"...Not that I wish to be ungrateful, but I put far more effort, and
found it far more interesting, to write an answer explaining where the
idea that black holes are gateways to other universes originated, and
that answer has so far scored just a single upvote....
I guess that as the site attracts a wider audience the answers that
get the most upvotes are going to be the simple ones that everyone can
understand. It does detract a bit from the usefulness of the
reputation system though.
... Yes I'm a bit frustrated that what I consider my better answers
don't attract as much attention as the more obvious ones (people just
don't appreciate my genius) but that isn't going to drive me off the
Of course, that isn't going to stop me moaning :-)
I am very fond of John Rennie, and I have expressed my great esteem for him in many occasions. He his the first figure one comes to know and appreciate, as soon as one joins this site. He is not so active now, but, when I joined in Summer, I could see at 8 o'clock sharp a whole string of excellent, clear and interesting answers in impeccable British English, signed by a photo of a distinguished figure that reminded me of a XIX century Squire.
But I cannot avoid to poind out how this post of his is a contradiction of the position he held when I first exposed this problem and when I offered a solution. My posts where heavily downvoted, and probably he too downvoted them, now his post has 10 upvotes, so far. Congrats!
It would be simple and effective to put a rep cap to questions (and answers) bearing the tag 'everyday-life', why don't you propose or just do it?
My suggestion was more far-reaching than this. It would give a solution to all the other problems, including the one dmckee was hinting to here, of cliques, fans, followers and supporters (sometime: worshippers). There are some members that get anyway dozens of votes, no matter they write, even if they do not answer the OP question , or just write simple answers for which another member would get (at most) a couple of votes.
Just to give you one of the hundreds of examples this simple answer has got only 30 words (made to look longer repeating the question and adding the tag: the answer is simple), is not the first and is not better that the others, yet, it fetches 22 votes (almost one-word-one-vote).
So, in conclusion, I must ask John: why don't you do something in concrete, instead of moaning :) , to back up my proposal that answers should be rated?
The key word being thrill... the end
result is that people are willing to devote large chunks of their time
to writing some truly fantastic answers. ...
I think the current reputation system is very, very good... If you
start making changes .. I fear you will start demotivating exactly the
sort of people who make this site such as a success.
So even though you cite me in your question as appreciating the
validity of your arguments, let me make it very clear that I
comprehensively disagree with the views expressed in your question.
Yes I'm a bit frustrated that what I consider my better answers don't
attract as much attention as the more obvious ones (people just don't
appreciate my genius) but that isn't going to drive me off the Physics
The thrill of easy rep is compensated by the frustration of seeing one's merit not appreciated. That's life, John, you can't have it both ways.
Note: This time it'll be amusing to see how the farcical carousel of downvoting/upvoting will develop, since I have only quoted verbatim John's statements. I couldn't possible attribute a downvote to me, as I just recorded a contradiction, or I hope, a change of opinion, which I welcome! :)