Steven wrote:With 2014 kicking off, a number of updates are being prepared, but following discussion among the mods, we'd like to ask for further input on steps to improve the voting system.
First of all, as suggestions, downvotes will require a reason (selecting from a number of options). It's unclear yet what these options should be, so we'd welcome some suggestions or ideas.
- Would it be useful to also need a reason for upvotes?
- Currently posts get hidden with 2 downvotes. Should that number be changed?
- Should thread ratings be (votes/posts) rather than currently the total nr of votes?
- Should a similar count be used for a user's reputation?
- Should team threads be closed for voting?
This is just a limited list. Entirely different suggestions are more than welcome!
I like the idea for giving a reason for downvoting. This gives the poster a chance to edit his/her post with a response, as well as coaching for future posts before accumulating more downvotes. Downvote reasons could be "Off Topic", "trivial", "lacking evidence", "plagiarism", or "inflammatory".
I'd decrease the hidden threshold to -3, especially since votes tend to have a snowball effect. But then it also doesn't seem like many people have the ability to downvote yet, so I wouldn't make the threshold too low.
Changing thread ratings to votes/posts sounds good to me, but it sounds like that would result in a lot of low numbers (even in the best threads, there are way more posts than votes, so thread ratings would be less than 1). Maybe then multiply that result by 10 or 100. Same deal with user reputation.