Come up with a reasonable weighting algorithm that wont enrage half the site.
This is the place where we attempt to do just that.
Personally I would love to see weighted voting take back YTMND from the NARV's but at the same time keep them happy. Therefore I am proud to unveil my version of the weighted algorithm. As is anything on a wiki, this page is open to editing. For the sake of logic, suggestions to edit this algorithm or any other should first be taken to the edit page. Also, if you were going to ask, yes I am going to make a simple YTMND on this sometime tomorrow for the sake of people adding their opinion.
A: Number of sites with a rating higher than 3 after at least 10 votes (if this is 0, 1 or 2 we treat the variable as 3)
B: Average Rating of all sites (if this is Undefined, we treat the variable as 3)
C: Average Rating of other sites
E: Days since join
Voting Power = [(A / 3) * (B / 3)] * [Ca * Da] + Ea
Finding Ca from C
Ca is determined not as a raw value, but as a deviation from 3.
If 1.0<C<1.5 or 4.5<C<5 then Ca = .5
If 1.5<C<2.0 or 4.0<C<4.5 then Ca = .75
If 2.0<C<2.5 or 3.5<C<4.0 then Ca = 1
If 2.5<C<3.5 then Ca =1.25
Special case in Ca
If user has less than 10 votes overall, Ca = 1 regardless of the above
This promotes fair and average voting, and moreover cripples rampant upvoters and downvoters.
Finding Da from D
D is an outside modifier that scales the whole equation based on how long the user has been around. For the sake of simplicity when I say “Month” we can approximate it to 30 days.
< 1 month = 1
1 to 2 = .9
2 to 4 = .8
4 to 6 = .75
6 to 8 = .8
8 to 9 = .9
9 months to 1 year = 1
1 year to 1.5 = 1.25
1.5 to 2.0 = 1.5
2.0 to 2.5 = 1.75
> 2.5 years= 2
This works to both give the newbie a chance but punishes slackers who don’t improve their scores in other ways (by making good sites or buying their way in). The four to six month marks the worst of it, after that the punishment ceases and they are rewarded with a gradual increase in voting power. Once senior ranks (a year onward) are achieved voting power will increase rather dramatically with time, by this point the user should have a good eye of what’s good after all.
Finding Ea from E
D is a vote increase by a fixed donation rate
1 D (a buck after paypal) = .2 DA
aka 5 bucks weighs your vote up a single vote. I would suggest a cap somewhere as so people can’t become insanely weighted (I’d say the limit would be 25 bucks/+5vote strength) This function gives people a reason to donate other than out of love for YTMND.
Note of Incompleteness
I am aware that this might seem off to some people, and to them I say TELL ME. I don't think it's perfect, just usable. I want to see what other people are thinking, otherwise I wouldn't have put it on the wiki! One big thought I'm having is if there should be a maximum vote weight, and if so what if...
Have a completely different way of making weighted voting work? Please feel free to include it here!