I used to get "upset" (though that is too strong a term) when I got downvoted without comment. If my answer isn't good enough then I'd like to know why. Not only does it improve the answer for the OP but it improves my knowledge too.
Where the down-vote has been explained I've found it useful & ...
@MikeVanTrufflebutt "require comment on DV" has been requested bunches of times on MSE; I linked to the one many of them are closed as dupes of. I've read this in the past but not just now so don't remember exactly what's in there.
But sometimes I'd just be saying the same thing I've said to a particular user ten times this week already, and (a) it hasn't worked so far and (b) he'll feel I'm nagging, so in that case I might just vote and move on. I should be able to do that.
Downvoting is an important function, one that doesn't happen enough sometimes, and I don't want to artificially constrain it more than it's already constrained.
I want people to use votes -- in both directions -- responsibly, and I hope most of us do that most of the time.
@Mike, to give the really really really short version, downvotes are an easy way to identify crap we don't want. The more hoops you make people jump through to do that, the more time it takes to identify crap, and less crap ends up getting identified which is bad for site quality.
@MikeVanTrufflebutt Hopefully you aren't just sticking around for the gamification, but because you want to help create an awesome resource of high quality Q&A. If the gamification helps you achieve that, we are of course ecstatic, but it's usually better if you believe in the goal behind the gamification too.
At the end of the day, almost all design decisions are made because they help us end up with better (higher quality, more useful) questions and answers for future visitors. The people who participate in the site actively are not that many compared to the people who come to our site from search engines.
When I joined SE @Mike, some folks assumed I was a developer because I had 3k rep on SO. Couldn't be further from the truth! I think that rep is a great thing to have, but I don't think the presence of a score means you're a good developer, or that the lack of it means you're bad. More of a signaling thing.
Following Telastyn's answer, we have to buy croissants for the whole team each time we break the build. This obviously has the double effect of making us more careful and more relaxed.
Until you can prove otherwise, assume your colleague has Tourette's syndrome and encourage him to seak treatmen...
People post a bad question, for any of the following reasons:
No sign of any attempt to solve problem
Classic help vampire question
This gets downvoted and often without comments.
It's exhausting and tiring work to constantly co...
@MikeVanTrufflebutt I guess I find it a bit presumptuous and absolutely ridiculous someone would immediately suggest confronting a coworker and basically say "you should seek treatment for tourettes" as a first course of response
I'm pretty sure that in most reasonable workplaces doing this basically will get you in significant trouble with all but the most unreasonable managers
and probably result in a career limiting move quality of action
> Meta effect is actively detrimental to welcoming new users to Meta. Because of that, and because the purpose of Meta is to freely discuss issues related to Stack Overflow, I propose that we institute a system-imposed voting freeze...
A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for similar situations, or by two different people in the same situation. A double standard may take the form of an instance in which certain concepts (often, for example, a word, phrase, social norm, or rule) are perceived as acceptable to be applied by one group of people, but are considered unacceptable—taboo—when applied by another group.
The concept of a double standard has long been applied (as early as 1872) to the fact that different moral structures are often applied to men and women in society.
A double standard can...
I hope I'm writing this type of question in the right StackExchange place, but if I'm wrong, I will delete it immediately. Sorry for that.
But if I get in the right place, well then I got this question.
I'm looking of starting my Online Service Business for working for clients / people, who nee...
NEWS FLASH: After 6-8 weeks of waiting, you can now write queries for beta sites using the data explorer
The data explorer uses TSQL which seems to be similar to regular SQL with a few variations. You can browse existing queries and yoink stuff from them as well.
For instance, taking this q...
@enderland that's because some "recommend deletion" votes from the queue factored in. It would be weird to see "deleted by X, Y, and Z" if Y and Z don't have enough rep to delete -- but those "recommend" actions from the queue can still result in deletion. So in that case they don't list names.