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: Ben Langhinrichs7009 27 Nov 2007
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Idea Jam is great for getting ideas out there, but it is rapidly becoming clear that the simple number of promotions may not always raise the right Ideas to the top.  Since there is no differentiation between a Promotion for an idea you are really serious about and one you just think is OK, the Top Ideas can easily become the least offensive, but not necessarily the most worthwhile.
 
I propose that in addition to the current Promotion/Demotion system, each user be given 1000 IdeaJam Dollars.  Those dollars can then be divided amongst the ideas you voted for in any way you like.  You could give ten IdeaJam dollars to each of 100 Ideas, or you could put the whole 1000 on an idea you thought was real important.  The Top Ideas ranking would then be based on the amount spent.  That way, rather than an Idea which nobody could oppose but nobody really cares about winding up on top, the Ideas that bubble up could be based on a more scarce resource, so might have more value.  I might allocate a lot of money to a relatively obscure idea that was really important to me, so the voting would start being based on priority, not simply basic levels of approval.  You could still Promote all the Ideas you thought were OK for consideration, but they wouldn't get to the top just because you said "Why not?", but only because you cared enough to allocate your funds that way.  This would also minimize the impact of trolls who try to Demote everything, since there is no money in a No vote.





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