You raise interesting points with regard to the social impact of voting, I haven't come across discussions, scientific or otherwise, of the negative aspects of downvoting when I was researching the feasibility of this idea so if you can give me the names of these forums that would be quite useful to my endeavor. Because, yeah, we want our website to continue from where others have reached and avoid some of the pitfalls you may say, that others have experienced.
Search refinement is something we considered and would implement.
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