Earlier this month, Sphinn (disclosure, I am extremely involved with the company behind Sphinn) dropped user voting on stories and the industry revolted. It was a big deal for a couple days and now you don't hear much about it. So I felt it was a good time to start up the controversy, especially since I am offline right now (scheduled post).
Back then, I posted a poll asking if removing voting from Sphinn essentially kills the site? I'll tell you that I responded, "not sure," but most people are confident. 70% said either Sphinn is dead without voting or they don't care either way, which may be the same thing - Sphinn is dead.
Personally, I don't know. Here are the 150 or so responses:
- 40% said Sphinn Is Dead
- 30% said Don't Care
- 15% said Sphinn Is NOT Dead
- 8% said they are Not Sure
- Rest said "Other answer..."
Most the other comments said that Sphinn "was already dead." But my favorite comment, although it makes me sad, was "I bet this gets more voted than the best Sphinn today."
Forum discussion continued at Sphinn.
Note: This post was written September 21st and scheduled to go live today.
Update: On September 22nd, Sphinn announced the Sphinn 3.0 changes, which make non-voting official, amongst other things.