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On the Merits of Voting

Just before the MySQL User Conference, Dups implemented a small little feature for Planet MySQL: “voting”. We wanted to see what a voting system might mean to you, our PlanetMySQL readers.

The question is now how to improve the voting mechanism to make it more useful. The goal is for everyone to see what you and your peers think are the best PlanetMySQL entries over a given week.

Here are some of the options:

1. Open up voting to everyone regardless of whether they are logged in or not. Currently you can only vote if you are logged in with a account. Let’s face it, a login gives a barrier to entry even as much as it gives us the security of knowing we won’t get spammed.

One option is to allow all to vote, within the constraints of spam control of some kind. Another option …

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