I agree. We did ask for visibility on votes. Not only who voted, but why. Can't improve if people just hide behind their votes. We'll see what the admins decide.bylo wrote: ↑Jul 15th, 2017 9:29 amHow does one improve the quality of their posts when the downvotes convey no information about why they were cast, i.e. what was it about the quality of the post that the downvoter found to be objectionable?
I appreciate that sometimes it's obvious, e.g. a blatantly rude comment(*). Even so, one person's interpretation of rudeness may not reflect the poster's intent. Or perhaps the poster's command of English isn't good enough to realize that their language is taken as rude. Or maybe the poster didn't realize that their comment was a double-entendre, etc.
But often the reason isn't so obvious. How does a poster know if their post got downvoted because it contained factually incorrect information, expressed a (respectful or not) opinion that the downvoter disagreed with, wasn't a "deal" in the downvoter's opinion, violated one of the posting rules of this forum (and if so, which one?)(*), was a duplicate of some other thread, contained a spelling/grammatical error, was clicked in error (the two icons are side-by-side), etc?
P.S. (*) in these cases ISTM a more appropriate action would be to report the post rather than downvote it. That would result in faster intervention by the moderators.
That being said...he has received a lot of downvotes. Over 500. I'm sure he can figure out why just by reviewing his post history. That being said, he's also received nearly triple that in up-votes. So while many do find his posts useful, 30% are in disagreement or some other reason we don't know of, due to lack of visibility.
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