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Q&A Should we start displaying the score of a post instead of the raw votes?

Currently, when viewing a post, Codidact will show you the raw votes on a post, with the breakdown into upvotes and downvotes: There's been some feedback that this is a bit too much to show, espec...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 13d ago by celtschk‭

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#1: Initial revision by user avatar Mithical‭ · 2020-07-14T19:06:39Z (almost 4 years ago)
Currently, when viewing a post, Codidact will show you the raw votes on a post, with the breakdown into upvotes and downvotes:

![Screenshot of the voting buttons, showing +12 and -1.](https://meta.codidact.com/uploads/jKyDMTkf5AnDvV4Hb9BtHTkD)

There's been some feedback that this is a bit too much to show, especially coming from platforms like Stack Exchange where they generally just show the aggregate score of upvotes and downvotes as one number (with the option to expand the votes to see the split). We decided to show both counts automatically to better show when there's controversy.

However, we now also have another option. We have a [method for scoring posts](https://meta.codidact.com/help/scoring) that assigns a score between 0 and 1 to each post.

Perhaps instead of showing the raw votes on each post, we should instead show the post *score* (e.g. 0.81363... or 0.3793...), rounded to the nearest two or three decimal places (so that it would show as 0.937 or 0.276), with the raw votes available on request, perhaps either on click or in the tools menu. 

This would take people a bit of time to get used to, but it might be worth that initial adjustment time, since this... is our scoring system and we want people to be familiar with it quickly.

This has the added benefit of making it much clearer why answers are sorted the way they are by displaying their score (that's currently computed without being displayed) for everyone to see. The raw votes matter less than the computed score.