"Is it really too hard for you to just not look at that number, or to just ignore it as you do your oh so careful deliberations?"
Don't think about pink elephants.
"... you have some trouble thinking for yourself and want a quick technical fix to protect you from too much information?"
Forgive me for being one of those hu-mans who can't always separate emotion from reason.
The real issue is that many people, including myself, find it difficult to not be swayed by others' opinions, especially when those people are [generally] knowledgable and thoughtful, as the Kuro5hin readers are. Story submission scores are hidden for precisely this reason. Having the _option_ of hiding comment ratings cannot harm things, as long as the default remains to show them. The normal function of ratings, as a way of filtering information to save time, remains.
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