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What if we were able to up/down vote threads? Location on the main page would be some combination of recent activity and relevance to the community.

The rationale is simple, the threads that are more relevant to a larger portion of the users would get more up-votes and thus stay on the main page longer despite not being quite as active. A very democratic solution to some of the content issues this site has.

An Example, the Poudre Gnarrows race thread has great content (IMHO) and the race still hasn't happened, but the thread is buried on the main page by 12 rafting gear threads. And no, I don't want to filter out all rafting gear threads because I am a rafter and some are relevant. I would simply like to have one meager up-vote on some and one meager down-vote on others to slightly influence what conversations stick around and which quickly vanish from the main page.

Worth a try? Feasible?
 

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I have no idea if it's feasible from a back-end perspective, but it wouldn't be helpful from my perspective, since it's not helpful to the way I tend to use the site. I tend to look through recent posts, and if a thread interests me and it has new posts, I click on it. If it doesn't meet either of those two criteria, I don't. So having a "popular" thread with no new posts on the top of the list due to reddit-style upvotes doesn't do much for me from a user perspective. I'm not sure how others use the site though.
 

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Pretty sure this was discussed at some point, but don't think anything came of it. Personally, I would really be in favor of a like (maybe even dislike) button on each post...

On a side note, I am going to move this from the Eddy to support & feedback.
 

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To be clear, I am not advocating that a post is at the top of the list or stay around forever because of upvotes. I think the main page should optimize to be recent and relevant (currently it is just recent).

Craven, I think you would be trusting crowd sourcing to see what recent posts are good/relevant/interesting/fun so that there are more interesting topics on the front page.

I seem to run into the problem where there are not more that 1 - 2 good/relevant/interesting/fun threads on the main page and I know others get this too.
 

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Maybe this idea could be used to mitigate useless drivel from an otherwise decent thread.
 

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Maybe you guys have too much free time to care about this shit.


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This already happens. The views vs. replies ratio reveals the overall interest in a thread (you may have to do your own math though...). A good thread continues and a lame thread dies off. There is no need to "vote" or "like" it for this purpose.
 

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This already happens. The views vs. replies ratio reveals the overall interest in a thread (you may have to do your own math though...). A good thread continues and a lame thread dies off. There is no need to "vote" or "like" it for this purpose.
I wasn't necessarily referring to a system that keeps interesting threads "bumped"... Just that I see a comment once in a while that makes me think, hell yeah someone got shit figured out....and I would like to give those posts a thumbs up rather than having to quote and reply simply saying I agree...
 

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I upvote this comment

I wasn't necessarily referring to a system that keeps interesting threads "bumped"... Just that I see a comment once in a while that makes me think, hell yeah someone got shit figured out....and I would like to give those posts a thumbs up rather than having to quote and reply simply saying I agree...
Exactly.
 

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I have no idea if it's feasible from a back-end perspective, but it wouldn't be helpful from my perspective, since it's not helpful to the way I tend to use the site. I tend to look through recent posts, and if a thread interests me and it has new posts, I click on it. If it doesn't meet either of those two criteria, I don't. So having a "popular" thread with no new posts on the top of the list due to reddit-style upvotes doesn't do much for me from a user perspective. I'm not sure how others use the site though.
Agree. I use the "view w/o forums" link and look at what's new and interesting to me.
 

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I like the idea of upvotes or downvotes within threads on specific comments/posts, but I don't think that should have anything to do with what threads stay on the front page and which ones go away. Sounds like it could get way too complicated. What's relevant and interesting to you may or may not be relevant or interesting to me. Sure, I might check out the Poudre Gnarrows Front Ranger shit talking for a minute, get a good giggle, but hell we all know I'm not going to race so that thread is pretty irrelevant to me. I might pop on over to razz the rafters about their gear dilemmas, get another good giggle... but probably don't need that particular thread to stay at the top of the list. However the thread about the slowly dying kayaking industry is rather interesting to me, and look, it's at the top of the page...
 
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