Anonymity a good thing for The Pool?

* This is not a blog post about Liverpools anonymous season…

The new a4u has been live a few days now and one of the most improved sections is “The Pool“. Previously you had to wade through the constant onslaught of network promotions as the blog section was fed via RSS. Now that The Pool is fed via user submissions 99% of the articles seem to be interesting and relevant. There has also been a change in the way articles get voted on. Previously if you liked an article your name/gravatar got associated with it, and likewise if you “disliked” and article. The advantage was that it quickly becomes apparent when a blog post was being “spammed” to the top, but it might have put people off either voting against the post (as they don’t want to appear negative) or voting for it (as they cant be associated with the post for whatever reason).

The new system is totally anonymous which in theory should rectify the aforementioned problems. However, what seems to be happening is that more people are voting down the articles (it could be part of the algorithm that you lost points over time…). You just have to go to page 2 of the 4 pages of submitted articles to find posts in the minus points.

I know “The Pool” is new and the guys at the A4u are working hard to get the best algorithm in place to display the best content, but in my opinion this industry needs positivity over negativity. So is Anonymity the way forward?

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