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No, vote honestly. Determining the scope is the most crucial part of creating a healthy SE community. (And the part where the old site failed, I think.)


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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 disagreement, offbeat (and sometimes frankly bad) ideas can only trickle upward even with only a small contingent of users who may be unfamiliar with the underlying ...


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No, a site based entirely on a survey of user opinion — and similar ideas soliciting alternative content — aren't currently a good fit for a Stack Exchange Q&A site. Apart from the technical considerations, the primary reason we don't currently host "public opinion polls" and various alternative uses for the Stack Exchange engine is the ...


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If we examine the highly progressed proposals, we see that in most of them, the participants are gaming the upvoting example questions, as to quickly reach the required number of questions with 10 upvotes, rather than 'voting honestly'. I think there's a disconnect between any idea of what it means for individuals to vote "honestly" and the reality of being ...


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Please ask your questions wisely Most people are aware that they have a limited number of votes and therefore they have to choose. The problem is, if you have a few good questions, and a lot of crap, or in best case, mediocre questions. Most people don't like voting mediocre questions, and many folks here really dislike if someone upvotes crap only to put ...


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As far as I see the comments were simply deleted since the dicussion got a bit lengthy and happened somewhere where it is not really supposed to happen (I did not pay close attention though), and note that one highly vote comment pointing out the fact that one should spread ones votes was left, so it can't be that it is somehow "not allowed" to mention this. ...


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I don't know if that really needs to be discussed. I mean, logic already implies that if you “spread out the votes along the 10-point border”, you're merely kidding yourself because you're actually stretching the votes to push the proposal into private beta. The result will be that you'll have a hard time when private beta starts – sure, you only need a few ...


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It is a user preference. At the top of the list of example questions, there are four options for sorting questions. 'My vote', 'active', 'newest' & 'votes' You can choose how they are sorted. Sometimes I accidentally sort them differently, I imagine this is what just happened to you.


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Area 51 has devolved to the point where gaming is a requirement to move forward. If everyone voted without gaming no site would ever move out of definition phase. Most proposals would have maybe 10 questions with A LOT of votes and hundred more with less than 10 votes, a year would pass and the proposal would be closed. Looking at sites that have been ...


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I don't believe we can impose rules for voting. This has been discussed on several meta sites and FAQs. People will vote according to their own beliefs. We can offer advice. I see nothing wrong with upvoting an answer if you have a strong belief that the answer is correct. For example, you may have direct knowledge of someone who uses the recommended ...


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I think this only becomes a problem if people use these revotes on questions that do not really belong to the proposal -- as long as you pay attention to the quality of the questions and not merely vote on any question to get its number to ten, you're not really subverting the purpose of the voting system; the questions that get the new votes are good ...


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Area 51 runs on a very old Stack Exchange codebase, so changes on regular Q&A sites aren't always ported over. One of the reasons could be (but I'm just speculating) that the change on regular Q&A sites was to make sure questions were awarded just as much as answers: We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, ...


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The desired behavior driving that badge was derived from the main Q&A code. High quality posts are rewarded over just asking (and gaining votes from) a lot of mediocre questions. Unfortunately proposal followers are typically more interested in thinning out their votes across more questions to push the proposal through rather than voting for their ...


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A major difference between a proposal site and a beta site has just occurred to me that applies very particularly to the subject of mathematics. When was the last time you looked at "the official" definition that lists all the current different fields of mathematics? It's a massive list. Each one of those areas will have distinguishing content that could be ...


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