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Let us have more relevant tooltips for up/down vote buttons


Sometimes when stumbling across a question I wonder if I should upvote / downvote or not. When this happened on SE sites, I hovered over the buttons and read the description.

Currently, Codidact seems to inform me about the change in the total score (e.g. 0.666667), but this is not particularly useful.

I think we should have tooltips with static text indicating when it is appropriate to up/down vote. A per-site setting (thanks Mithical for this idea) would be even better since the generic "useful, shows some effort..." clearly does not fit to every community.

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the generic "useful, shows some effort..." clearly does not fit to every community. Especially Code Golf, where it is more like true "voting", but also Meta and some others. In some cases a +1 is almost a "like". (Except that I don't like "like", nor do I like using the word like too much :-) ) manassehkatz‭ about 1 month ago

This could even be a per-category setting - ex. on Software, the hover text would probably be different for the main Q&A and for Code Review. Moshi‭ about 1 month ago

@Moshi - yes, per category makes more sense. E.g. In meta +1 mostly means "I agree" rather than "it is useful". This distinction is important for new users who might get some downvotes on meta simply because the community disagrees, not that the post includes incorrect information. Alexei‭ about 1 month ago

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