Stack Exchange is looking for sites that are willing to try out their 1 reputation voting experiment, which aims to improve participation and engagement. You can read more about it in this MSE post: “If more users could vote, would they engage more? Testing 1 reputation voting on some sites”.
TL;DR: We are interested in finding 2-3 Stack Exchange sites willing to volunteer to test lowering the reputation required to upvote and downvote to 1 so that we can understand how this change impacts participation on sites. This test will be run with direct communication between the company and the moderation teams and we will be monitoring user behavior during the tests for specific indications that adjustments to tooling or ending the test may be necessary. If successful, we'd like to expand this change to the network.
We’ve historically used reputation as a way to prevent misuse, but in doing so we’ve made it hard for people to participate at all without creating content. By removing or changing some of these barriers to participation, we hope to spur participation and engagement - including posting, voting, and curation/moderation. The goal of this particular project is to understand the impact of removing the reputation required to upvote and downvote.
Movies & TV SE has a low voting rate/participation
I think this experiment could be a great opportunity for Movies & TV SE. I’ve noticed that our site has a low voting rate/participation, despite having a wide scope, covering all kinds of movies and TV shows. Reputation is hard to come by, which might make new users feel unwelcome or discouraged from participating.
I believe the idea of the experiment is to see if more voting power (and more shiny internet points) will motivate more users to contribute. Most users tend to upvote more than downvote. And who doesn’t like a boost in their rep, right? More rep means more activity and participation. We can easily go back to the status quo if it doesn’t work out. We have nothing to lose by trying it out, and we might gain a lot in terms of participation and engagement.
On potential abuse
I’ve expressed some concerns about potential abuse of the lower rep requirement in this post on Arqade (Gaming SE) Meta. Catija (a community manager) assured me that the CMs will be watching out for any potential abuse and that the moderators and the CMs have the tools to prevent and deal with any abuse that might occur.