rogerd - 8:44 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)
I think there were actually two problems. One was spammers who might be able to give a story a boost by concerted effort. The other was the dominance of the front page by a small number of members, which was heavily reported on a month or two ago. Even if the intent of these very active members wasn't nefarious, the effect of the algorithm was to make it difficult for a great story from a new member to get much visibility.