We just launched a new quickpost feature. We didn't bother doing any planning or invoking any forethought, so the feature may be a little messy for now.
If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me in comments here.
Quickposts: Niero will go into this in more detail later, but a high level view is we want to allow different forms of communication that can peacefully co-exist with our long form high quality posts, and we want them all to be visible.
This is part of an ongoing process of also breaking down the wall between editorial posts and cblogs bestof. We want cblog content to play a bigger role on the homepage, for instance, because it's so often so damn good.
But few users post. We need to lower the barrier to entry to blogging on dtoid.
Concise posts can be great posts, and sometimes a thought is best expressed inline. The way we mix the different kinds of posts is a bit of an art, rather than a science, so expect many changes in that area going forward. (see Update 1 below)
Voting changes: Haven't you ever seen a post that was so good that it just demands to be upvoted twice? Ten times? It's infuriating to rank everything on the same scale - a single up or down vote. Initially we opened up this feature widely without limits to get some data and play with the algorithm settings. We now limit the number of times you can vote on one post to the number of followers you have. This way, users who have a stronger voice in the community also get to express their opinions more strongly. We think that's a fair postulate to maintain, but we will be tweaking this over time too
So in summary: more voices, but a better way to find the best of those voices. Or: everything is in flux! CHAOS REIGNS!
Update 1: We've removed quick posts from the more popular site views like the /blogs/ page. This way you don't have to worry about quick posts showing up on top of long-form content.
Update 2: You can now only upvote (and soon, downvote) a post as many times as the count of your followers. Meaning, if you have 13 followers, like my pathetic ass, I can only upvote this post 13 times.