I don't think SP can escape the current binary voting system of 10/10 or nothing. In a fair world, a lot of good pages would get an 8/10 or 9/10, but with the current system, that would sink such good pages below a lot of crap.
I recall putting a lot into this page
. I really wanted to end the road confusion and give good directions for this area. Several of the people in our club had gotten lost, trying to follow the roads to 6 mile canyon, and the roads from the NE. Good 'ole 1000pks saw I was working on that area, and wanted me to notify him first when it was done. He immediately voted 8/10, saying that was a generous vote, knowing full well that with the current system, it would send the page to the trash heap, because the rating came out like 75%. I deleted the page and put it up again, adding only the one picture that 1000pks said was absolutely necessary: the register.
In the current system, one 8/10 vote can sink a page, IF you believe the philosophy of SP, that the voting tends to send bad pages to the bottom. Myself, I check all information; a lot of the pre-2006 pages are quite useful, but have lower average scores from the days of anonymous voting.
If you give a low vote, say why in the comments section, and indicate how the page owner might improve the page.
PS: The user response (2 people) to that page has been curiously negative. If people get lost failing to follow directions, they usually want to put the blame on the instructions. One fellow keyed a waypoint into his GPS by hand, then claimed "my waypoint" was way off. I checked the waypoint, found it was exact, and asked him if he had keyed it in correctly. He hadn't; but why he complained before checking this out is beyond me. Another fellow thought I had sandbagged the route from 6-mile canyon, claiming it was class 4, not 2. I asked him if he followed my instructions, and he said no, he likes to do his own thing and thought the cliffs looked like a better route than mine. But that really wasn't my problem... except in his own eyes and his reporting to other people.
So again... why do we do this?