||I understand your stance on this issue, and that of the other editors, yet I shall continue to disagree. I have been pondering this rating system more, whilst at the Cosmos Club eating my dinner, and have ironed out a few more details.
Changing the ratings to a defined scale for people to choose from is the simple part. There is no actual work to be done. The hard part (technically speaking) will be assigning the ratings points to people. You see, whoever the comment is replying to shall receive the points awarded to the comment. I think an average for each comment is adequate for these purposes, rather than a sum of all the ratings for each comment. Comments directly responding to an article shall award the points to the author of the article. Of course, to avoid cheating or addition problems, this all must be implemented with scoop and the infallible machines that run it.
To illustrate, I offer this one example. As of this writing, this comment has received an average rating of four. Therefore, the author that the comment replies to would gain four points. This is, of course, assuming the comment would receive the same rating under the new rating guidelines. If not, I am sure we are all capable of having scoop do the math.
If this is not satisfactory, then I shall rethink my recommendations and post a new one shortly. Otherwise, let us start the scoring! It may be easier than Scrabble, but the scores will be much higher!
Your ever so humble user,
It's all right to cry,
Crying takes the sad out of you.
-- Rosey Grier