The upvote/downvote tooltips on meta.superuser are the same as on the main site.
    For the question downvote it is "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful" – which isn't really in harmony with What does voting mean here? in the Meta FAQ, which says

Voting here works a bit differently from the main site. On Meta, voting is often used to express agreement or disagreement, not to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness.

So, should the tooltips on Meta be changed to be in better harmony with the FAQ?
And if so, to what? – "Agree" and "Disagree", or other suggestions?

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    +1 Your question shows research effort (and I agree).
    – iglvzx
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 2:34
  • Things I've learned from answers to this so far: 1. Policy declared on meta.stackoverflow applies to meta.superuser, because Meta Stack Overflow is currently the de facto Stack Exchange Meta. – meta.stackexchange.com does in fact redirect to meta.stackoverflow.com (but this is about to change). Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 12:54

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It's been asked innumerable times on [Meta Stack Overflow] & .

Quoting Jeff.

I don't agree with this request.

While "I agree" and "I disagree" is one way that votes can be used on meta, it is not the only way, and I don't want that indoctrinated into users as the "official" meaning of voting on meta.

The current tooltips are correct, and any further subtleties are covered in each meta's faq now:


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    Were not on stack overflow :-) and I still have trouble voting this down, because it does show research, plus it is a Great Answer, but I still do not agree. If it has a different meaning , or multiple meanings, then it would be helpfull for the tag to show that. I have always thought that from the day it had to be explained.
    – Psycogeek
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 9:17
  • 2
    @Psycogeek On Meta, you're free to vote down answers/opinions you don't agree with it.
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 9:41
  • On all metas besides SO, it doesn't even affect rep.
    – cpast
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 10:22

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