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If I used a rating system, I might want some admin tools to see if any member was rating every thread really low or really high. Maybe voting could be restricted to members with more posts...
I suspect it's value amongst a sophisticated user base is zilch, possibly even a negative.
Amongst the kiddies and those with too much time on their hands it might serve as another way to pass the time on something seemingly important.
Not all forums are the same. Sites like Amazon and Cnet have voting systems on posts. :)
I haven't seen a ratings system work well anywhere. I think it's fairly obvious to the average user who is valuable and who isn't.
There's nothing like good, old hand-selection by a knowledgeable admin to "promote" the topics that are most timely and/or have outstanding content. The downside is that someone has to do it - skim the topics, read a lot of them in detail, add the very best to the list (including editing title & description if needed), etc.
User ratings arent something you want to do with the majority of forums. However, there are exceptions, for instance a sports team forum. Ratings can be a way to seperate who 'knows what they are talking about' or who's opinions are respected vs who's arent. They can sometimes make people more accountable for what they post. Using the sports team example, some people will just spout off things without backing them up with evidence while others will back up what they say with some evidence. You can guess who would get a good rating and who would get a bad rating :). Making people accountable for what they post can often have a positive impact on improving the quality of discussion.
I'm not at all sure adults should either need or value a system like that.
Anyone know of any BBS that offers a mod/add-on like this for admins? A mod that allows votes to be collected and viewed only by the admins?