My site focuses on the controversial topic of hard-boiled-egg-breaking. Most of my users are from the hit-round-ends school, but a few are from the hit-pointy-ends school. These two groups struggle to get along in the world at large, but they have both, somehow, managed to participate constructively on my site.
The problem is that we have posts with a voting system, and round-ender posts are vastly dominating the voting. Surely some of this is innocent — good posts should get upvoted, after all — and people are more likely to vote on posts they feel especially qualified to evaluate, but it appears that there may be more going on. As a moderator I can't see specific votes (that's secret), but it looks like the round-enders tend to vote up other round-enders (and may even downvote pointy-enders), and the pointy-enders do the same with their own peers. Since there are way more round-enders, it's pretty hard for a pointy-ender's posts to get positive attention. Even if my suspicions about voting patterns are wrong, there's an appearance — and the pointy-enders are starting to complain.
I've already pointed out to the community at large that we should be voting on posts not people, and that a post we disagree with can still be worthy of an upvote if it answers the question well, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Should I do more to help out the pointy-enders? If so, how do I do so without compromising the integrity of my site? Or, do I just admit that it's a round-ender world and pointy-enders will need to get used to being the underdogs? I'd like them to stick around and help my site but I'm afraid they're going to start leaving if we can't do something.