Suggestion for downvoting mechanism
I know I'm not the first to suggest a Reddit-style downvote feature for yours.org, which would allow readers to reduce the visibility of spam, clickbait, "fake news", or whatever else they disapprove of. However, I have a concrete idea for how this could be implemented.
I'm approaching this from a game theoretic perspective. In particular, I'm inspired by Fehr & Gächter's (2000) work on how costly punishment (i.e. costly to both punisher and punishee) can prevent antisocial behaviour in public goods scenarios.
In this framework, a downvote must have:
- A cost to the downvoter. It should not be possible to profit from downvoting, as I fear this would create a viscous cycle leading to endless flame wars.
- A cost to the downvotee. For all sorts of practical and ethical reasons, I don't think funds should ever be taken from a user's account unless as a result of their own voluntary action. Therefore, the cost cannot be a direct penalty, but rather an indirect one: the downvoted post will become less visible, reducing its future earning potential.
Read on to find out how I propose to achieve this algorithmically.
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