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Should we have a small number of Supervotes per day?

In a recent comment, brian_d_foy said :

I've often wished that Stackoverflow would let us spend more than one vote on answers

... and I agree, so here's a modest proposal -- for really exceptional answers, allow people a second up-vote, but at an expense to their own reputation. To prevent abuse, you could make it cost 2 11 reputation (or more), so people can't use multiple accounts to try to game the system.

If it's something that would only be used for truly great answers, I could even see spending 5 20 reputation (which is more than 0.5% 2% of my current rep on any of the sites) to give them a +2 upvote.

Of course, I have no idea what it'd take to actually implement something like this, and there might be other social issues that I hadn't considered, but I just thought I'd toss it out there for discussion.

update : okay, I should've verified the amount of reputation gained by upvotes. My goal was to make it cost 2 to 5 times the benefit gained from an upvote, so I screwed up.


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One man, one vote.

Otherwise, the score is utterly meaningless: a +6 answer might have garnered the approval of 6x more people than the +1 answer... or it might just have one really dedicated fan.

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    Which is why I said a 'second upvote', not 'additional upvotes'. I probably should've made that more clear.
    – Joe H.
    Nov 27, 2009 at 18:16
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    Same problem, with slightly reduced severity. Now the +6 answer needed 3 people with rep to burn, vs. the +3 answer that had the same number of conservative up-voters.
    – Shog9
    Nov 27, 2009 at 18:20

I'm from Chicago, and even I see the problems with this. One vote per person per post is just right -- any more, and we are open to all kinds of gaming. Not to mention screwing some people into the rep cap even more quickly than normal (coughJon Skeetcough).


hmm... spending 2 reputation for providing 10 reputation... no, I don't see any way to game the system

  • crap ... should've looked at the docs on rep given for upvotes to verify amounts before I posted
    – Joe H.
    Nov 27, 2009 at 18:23
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    You should try using the system a little, seeing how it works, before proposing new features.
    – juan
    Nov 27, 2009 at 18:42
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    seems like he's used it "a little". he probably ought to use it "a little more"... meta.stackoverflow.com/users/139598?tab=accounts#sort-top Nov 27, 2009 at 19:23

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