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Comments on Remove vote counts from front page, or reduce their size

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Remove vote counts from front page, or reduce their size

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I suggested some changes to the vote counts on the front page here, and was invited to post them on general meta.

Basically, I think the red/green meter is a great indicator for question quality, and I'm wondering if vote counts should be so prominently available. I would either remove them (possibly keep them as a title attribute on the meter), or reduce the font size to make them smaller than the question titles.

I think this would help draw your attention to what is actually important (the titles).

Current situation:

Mockup with small font:

(Note: maybe the negative count should be on the left and the positive on the right, so that it matches the meter)

Mockup without vote counts:

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4 comment threads

Small font mockup is great, maybe add score meter style changes? (5 comments)
Regarding score (4 comments)
Quality is important (3 comments)
I don't think it looks good! (5 comments)
Quality is important
Olin Lathrop‭ wrote over 2 years ago

I disagree with what is actually important (the titles). The content is what is important, as is the quality of that content. Of course titles do need to be well written and properly give an idea what the question is about.

Keelan‭ wrote over 2 years ago

Do you feel the precise vote counts are important enough for such a prominent place? I agree question quality is important, but it is already reflected in the red/green meter. Beyond that I'm looking for tags and titles to find questions that are interesting to me. Only when a question has a strongly negative score could it affect my decision to open a question or not.

Olin Lathrop‭ wrote over 2 years ago

@Keelan: I agree the precise vote counts aren't that important in typical Q&A. Ratings are more important in some categories, like "Papers" in the EE site.