“Rotten tomatoes” are in some ways more beneficial than “ripe ones,” in determining whether-or-not I want to go see the film. But the two counts are always tallied and presented separately, because sometimes it is most useful to know how many tomatoes were thrown. (“How much actual interest did this film generate?”)
I sometimes sorely wish that folks could disavow themselves of the notion that “I take XP personally,” because I don’t. (Gasp!) Yet the presupposition that I do prejudices your perspective on what I am saying here ... so ... “Get over it. I’m just not that into you.” Let us instead focus upon what I sincerely meant to be the original focus: Who do we serve, and why, and how can we do it better?
When I search for an answer to my current problem, it is frankly very irritating to stumble upon a long-winded thread about the petty-politics of, say, 2004. I don’t care. If, on the other hand, I could search only for threads that garnered at-least so-many positive votes, and never-mind the negative ones ... that would be a useful enhancement to the PerlMonks historical knowledge-base. That would “do it better.”