Allow down-voting of suggestions on uservoice.
I'd like the opportunity to down-vote suggestions. Particularly hot topics will get a lot of votes, but that might not truly represent the communities overall attitude towards a proposed change. Both for and against votes need to be gathered.
To be specific, you should collect both up and down votes and display them separately, not combine them to an overall tally. Thus the hot topics are still evident, but also contentious topics are identified.
I’m closing out this suggestion as this is specific to the UserVoice site. They have their own suggestion site and declined a suggestions similar to this one: http://feedback.uservoice.com/forums/1-general-feedback/suggestions/176-allow-negative-votes-
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Akash Kava commented
The only idea that needs downvote is yours, otherwise downvote has no significance except it just gives ability to throw **** on good things for idiots.
Take for instance this gem of an idea: http://diablo.uservoice.com/forums/163099-general/suggestions/2944343-in-response-to-diablo-3-spamming-virus
Now you're sorry there are no downvotes.
@Anonymous They can already do that by not upvoting any ideas. They could make it that you still have a limited number of total votes and that downvoting will cost just as much, or maybe more than upvoting. So then downvoting would remove options to vote up.
If has this choice, maybe people will spiteful down-voting each other for makeing theirseflf suggestion win a height position, thought others suggestion has no relation with himself..
Yes! They explained somewhere that they don't want a subject to be overlooked because it has many downvotes (which would make it look like it has low importance). But this is very weak. If a post has many downvotes, that just means it's a bad idea and they should ignore it. The notion that there will be people who just downvote everything is not realistic, ask stackoverflow. Also like you said the up and downvotes could simply be split or one of the other hundred ways to deal with this appropriately could be implemented.
Gavin Williams commented
I contacted UserVoice, asking about down-votes. They gave, IMO, a pretty lame reason as to why they don't permit down-votes. Connect allowed down-votes, perhaps UserVoice isn't the right technology for consuming ideas and opinions. UserVoice is for hippies, it's all about positive input and refuses to take into account the voices of opposition. That's not how the real world works, such a system has no knowledge of proportions and tries to divide discussion.
Charles Brown commented
Uservoice isn't run by the Microsoft team, so this suggestion is not relevant to Visual Studio.