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No one likes downvotes. But I believe we need anonymous downvotes for a variety of reasons. Users often state that explanations of down votes will help them learn to post better questions/answers, and this may very well be true for some users. However, much more often the user feels unjustly attacked. Few people honestly want to hear that their post is ...


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I became a semi-active user after seeing an interesting question on Hot Network Questions, for which I had an answer to offer. The 30-ish upvotes it got over the next couple of days were pretty exciting (to put that into perspective, I came from SharePoint.SE, which has the lowest vote-to-post ratio on the network, where I had been as active as I could ...


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I visit every once and a while, but have been turned off by answers from ordinary peoples gut feelings - rather than from experts. This site has the same problem that fitness.stackexchange suffers from. Lots of people giving advice that works for them, but has no scientific backing. As I see it, it is basically just another forum, not a real stack....


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A quick addition to @anongoodnurse's post: Stack Exchange has deliberately implemented anonymous downvoting. This is not an accident. This canonical question over on meta.SE has gained a lot of interest (with nearly 900 upvotes) asking for a way to prompt people who may not realise they can leave a comment, but there is definitely no interest in mandating ...


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I don't have access to the Google Analytics site stats, but I would expect that a lot of the views on Parenting come from people searching the internet for answers to their questions, reading the answers on the question they find, and then leaving. That is actually a good sign - it means the site is helping people and that there is a lot of useful ...


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I was re-reading this post, and I would like to comment on this thought: I think users should be encouraged to NOT answer question outside of the scope of their experience. Valid answers may come from people's own experiences, but sometimes answers may need to come from more expert sources. Lacking in those experts, S/E encourages researched answers ("...


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As the poster of the "This site may be too abbreviated for giving you the kind of assistance you need," I was merely pointing out that to answer your question properly would require a lot of text. I did much research on the question, and there was no way for me to condense it into an answer that was short enough to post, so instead I was pointing you to the ...


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I think you misinterpreted the opening text in the first answer, which I believe is what you were reacting to in one of your points: This site may be too abbreviated for giving you the kind of assistance you need. What the author was saying is, the folks answering your question might not have the requisite experience and training to give you an expert ...


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