate How Trustworthy the UpVotes Are

When calculating score for up vote/down vote should the rank of person issuing the vote be taken into account?

Say if your question has been up voted by a person with higher score, you get more points, and vice versa.

Please find flaws.

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marked as duplicate by random, fretje, jmfsg, alex, Shogging through the snow Mar 24 '10 at 0:03

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The first flaw I see, is that it was already suggested –  jmfsg Mar 23 '10 at 22:54
    
could you mark as duplicate then? –  Art Mar 23 '10 at 22:55
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I know this has been suggested before, but I wasn't able to find a duplicate to link. It seems to be a hard topic to search... –  dmckee Mar 23 '10 at 23:04
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Yey, someone found our dupe. –  alex Mar 24 '10 at 0:02
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@random: bah. I was looking forward to reading the original so I could down-vote that as well... only to find it locked. Now I feel cheated. –  Shogging through the snow Mar 24 '10 at 0:04

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No, leave it as it is. It's a democracy, everyone gets equal voting rights, otherwise the playing field will not be even.

That's the great thing about Stack Overflow, all votes are the same, no matter who casts them. Also, this could be a privacy concern because if I see a +/- 25 I'll know it was from a high rep user; if that person also left a comment or answer, it could confirm my suspicion.

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We have just gone through a tumultuous upheaval. And now, we'd like to somehow go back and figure out a weighted calculation of up-votes & down-votes based on the voter's reputation? No...here's one reason I can think of:

Voting on questions should not be weighted by the voter's reputation for the simple fact that a question is not the reason we are here. We are here to get answers. A good question is rewarded with up-votes. Answers are what we want - good answers are what we want to reward. I think that the current system for points awarded is excellent and see no reason whatsoever to change it...yet.

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