But don't assume we've all seen it just because you have.
When I vote on a story I'm not assuming anything about what you think.
It's a democracy, and I believe that in most democracies, voting for "what you think other people would want" is worse than voting for what YOU want, because you have no real way to gauge the former. The vote is supposed to gauge the former, that's its reason for being there!
If 95% of k5 readers have already seen/talked about some news item somewhere, and don't want to do it again, the story should be dumped! But this doesn't happen if readers vote in the interest of the (in that case imaginary) "people who might find it interesting."
I'll vote for what I think will make k5 better in MY view, as a reader of the site. Which means if I've seen a story done to death (on TOS or elsewhere), I'll vote it down, but if I'm interested in a story, I'll vote it up. If more people haven't seen a story done to death, well, hey, I'll be outvoted. That's how it works.
Now, before anyone jumps on my rationally self-interested ass, I do take into consideration some estimate of what I think will make the site better in the long run. If hte issue is novel or interesting enough to promote good discussion even if I've personally done it to death, I'll vote it up probably. But this is tempered by a rational consideration of how inaccurate my assessment of the opinions of other k5 readers is.
One suggestion that might fix the perceived problem: If your reason for voting a story down is just because you've seen it elsewhere, do us all a favor and don't make a lame-ass post saying so. Constructive criticism only, please :-)
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