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  1. #1 The Woowoo factor 
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    There are some sites I participate in that use a ranking system for every post, if people feel so inclined to leave feedback. One site for example gives the option to the OP to answer yes or no on every post "Was this post helpful for you?" and in this way, different posters achieve different ratings based on feedback their posts receive.
    I was wondering if a modified system along these lines would be possible here so that people can vote for woowoo's. Sometimes people come here and ask questions or really want help, and a woowoo answers in a woowoo way. Instead of being "forum freshman" or "forum PhD", if they compile enough woowoo votes I think it'd be handy for their label to be "woowoo" instead so people aren't led astray by nonsense answers.
    This of course would require a solid plan to make sure that only true woowoo's could get this label but it'd be a nice feature imo.


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    Actually I think the opposite feature would be useful too - not necessarily to give posters positive ratings but to well establish themselves as "not woowoos" in case bitter people (or actual woowoos) vote them woowoo out of spite.


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    I'm all for that idea
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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