We don't need a technical solution to this problem - and it is a valid problem. The mechanism for feedback is already in place.. Editorial Comments, and the rating of them when one's own would be redundant. People are simply NOT making use of it.
The downstream problem here is that if you make feedback compulsory, you'll get back garbage, because many people don't want to be bothered. If you make it voluntary, as it is now, people won't use it because they won't want to be bothered.
It comes down to whether or not people care enough about the works of the system to make the monumental sacrifice of 30 or so seconds to provide their feedback.
If I see my objection already represented, I rate the comment up and the article down. If I see a valid objection which I think can be overlooked, I vote both the comment and the article up.
Sometimes, I'll rate editorials in an article I vote 0 on.. They're helpful and constructive, or invalid and mean, and I simply don't care about the story.
Sometimes, if I see an outcry of -1 on a story I am undecided about, I'll -1 it as a mercy killing, to get it out of the queue.
Other times, I consider the source of the article as well as the quality of the article.. Yes, I have bias for or against certain people. When I see a glory-hound post a new article almost every day, or recycle an old recipe with a new spin, even if the articles are half-decent individually, I will vote -1, purely out of spite.
In any case, right or wrong on the bias bit, I give a damn about the content here, and I try to provide relatively constructive feedback on content and author attitude (this is where my bias comes in).
The problem is, I seem to be in the minority. A story rarely dies for the single reason of being contested 'diary fodder'. People should take the time to provide some feedback in addition to just the vote.. Maybe a selection of reasons is workable, but I think most people would just accept the default option. What is IS workable, it just takes a moment of time to make use of it.
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