Yes, yes I know this has been done to death and I know there will be plenty trolls ready to jump on me and flame this post.. I have also been warned by others about trying this again, but I am nothing if not persistent and will give this one last try.
I have stopped posting deals on this site and will not do so until the voting system changes. I have posted many deals not seen on other such sites.
But truly, I think the cold voters are not to blame - theirs is a Pavlovian response. If they see something they can avail of - freebie which is global and costs nothing and sends it to their doorstep or pc free of cost completely, without too much trouble.
Forms to fill in? Oh no. Need to tweet someone? Oh no. Need to like it on Facebook? No no no. Answer a simple question - Good God no. I'll vote it cold.
What is this? Free training for public sector people? Not for me - cold.
Free training for people who live or work in social housing? No, dear God no, that is not me - vote cold.
I mean seriously, a freebie and yet it gets voted cold??
There is a point coming and that is...
Take away cold voting.
Default ranking should be 0.
Any good deals should get voted hot.
That way people will learn to go to hot deals (hello, the name of the site!) and sift through those that are 0 and decide for themselves - the title usually says it all anyway - the rating is not needed for those.
This will stop the mindless negative voting that goes on and is not indicative of the deal - that is the thing! The deal can be good - I may live in that neck of the woods and can spread the word quickly about a local deal. But the rest of the country can **** all over the deal and vote it cold so I don't see it!! What the h**l is that all about?
So here is an earnest plea from a contributor of 50+ deals, someone who sees other sites and thinks this is not working well on HUKD.
Change the voting system - anything will be better than what it is currently.