|The following is as unofficial as the rest of the FAQ, purely my own opinion at the time of posting:
from time to time, complaints or common suggestions regarding the votes pop up.
(1) The "rating" is just a number. Don't get overly excited or depressed about it.
(2) The article voting system works very well long term: good articles rise, bad articles drop
(3) Short term it doesn't work so well: the initial votes (about 5) have a high influence on exposure of your article, and affect if you can attract a "close to final" voting *early*.
(4) You cannot stop "hate votes"
Many ways are suggested to "fix" that, usually to find out where "1" votes come from. None look promising:
e.g. "Require people to leave a comment" : you can't stop people from posting "fhöwfdsnfä"
e.g. "Display who voted what": likely to cause revenge votings, which will distort voting further
(peterchens house rule: don't try to fix social problems with technical measures)
What can you do if you think your article was treated unfairly bad:
First ask yourself: is the article really that good? Compare to other articles with a good rating. From my experience, things that may attract low votes are (in no particular order):
- Non-Standard layout, non-standard font for body, unformatted paragraphs etc.
- Horizontal scolling on 800x600
- Just code, but no article explaining the what, why, how. CP is not a code repository.
- Presenting a solution that shows you don't know enough about the problem
- Pretentious title with simplistic code/implementation
- Broken Download
- Bad english. That is a problem for foreigners, consider asking someone to help you
- Assuming to much knowledge from your readers, not explainig the problem
- Being to popular
- technically inacceptable solution
(Note: I don't claim this is "fair", it's just the way it is. )
Things you can do:
- There are articles about writing good articles. read them.
- Ask kindly if someone would like to help you improve the article (e.g. proof-read, help with english etc.)
- If all this fails, and you still think someone else voted your article down just because he doesn't like you, take a deep breath, and wait for a week.
- If you think you made everything right, and suspect abuse of the voting system, contact a site editor through the suggestions board. Don#t expect miracles, though
What remains is that a '1' vote in the first five or so has much more influence than a later '1' vote. My suggeston: all article start with a vote of 3. It should be implementable eaily, and evens out the playing field a bit. I don't know all implications of this, though.
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