Suggestion: A way to DECREMENT the helpful count on a post RRS feed

  • Question

  • I just received a post in response to one of my suggestions.  I really needs to have a -1 (or -5) as it helpfullness.  It bordered on abusive and it was a waste of bandwidth.  I have seen this same person berate MANY other posters for less.
    Thanks Roy
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 5:12 PM

All replies

  • Everybody is entitled to post a useless answer.  That's how forums work.  If a moderator deems it off topic or indecent s/he'll delete the post.  If you think the post is abusive, you should click the "Report As Abuse" link.  Be careful to distinguish "useless" from "abusive".  If you get a lot of useless answers, consider the possibility that the questions aren't clear enough.
    Hans Passant.
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 7:02 PM
  • As far as I can see this poster has posted a total of three posts to this forum including this one.

    One had the reply

    "Answered non-answered already exists! Look at the "all threads" filter."

    The other had the reply from me

    "Imo your posts here hardly need the Suggestion: prefix ...   If they did almost all posts here would need such a prefix. "

    I don't see either as being bordering on abusive although if any no doubt he means mine (thinking of "really needs to have a -1 (or -5) as it helpfullness.")

    (I still don't see why it is necessary to have a Suggestion: prefix when posting to a forum called "Suggestions and Feedback for the Forums".)
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    Friday, August 7, 2009 6:37 AM
  • I still think that a way of rating the post, instead of voting on it, would be the way to go.

    I am thinking of something like the feedback on Connect.

    But then, this might take a lot of doing.  I don't really know.
    Friday, August 7, 2009 9:08 PM
  • Well, as Hans said, everyone is entitled, but it just seems to me that symmmetry dictates that if we can reward someone for being useful, we should be able indicate their negative usefulness.  After all many post are never responded to past the first response and if the first response is not helpful, off topic etc, then it is doing the OP a disservice.

    I am not totally sure I like the Connect works from the point of view that one has to take time to review a few hundred/thousand post to 'vote' on the one problem out of hundreds that you believe really needs to be fixed.  Yes, I understand that limited resources (people fixing problems) need to be directed to the most important problem (read that as squeaky wheel), but I can burn days trying to do that system justice by reviewing post and voting.
    Thanks Roy
    Friday, August 7, 2009 9:21 PM