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thoughts on voting
Here are a couple of suggestions to address issues concerning voting that are being discussed. Or these changes could just mix things up and add a little excitement to buxr!:
1. Voting and/or deal posting could be anonymous until the deal is no longer eligible for the contest. Currently only the monthly "pick the prize" vote is anonymous, but this could be expanded on an experimental basis. If the number of votes garnered by a deal were secret, I predict this would greatly change the types of deals that win. Currently, deals "pick up steam" as more and more people vote on them so as not to miss out on points. The result is sometimes not so great deals win.
2. The number of votes per member per day for contest eligible deals could be limited, say 1 for every 3 deals posted by all members each day. This would cut down on voting for everything just to get the points for the day and encourage much more selective voting. However, the eligible deals might have to be delayed by a day to be fair (so that everyone gets the same number of votes). But, this could be a good thing--by cutting down on people waiting until the last minute to log in and vote for the "clear winners."
3. Alternatively, in addition to the limited votes members could get "bonus votes", say 1 bonus vote for every 2-3 deals posted. This would encourage deal posting and thereby increase the primary value and purpose of the site which is to find great shopping deals.
We should not lose sight of the goal of buxr which is to become a premier destination for those in search of great deals that have been posted, edited, and vetted by a dedicated community of bargain hunters. In that case, we all win!