It is the convention that in Meta one can downvote to simply say "I disagree with this post", without there being anything wrong in terms of content, research etc. in the post itself.

When downvoting on this Meta site (and I suspect all others as well) users get a popup bubble urging them to leave a comment on how this post could be improved, or something to that effect (try it!). Also the hover messages are the same as the SE sites, which doesn't do anything to help.

That messages are contradictory to the purpose of downvotes on Meta sites, as described in my first paragraph, and potentialy confusing. I propose the message gets changed into something that urges the user to write an answer on why they think the idea presented in the post is wrong, or get rid of it on Meta sites alltogether.

  • Which meta are you talking about? This site, Area 51 Discussions?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Oct 15, 2014 at 19:56
  • @AnnaLear Yes. I haven't tried it on other Metas.
    – rath
    Oct 31, 2014 at 22:50
  • Wow I should've specified people undo the downvote afterwards!
    – rath
    Oct 31, 2014 at 22:51

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The message is not displayed on other Meta's. At least it is not on pets https://pets.meta.stackexchange.com/

There is a new version of Area51 in the works, it is due out some time last year (yep over due). Major changes are unlikely between now and the new version.

  • I wonder if it's reputation based? Just checked and I get the message here, on Pets meta and on SO meta but not EE meta where I'm a 10k user. Perhaps if you don't get it here it's a 2k type thing?
    – PeterJ
    Oct 16, 2014 at 0:18
  • That could be. I just checked and a site where I am 2k+ no message, others where I am below 2k I am seeing the message. You could try bringing it up on meta.stackexchange.com that would be the best location for a cross site proposal which is what you are discussing. Oct 16, 2014 at 0:22

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