This doesn't just apply to votezone.
Why is it that people insist on stuffing software (and music, and art, and everything else) into little restrictive slots, and "rating" it?
Everything gets reduced to its catagory and valued.
For example, on votezone, Games, are split into, Action, Adventure, Internet Games, Role-Playing, Simulation, Sports & Strategy. Where do puzzle games go? And more importantly, where are revolutionary, genra busting, games going to go? What about Creatures (an alife game)? What about cross genra games? It could be that game X, an RPG/3D action game, is a great RPG, but a crappy action game.
I am of course, using votezone, and games as examples, my poiint is that these systems try to simplfy life to such an extent that all the richness is eliminated. I realise that it serves its purpose, but it also styfils creativity.
I wish I could propose a solution, but, I'm afraid, I'm reduced to observing the problem. (Of course to say that there is "a solution" is probably reducing complexity at the cost of accuracy!).
PS (my) First Post (to kuro5hin) ever. :)
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