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Would Area51 Be More Effective Without Down Votes?

Unfortunately, no — Area 51 would not be more effective without down-votes under the current process. Yes, we might be able to push more proposals through, but without a means of expressing ...
6 votes
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Should people have to comment on why they downvoted?

This has been discussed before countless times on Meta Stack Exchange: Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received? Encouraging ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
5 votes

Does Area 51 have quality bans?

Question and answer blocking was not implemented in the proposal process, and there are no plans to do so; it doesn't really make sense in that context (not without significant re-engineering). The "...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
5 votes

Specify the reasons for your downvotes

There is no requirement on any Stack Exchange site to explain your downvotes. And there shouldn't be. Should everyone explain why they upvote? If you think someone should be required to comment when ...
warren's user avatar
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Does Area 51 have quality bans?

Kind of, if you collect a lot of down votes you can lose abilities. See Related Hypothetically, what if you fall below 25 rep? & How does a user with no activity get to 35 rep on Area51?
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Is Area 51 somehow like a per-site meta?

Yes. See the answer here: Why doesn't Area 51 have its own Meta?, which was posted by a former Stack Overflow employee: According to Robert Cartaino, the Area 51 Discussion Zone is intended to ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Should I ask off-topic questions?

According to the text above, I should ask off-topic. No, that's not what it says. It says if you're not sure whether a question would be off-topic or not, you should ask it. If you're skeptical about ...
Glorfindel's user avatar

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