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Within a week or two, the voting model will end at Sphinn. Stories can still be submitted, but editors will consider those in addition to others they find. Why? Rather than build community, voting -- an activity which is also in decline -- seems to foster an anti-community "who's winning" atmosphere.
[edited by: wheel at 1:35 pm (utc) on Sep 2, 2010]
In theory, voting should work in a community with diverse and engaged members.
Itís my belief that, in the long term, you canít maintain an SEO community website without heavy moderation and trusted editors guiding the content. IMHO the best places for this currently is the subscribers section of WebmasterWorld or the paid forum on SEObook.
In the real world, though, it seems like cliques and system-gamers tend to take over and dominate the process.
...the embarrassing abundance of "TOP TEN LIST" posts.
...Voting distorts why people post and the kinds of posts you get.
You end up with a lot of cutesy 10 Best Ways to Reinvent The Wheel type posts... and the forum can become a lot more cliquish.
Danny Sullivan made the right choice in killing this. I'm looking forward to a revitalized Sphinn.