I think it's unfortunate that recipients of a downvote feel
the need to complain to the heavens that voting changes
immediately. In the context of this thread, however, I think
that a statement on downvotes and their distribution is in
fact within the bounds. The question was about why certain
nodes get voted up or down, regardless of apparent
content/context. I've received a few downvotes. I accept it
as a fact of being on a moderated board. But when a question
like this comes up, it has a double entendre.
footpad wonders whether he is not seeing an underlying
trend, and that is a fantastic thing for anybody who writes
code to do. But since the trend would be gestalt to our
individual voices, we can only say why we vote. I've noticed
that of the responses, they come from monks who I already
expect to hear why they voted ++ or --.
When I have made statements in the past about voting, I
did not do so to complain. I did so to generate discussion.
Do I feel that the voting system is bad? No. Could it be
better? Maybe. In regards to reputation viewing, it'd be
nice, and I'm going to feel that way for some time to come.
In order to finally get around to my big point, however,
I looked at the Voting Guidelines (or 'How should I spend my votes?'),
and I don't know why I've ever received downvotes. I
haven't screamed to vroom whenever it's happened, either.
I don't see the point. But, I also don't see the point of
avoiding the question when it's clear that good ideas can
come from a good heated impersonal argument. Since I've
been a vocal proponent of considering change on this thread,
I felt it necessary to at least defend my statements.
ALL HAIL BRAK!!!
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