Various posters have previously complained about the voting patterns on SuperUser and the standard response is that down votes are accorded to "poorly asked questions". Well, it would seem that "well-asked" questions are rarer than unicorn farts, because I literally have to search to find any questions on Super User that are upvoted. For example, this is current list of active questions:
0 Make Ubuntu computers phone home for remote SSH -2 How can get micro torrent working? -2 How can i send an analog signal trough an hdmi port 0 The print queue loads very slowly 0 WMP 12 - .wmv video/audio freezes when pausing/unpausing. 0 Notepad++: is there any add-on or regex or macro to split long text -1 The input line is too long 0 Split a large file into small pieces 0 How to diagnose computer fan refusing to spin? 0 Command line to disable trackpad on Macbook Pro 15 w/ Touchbar -1 I can't install hyper-v in win10,error 0x80070057,here is my cbs log file 0 How to join multiple files in Notpad++ -1 High Latency of DirectX Graphics Kernel (dxgkrnl.sys) 0 Windows 10 Installation - Missing required files and Blue Screens
Okay, so 95% of the questions asked "poorly asked" questions. Hello, this is web site for computer users, many of whom might be new to computers (duh) or new to a technology, who are asking questions. Requiring somebody to write PhD nobel-prize winning research paper, foot noted, peer reviewed, with help from their professor and character references before they get an upvote seems kind of like a steep threshhold to me.
I would add that NONE of the downvoters here have posted comments explaining why they are down voting the question, which is a violation of SE guidelines. The general practice seems to either ignore questions or downvote them, then not explain why the question is being downvoted. The guidance for downvotes is that they should be used when the question is "egregiously sloppy", which none of the above listed questions are. So, clearly we have a lot of downvotes occurring that are not only unexplained, but are against our own guidelines on the help page.
I counted the upvoted to downvoted questions for the most recent 150 questions and these were the results:
down 25 17% up 38 25% zero 87 58% ---------------- total 150
Maybe we should self-examine a little and re-consider the policies for downvoting. When 95%+ of posts are not receiving upvotes, that is of concern, at least to me, because it creates a hostile climate for new users and sends the message that questions are unwelcome. To those who say, only "poorly asked" questions are unwelcome, I think when the downvote/ignore-to-upvote ratio is approximately 1-to-1, that does not really hold water. When only 5% of questions are receiving upvotes, that is a problem and indicates a policy-level problem.
In most classroom/learning environments (and yes SE is supposed be a learning environment) a common motto is "There are no stupid questions." But on SU the motto seems to be the reverse: "Every question is a stupid question."
I suggest a discussing policy changes to change that.