In response to yesterday’s discussion at Fantasy on why people don’t comment on fiction as much (which is still ongoing and has followup questions from me, so please keep participating!), some people brought up the idea of having some sort of voting system on a story — like a thumbs up they could press if they enjoyed the read. Alaya Johnson and Mary Kowal also had this idea when we were hanging out at KGB last week. I think it’s a great idea.
I’ve been looking for a plugin of that nature and have yet to find one. There are a few that allow visitors to vote, usually assigning a number of stars, but none that do just Thumbs Up or Down, and none that hide the result from the visitors. I’d like to be able to say to authors “You got 30 thumbs up!” but not allow them to see that the story from a week ago got 60 or something. That would drive me insane as an author.
Anyway, are there any plugin writers out there? Do you know any? Seems like a simple thing to create, but not being a programmer myself I don’t know for sure. I think this might even work better as a stand-alone thing not necessarily tied to WordPress. Other online magazines might like to incorporate something of this nature, too.