Good lord! Are they for real with that add-on?
Maybe it's just me, but that looks like a cure that's worse than the "problem" it's attempting to address.
Really? I didn't see a problem... what can you see?
I didn't see a problem either, so I'm curious...
I think the problem I have is that Good Post/Bad Post
plays into something I believe is one of the most negative aspects of web technology - the ability to screen out comments, opinions, and news that you'd rather not hear or think about.
This is a problem with much of what passes for "being well informed" in the new order of things. More and more people are tuning out what they don't want to hear, and zeroing in on sources and commentary that already supports their present opinions.
It's basically a form of censorship masquerading as "personal choice," and IMHO, it's a very dangerous trend.
I'm sure much of my attitude is shaped by my upbringing, education, and the times I grew up in. But I've noticed a distinct difference in willingness on the part of people younger than myself to be pushed outside their philosophical comfort zone. And that goes along with a greater willingness to indulge in what I see as forms of groupthink
So my personal warning bells go off when I see something that basically says: "Let's all privately vote on something's merit, and then use the results to screen out
anything we don't deem worthy of attention."
In Plato's Apology
, Socrates argued for the role of the 'gadfly' in human society.
I'm inclined to agree with him on that point.
Just my two δραχμαί...