I've been in the art portal for a few weeks and it just occurred to me:
People are allowed to vote on their own pieces.
Well, I kinda stumbled upon this by accident when I accidentally voted one of my pieces a "1". TBH, I always thought that if a person tried to vote on their own art, it would return an error like "You can't vote on your own piece" or something. Or I thought the vote would be discounted. But it seems like it works...
Why, though? Seems like it's just going to be exploited.
And also, I wanted to ask your opinions about voting "0" or "5" to sway the average. I've done the latter a few times on pieces that I thought were getting undeservedly low scores. Like voting "5" to raise the average from a 2.-something to a 3, at least. But I've seen it go both ways. Some people also vote highly rated pieces with "0"s and "1"s to knock the score down to what they think it should be.
Now that I think about it, it seems like a bad way to vote on pieces since the score is meant to be a general opinion, not the opinion of a single person. And voting a piece that's rated, say, a 4.7 a "0" because you think it deserves a 4.4 overall kind of defeats the purpose since you are not actually representing your opinion. Likewise, voting a piece rated 1.5 a "5" just because you think it deserves a 3 also defeats the purpose.
So I guess my question is: is it more proper just to vote based on your personal opinion or trying to sway the average?