Re: the opening assertion
The voting system is not flawed, at least not in the way pro asserts. People do not simply vote their bias as was seen in my debate with billbatard regarding 0.999... = 0.
Oromagi insisted that my claim was incorrect and that he could have done a better job (i disagree as my claim is a clear cut fact), but still voted for me based on the merit of my arguments.
My opponent suggests that the only proper options are universal suffrage or elite rule as in the old days. Universal sufferage has never been the norm. Children, convicted felons, and non citizens are forbidden from voting in almost every country. Sensible restrictions are always a good thing. The rules on this website are quite logical and reasonable. A brand new account cannot, and should not, be allowed to vote. Otherwise I will just make a ton of fake accounts and arguments will be decided based on who has more time to make fake accounts. That is in no way good.
As for the elites suggestion.... did that ever work out for the better in the past? What do you even mean by elites? Experts are only experts in narrow fields, and throughout most history, especially when elites held sole sufferage, their elite status had nothing to do with expertise but money and lineage, which resulted in elites who served themselves and no one else. No thank you.
Furthermore, how is this site to maintain a sufficient membership of elites? They will require compensation. Where will DART find money to pay these elites? What will happen if many elites decide to do other things besides judging votes on a website?
And finally my opponent claims persecution because he is a socialist. Considering past debates, it appears his definition of socialist is amongst the most moderate, if valid at all, and by which definition I may also be considered a socialist, openly advocating for public assitance and government intervention. I have felt no such repression based on my political beliefs on this site.
Although i think the criteria for a valid vote is much to high, resulting in few votes on most topics, but a rush of votes for coveted FF, no explaination needed debates. The criteria for being allowed to vote are very reasonable. I certainly understand the reasoning behind expecting detailed voter prescriptions, but i think the resulting consequences speak for themselves. Those requirements should be relaxed *slightly*.