Back in the day, votes by IPs for Feature, Deletion, NotM, etc., always counted as half a vote, while registered users got a full vote. The idea was to prevent some random people from changing the vote who didn't even have an account. And it was to help allay suspicion that a user might be getting two full votes, one as an account and one as an IP.
And that was back in the day when at least a total of 10 votes (for - against) was necessary for Feature. Now that fewer people are voting and articles get featured with a score of four, it seems to be even more important to not give equal weight to IPs/cell phones. Any user could easily mention they have an article up for VFH to a couple of friends, those friends could come and vote, and voila, your article of random excrement is now on the front page.
- I don't know the answer, I wonder too! :) DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 03:00, June 27, 2018 (UTC)