I propose an interim solution to our endless quest for the perfect rating system by reminding you we are not exactly a math illiterate crowd. Most users in Kuroshin had more than enough Math in college to understand basic geometry. Some of us even present credible claims of understanding the mathematics behind quantum physics.
With that in mind and without further delay, I present you the Trigonometric Rating System.
- Each user can cast a vote between -2*Pi and 2*Pi - a text field should be used for input and votes above or below the limits are reduced to the limits by measuring the angle they express (12,56 = 2 * (2 * Pi) = 2 * Pi).
- After 36 hours or a threshold number of votes, proportional to the userbase, the voting ends and the article is judged
- Articles with positive sine and cosine values are posted to the front page. Article with a positive cosine and a negative cosine (or the other way around) are posted to section. Articles with both values in the negative quadrant are dumped.
- The system informs the voter of the current article angle before the vote is cast.
- A comment is also rated by choosing a value between -2Pi and 2Pi. The same rules from the story rating system apply here.
- To order and hide comments the system calculates its tangent (the tangent can be calculated by dividing the angle's sine by its cosine). Ordering is then trivial.
- Since tangents very from negative infinity to positive infinity, hiding comments requires comparison to a threshold. The catch is that the comment hide value can be adjusted in a user by user basis. The administrator can, for instance, make it higher (less negative) for users with more hidden comments.
In conclusion, I would like to point that this is one of an infinite set of rating systems designed to make the "game" more obscure and challenging. If the need arises its complexity can be endlessly augmented and more advanced mathematical and geometrical concepts can be bought into play (hence my previous statement that this solution is interim - in a moving environment, one should never stay still for long).
While automatically excluding the mathematically challenged trolls, the system also presents a novel feature for most normal users, its partial lack of visibility. Security through obscurity is a respected concept in some lazy cryptography circles - behind the proposal here presented is the idea that publishing through obscurity can lead to better results.
I urge the users and the Scoop developers to consider this and other, more obscure, solutions to many non-existing problems that challenge the very survival of the site as we know it.