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Vote as unhelpful button? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Is it possible to have a "vote as unhelpful" or similar button for those idiotic, spamming or otherwise "unhelpful" comments we get to our questions so that other people still see your post as "not replied to"?

    Just a suggestion...

    Rob
    • Moved by Don Tan Thursday, December 3, 2009 5:08 PM Feedback for Forums app (From:Forums Issues (not product support))
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 6:21 AM

Answers

  • At one time we had Vote as Helpful, Vote as Unhelpful and Vote as Abusive on a single dropdown. This was removed because it limited the "discoverability" of the Vote as Helpful feature.

    Personally, I do not think Vote as Unhelpful is sufficiently useful to justify (further) cluttering the interface. IMHO, the forums have to many features, not too few.
    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Hi Dave

    It was also removed for the same reason the ability to mark the -1 should be removed. These are just 'flame bait'. As we can see here, the Report As Abuse falls into the same category. 

    A large number of the responses, when someone used that 'unhelpful' option was "WTF!!! who marked my post as unhelpful??? I spent 2 hours researching that question and what I posted WAS the correct information!!!" And then the war was on.

    If the person who marked a post as unhelpful was ever identified, then that person could expect to be stalked and all of his subsequent posts would contain the same unhelpful mark.

    My opinion.

    Regards,

    _________________
    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    • Marked as answer by Rob.Ford Wednesday, December 9, 2009 2:17 AM
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:24 PM

All replies


  • How to - 1 vote a post:

    (1) Right-click the post's [vote] box
    (2) Open Link in New Tab
    (3) Unmark (do NOT tick) the Is Helpful checkbox
    (4) Submit
    Very clever. See, I did it to you! I was going to fix it, but of course I cannot because I have already voted. Sorry about that. Maybe someone would like to bump you back up to zero.

    I have to say that this bug/feature should really be eliminated.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 11:15 AM
  • Hi,

    Is it possible to have a "vote as unhelpful" or similar button for those idiotic, spamming or otherwise "unhelpful" comments we get to our questions so that other people still see your post as "not replied to"?

    Rob:

    At one time we had Vote as Helpful, Vote as Unhelpful and Vote as Abusive on a single dropdown. This was removed because it limited the "discoverability" of the Vote as Helpful feature.

    Personally, I do not think Vote as Unhelpful is sufficiently useful to justify (further) cluttering the interface. IMHO, the forums have to many features, not too few.
    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 11:21 AM
  • Interesting :)
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 7:35 PM
  • At one time we had Vote as Helpful, Vote as Unhelpful and Vote as Abusive on a single dropdown. This was removed because it limited the "discoverability" of the Vote as Helpful feature.

    Personally, I do not think Vote as Unhelpful is sufficiently useful to justify (further) cluttering the interface. IMHO, the forums have to many features, not too few.
    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Hi Dave

    It was also removed for the same reason the ability to mark the -1 should be removed. These are just 'flame bait'. As we can see here, the Report As Abuse falls into the same category. 

    A large number of the responses, when someone used that 'unhelpful' option was "WTF!!! who marked my post as unhelpful??? I spent 2 hours researching that question and what I posted WAS the correct information!!!" And then the war was on.

    If the person who marked a post as unhelpful was ever identified, then that person could expect to be stalked and all of his subsequent posts would contain the same unhelpful mark.

    My opinion.

    Regards,

    _________________
    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    • Marked as answer by Rob.Ford Wednesday, December 9, 2009 2:17 AM
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:24 PM