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AnswerIn response to the question: "How I can solicit more explanations from a persons vote?" Pin
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov8-Apr-15 17:50
mvaSergey Alexandrovich Kryukov8-Apr-15 17:50 
Anele 'Mash' Mbanga asked a question in the Quick Questions & Answers forum:
I'm curios as to the opinion of the person in terms of whether an article didnt meet their expectations when they vote 1 for example. I understand voting is a persons opinion as they might vote or not but also would like to find out whether such voting does not necessary deter people away from your article.

I don't want to up-vote or down-vote any of your articles, I did not find anything interesting, but out of curiosity, I look at the one with the only vote of 1.

If you don't mind, a little advice not related to the content:
  • If you reference your previous work, include a link to it, don't just say "my previous article". The way article are stored on CodeProject does not allow people to easily sort them by time, and even if was easy, who would want to find it? You need to make "my previous article" the link (this would be the best), or somehow clearly indicate that some link is directly related to these words, instead of carrying it away from them.
  • There is standard maximum string length for code (some thing like 80 characters, but check it up). You can see if you exceed it when you edit the code in CodeProject submission wizard. If you exceed it, your intended code formatting is screwed up due to word wrapping. I don't say this is the best representation of code in HTML, but this is what it is. After all, you are the one who want your code to be well readable, not only your readers.
  • Most people don't care, but for me, a fan of good books and good typography, this is a little crime: long dash used to syntactically break a sentence is not '-', it is — (using HTML character entities, can be expressed as — – can also be used, alternatively).
  • Code project reserves special CSS styles for the downloadable code. Also, it should be on the very top. If you use these styles, everyone can see the standard CodeProject download icon and clearly see where the downloads are. How to use it? Use the code submission wizard and locate the link on the right of the input area, where your uploaded files are. It automatically inserts the file in a proper way. You can edit any of your articles and fix it.
  • Finally and most importantly, try to explain if first like, why the reader could be interested to read your article. You say nothing. Why it can be considered important, useful or somehow interesting to some? You just say, it demonstrate this and that, I develop this, etc. So what? The reader don't want to read everything developed by some people.

Of course, none of the above deserves the vote of 1 you got. I would vote 1 if some part of article told lie, if it was very illiterate, talking about nothing, and so on. After all, you typical article score is quite good. So, I just don't know what it is. But the basic observations are simple: we are all frustrated if we think that we got unfair down-votes, and some of us start with trying to appeal to such voters, but later on most people just ignore it. I used to get sequences of several down-votes in a row almost daily, which could even be done without reading (judging by the time spans between votes) or down-voted of everything without code, or everything expressing any strong opinion (who knows?) And what? Ignoring it is the only reasonable choice. After all, anonymous votes make certain sense, as a part of freedom of speech. It's useless to solicit for a comment: if the down-vote was not just by mistake, you won't convince that person, face it.

If you want to earn better reputation, you can try to grow real reputation, not reputation score; you can do it through the quality of your posts. It will result in growing up-votes which may overwhelm down-voted. But remember: if you write really important, serious, innovative, (which always means somewhat controversial) content, this would be the best and most interesting content, but, as a result down-votes may only grow; you might even take pride out of it. Smile | :)

Good luck,
P.S.: Sorry everyone for this off-topic content. I posted it as an answer mostly because of my own convenience.
Please consider this post as an attempt to boost reputation points.
And perhaps to examine the sense of humor in some members. Smile | :)
Sergey A Kryukov

modified 10-Apr-15 11:49am.

GeneralRe: In response to the question: "How I can solicit more explanations from a persons vote?" Pin
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