You need to be a full member to vote. In order to be a full member, you need to have at least 10 posts to your name (This used to be 35) but nevertheless, you seem to have been registerd for over 2 years now and have no posts [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
I think the point is that a vote from a full member would be much more preferable than one that has no history, or just grabs at information.
I personally would weigh members that have used several tools much higher than ones who simply vote for what they know and have been using for awhile. I was amused at the term lurking I think it is very descriptive. I also think it appropriate that people who lurk are not full members.
At any rate Walter and any one else should respect the few simple rules that exist on this or any community forum. Also you should realize that in order to be a full member of a community you have to give as well as take.
Exactly... The point of having established members vote is to make sure the person actually knows what they are talking about, and to avoid having people that would just register all their yahoo test accounts to vote! This way you can actually have a real balanced electronic vote, and the number of posts you have give you (residency if you will)
I would love to see the result, but I think I've got only 2-3 posts as of this one. Whether or not voting should be limited to contributing members (I don't think it says that much about the knowledge of the member. You should instead base it on karma, which gives a better indication) is one thing, but viewing the vote should be free to all. How can new members ever learn anything if everything is restricted?