I'm just curious if people know where online voting systems started.

First there was Digg, then there was .. ?

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Slashdot predates Digg by about 7 years, and Slash has a voting system built in. I think it is (or at least, was) the canonical example of user-vote based moderation.


Well, the greeks invented democracy.

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    The Greeks stole it form Digg, everyone knows that.
    – alex
    Commented Dec 13, 2009 at 16:05
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    If this continue to be upvoted, I will embrace it and accept this answer. When asked about the history of the internet, I shall point only to the Greeks.
    – bobobobo
    Commented Dec 13, 2009 at 19:30
  • It's getting late, so I thought that you wrote: the GEEKS invented democracy. It would be so fitting as an answer. Commented Dec 14, 2009 at 0:28
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    @Phoshi: By popular belief - yes , per Wikipedia, no: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_democracy Commented Dec 14, 2009 at 3:49

Semi-serious answer: The first "Me too" post on the usenet.

Which would have been some September sometime in the 70's...

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