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I am leaving CD by giving my last idea to it. Some user will downvote this question just to take revenge (I don't know who they are). But, I believe I got some hostility here. Last message to my hostility,"If I had done something wrong to you than, Sorry! If you don't want to forgive me than, it's OK cause, I don't know you even you don't know me. :) Rest in peace."

In this answer, Luap had said,"Reputation can produce negative behaviors" (I lost some links of Forum Codidact's reputation discussion they were useful. But, I lost them that's why I couldn't mention those context). We earn/lose reputation from "anonymous user" (We just can't know who had upvoted and downvoted). But, we get reaction from specific user(We can know who had reacted on your post). So, I would like to give reaction priority instead of Reputation. I want to show reaction score instead of reputation in profile or, user tab

Reaction Just as PhysicsForum shows. But, I want to show something more in profile. Profile will show

Outdated, Bad, Dangerous and Worked for me.

  • Outdated : It was working earlier. (So, no negative credit).
  • Worked for me : It is working. (positive credit)
  • Bad : The answer needs some improvements. (leaving it to staff/public) (I want it cause, some user (Me) can't write answer in English properly. If they correct everything than, that user should retract his reaction. Earlier I had answered a question then, I asked why I got downvote Olin said it's for bad English. After writing the answer properly that user didn't retract. Which is totally not good (telling it from experience of Math SE). )
  • Dangerous : Never try it (negative credit).

Above context changes depending on community. Questioner gets nothing cause, they are here looking for help. Bad questions can't get good answer until it is understandable. So, questioner needs nothing. Although, there's upvote and downvote system. But, no one will care of it. If someone creates a new account than, react on his own post. Which post didn't work for anyone. Than, moderator should have access to retract that reaction. Currently, some user creates new account and upvote his own post only for reputation(which isn't good). In EE community, there's a duplicate account of Olin Lathrop‭. His name is Olin Elthrop. Not only one there's two account. I guess, someone else had created those accounts. He/She could use those accounts to take revenge (by downvoting posts) or, he/she could upvote his own post. But, we can know who had reacted to post. Moderator can't retract upvote or, downvote but they should have access to retract (remove) other's reaction (Which I already mentioned earlier). Even, users don't have to explain why they had downvoted a post. But, they have to explain why it is dangerous while reacting.

In short : I want to reaction score instead of reputation. But, I was thinking of meta sites for a long time. But, I didn't find aout way for meta (If reaction doesn't exist in meta)

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So... what exactly is your suggestion? (2 comments)

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I see a lot of frustration in your post. I'm sorry you're having a rough time on Codidact. I'm particularly sympathetic to the language barrier; languages are hard to gain fluency in (at least as adults) and English is especially challenging because of its "eclectic" history. I was once yelled at in another language for not knowing it well enough, and that sort of thing is demoralizing. As always, if you see something that looks rude to you, please flag it.

Votes are the primary "currency" on Codidact. Voters can sometimes be mistaken, biased, or committing fraud,[1] but that's true of any feedback system. We talked early on about making votes public (perhaps optionally, perhaps not), but that opens people to the flip side of what you're describing: you downvote a post for good, stated reasons, and the author disagrees or is upset and retaliates with downvotes against you. Or, if you think public votes would prevent that, the person starts withholding upvotes for your good content, and the absence of votes is not something that can be audited.

We're adding reactions to support other types of specific feedback. An answer can be good and deserving of upvotes and yet, two years later, be out of date. It's not really fair to the author for people to go back and turn upvotes into downvotes, but we also want readers to know there's an issue. Or we want to give the author a way to mark an answer as "this worked" (like "accepted" on other platforms), but why limit it to the author? The author might not come back, but other people who had the same problem can indicate "this worked", too. Reactions need to be public so that readers can evaluate the claims; on EE you'll probably evaluate a claim that an answer is dangerous differently if it was made by Olin Lathrop or by a new user who has never answered a question.

I expect reactions to be relatively rare, but voting is essential. Replacing voting with reactions would have one of two effects. One possibility is that it would discourage participation: it would be even harder to see a number go up (because reactions are more rare), and many posts would get no reactions so people would feel ignored and unappreciated. This would be very bad for our communities. The other possibility is that it would change the meaning of reactions; people would use "it works" without actually having tested it because they want to reward what looks like a good answer. It would turn reactions into (public) votes, but with labels that are not always correct. This would be bad for our communities.

How (or whether) to show reactions someone received on a user profile is a question that hasn't come up before. I don't know if they should be shown with the individual posts in the list, or in the stats, or not at all. That's worth a separate meta discussion.


  1. If you suspect voting fraud, please flag or use the "contact us" link. Moderators can't see who voted on what (even I can't), but there are people on the team who can look at the data. We also limit the number of votes a new user can cast. ↩︎

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