I've written an "alternative article" (Really Understanding Association, Aggregation, and Composition[^]) that is criticising the original article, which is highly ranked. Now my alternative article got a "1" downvote with a heavy weight (so it's now rated as "2" and therefore no longer displayed) and without any comment explaining the downvote, so I'm assuming it may be a revenge vote by the author of the original article.
Isn't it contradicting the idea of the "alternative article" feature if the author of the original article can vote against an "alternative article"? In this way he can prevent that the criticism of his article is perceived/read by the site's readers.
Why should there be restrictions on who votes? Are you saying you can vote on theirs and they can't vote on yours (hypothetically)?
Is this really an "alternative" article? It seems to misrepresent itself. You have just addressed 3 points you take issue with. Many articles have comments which are just as long and give the author of the original article the opportunity to respond.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
Answer: Both, but I wouldn't restrict hiding code blocks to an "all or nothing" kind.
And I have some arguments why this makes sense for me:
1. Especially in articles there are kinda different types of code blocks, some more high level and others more low level. Depending how much I'm actually interested into the topic of the article I choose if I'm interested in the code, only the non-complex stuff or not care about the code at all. Having the possibility to collapse the more complex ones, helps then to keep the article more fluent (instead of having to search for the line where the article continues)
2. It's possible that you have multiple code blocks in a row, if you're dealing with different languages (example: html + css + js) which are used to solve a certain problem. Collapsing all but the one you're interested in makes it easier to follow, especially if there's text around those code blocks, that are explaining the content of those blocks.
What happens when you simply post a question without any obvious spam and update it? Here, obvious spam means something that can be detected by filters.
I saw a recent case where spammer was aware of filters i think. Question posted as normal and then updated with spam links. Once the question gets updated it should be again checked by filters. I'm not sure this functionality is already available or not.
"When you don't know what you're doing it's best to do it quickly"- SoMad
At the bottom of the page it gives the keyboard short-cuts CTRL+Left, CTRL+Right, etc. as normal.
But for articles / tips in the moderation queue (such as this would-be tip[^]) they don't work. They do in normal articles and forums.
Chrome Version 40.0.2214.115 m (64-bit)
It's not a biggie, but if the prompt is there the short-cuts should work.
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
There have been several issues with this author. He has already deleted articles once as a result of several negative votes on an extremely poor article. This may be another case where he has removed an article.
A word of warning. A best article award isn't always a guarantee of quality. There have been cases of authors getting their colleagues to upvote their articles - I'm not saying this was necessarily the case here, but it does happen. Sometimes, absolutely superb articles miss out to very poor articles precisely because of this.
You know, I have wondered about some of the articles and how they won but I have to tell you as an infrequent, somewhat lazy visitor, I tend to want to take for gospel that an article I pull up that has won something will of course be a good and noteworthy article. That the content will be good and it's guidance in coding or whatever worthy of using in something I am working on.
This is a little unnerving to think that an article can make it past some sort of check or double-check system? Maybe you don't have that in place? Sad to think that just because votes drive the winner that a bad article can win prizes and praise? It's not really that simple is it? I do have enough discernment to not take an article and just use it's suggestions if it doesn't sound right to me but there has to be quality assurance at some level. Sure takes away from the credibility of the site in my mind at some level. I mean the overarching idea is to guide and teach people right. Maybe change the award to most popular or something may be more appropriate in some cases. Thanks.
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