rogerd - 7:45 pm on Sep 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
Even as many sites seek to give their users more input, Sphinn is eliminating voting on stories and will use an editorial selection process instead.
Danny Sullivan notes that user participation had been declining, in part because of other outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
I have never been active on the site, but as with news sites like Digg it seemed that a core group of high-volume users dominated the promotability of articles on the site. This can be discouraging to "regular" users who might submit a story now and then only to see it languish.
From a community building perspective, though, it's sad to see that the community has been taken out of the picture for story selection. Times are changing.