I just saw a piece over at Stack overflow’s blog, called Vote Fraud and You – Blog – Stack Overflow. Stack overflow is a Q&A site geared towards programming. I think it’s a high-quality site, with many wiki-like features. It’s designed more for the creation of archival quality information than for ephemeral Q&A (see Yahoo Answers).
This post reminds me that voting systems are still poorly understood, and a rich research area. For example, the article discusses the development of technology that automatically detects “revenge voting patterns”. Very cool. However, I’m sad that most of this work appears to be happing (for the time being) in industry, where it’s harder for the rest of us to learn from these innovations.
Researchers: let’s see more work on voting systems! If I build a points system into my community site, how should it work?