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RE: RE: Help me understand...(FAQ anyone?)

by footpad (Monsignor)
on Oct 19, 2000 at 06:08 UTC ( #37456=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to RE: Help me understand...(FAQ anyone?)
in thread Help me understand...

Nesura,

Good points and thanks for the links. I find those very helpful.

My pondering, though, wasn't about how to spend my votes. I find many things interesting and educational.

In reviewing the nodes that appeared on Worst Nodes over the last several days (and reading the all-time residents), I saw nodes appear that I interpreted as reasonable questions/comments. My question, then, was an attempt to draw out the reasons why people vote down.

What criteria do you use to vote up or down?

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RE: RE: RE: Help me understand...(FAQ anyone?)
by BlaisePascal (Monk) on Oct 19, 2000 at 06:16 UTC
    Here's a lousy suggestion ;-)...

    It seems that your question isn't so much "why do people vote things down" as it's "why did these reasonable questions/comments get voted down".

    Perhaps if you specified which nodes you think got voted down for no discernable reason, we could tell you why we (hypothetically) would (or would not have) voted them down.

    It could be random... Once, I posted a reasonable question, and gave a flippant reply to one of the answers. I was surprised to see the reps of both the original question and the flippant reply shoot up over $NORM for no discernable reason -- so much so, I even asked (fruitlessly) why the reply was voted up so much! If flippant comments can have large meaningless reps, I suppose good posts may end up with large meaningless negative reps.

    But I could be wrong...

      BlaisePascal,

      I thought about that; I honestly did. However, I would rather not showcase these posts because of the potential for embarassment or for unhelpful rhetoric (as seen in earlier threads along these lines). I really am not trying to incite something.

      I had hoped that folks would check out Worst Nodes and see if they voted a listed node down, that they would describe in general terms why they voted that way.

      FWIW, Petruchio has been a great help via Chatterbox. He very patiently carried on a conversation with me while dealing with tiny little hands grubbing for the mouse. (And quite adeptly, too)

      Also, TurnStep's "bio" has been helpful (thanks kudra) as have the follow-ups.

      Would anyone mind if I tried to distill these and other thoughts together? (It'll take a few days, as I've got a lot on my plate at the moment.)

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