Sphinn Drops Voting & SEO Community Revolts

Sep 2, 2010 • 8:39 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under SEO & SEM Forum News

I doubt you missed the big SEO community news from yesterday. Danny Sullivan announced in a Sphinn thread that Sphinn will be going the editorial route and be removing voting. Instead, editors will decide what should be on the front page and not users.

Users can still submit content, but editors have the final say on what makes it to the front page of Sphinn. The goal is to have hand picked content that the community can discuss, as opposed to have users vote on content submitted by anyone. Read Danny's full explanation for more details.

The community, at least the ones upset with the decision, were extremely vocal about their dislike of this decision. Some are saying that the moderators will only allow their "friends" content on the front page. Some are saying that taking away voting removes the core of the Sphinn site. Some are saying that this just makes it one more discussion forum. Personally, I have no idea - but I'd like to see how this model works.

What do you think? Here is an anonymous poll:

There are many threads and blog posts about it, most linked to in the primary Sphinn thread.

Forum discussion at several Sphinn threads.

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