Also, it seems to me that voting with ones feet no longer has any appreciable effect on large companies.
Getting guesses from educated persons in an area they know nothing about is not that much better than asking uneducated persons about an area they know nothing about.
Asking slashdot is better than asking on 4chan, I can just see the advice on
She also questions whether Zonk and Co. are even using the recommendations that make it to the top of the Firehose ratings:The increased number of unworthy submissions makes more unpleasant work for the editors as well as members of the community. A bigger hose with more crap in it just means that the editors have to read all that crap — and so do the voting members of the community. That's just more work for everyone.
"So far as I can tell, the editors still make the decisions. Good for them. I have no need for democracy in the selection of stories at a site that has done an excellent, if elitist, job of using editorial judgment. That's what makes it such a good site. Drain the hydrant and throw away with the hose.
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders. -- Gauss