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Anonymous user feedback now in testing

Do the "Was this post useful to you?" Yes/No link buttons on comment posts mean anything to a Stack Overflow user? I have been clicking them occasionally, then later checking my username history, but it doesn't seem they are recorded for reading to userspace, which I think would be useful itself.

I wouldn't have asked if Stack Overflow weren't at least the quasi user-programmable that it is, and if I didn't want the points for asking a question.

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Relevant: Anonymous user feedback now in testing – Bart Jun 16 '12 at 17:37
OK, terrific, thank you so much. The feature request direction I had was to make the feature more useful for people who bother to log in, specifically: keep a link list of the "yes, useful" clicks so the user can later review what was useful for study purposes. Incidentally, I would probably only go so far as tallying a user's count of "no, un-useful" clicks because it seems it might encourage topic-trolling. – stackuser83 Jun 16 '12 at 18:37
@stackuser83 - there's a "favourites" function that's more designed for keeping track of useful things you discover. – Flexo Jun 16 '12 at 19:34
Ah, thanks. It would still be nice to have a link list of "yes, useful" comments, especially if it could help preserve them. – stackuser83 Jun 17 '12 at 0:39
up vote 5 down vote accepted

They tend to get translated into votes of one kind or another but there's no hard and fast rules. There is a tool for high rep users (>10K) can use that has a mode for viewing questions where there is a disparity between the post score and the anonymous feedback.

I look through there from time to time (not particularly often) and usually act on a fair number of the posts, even if not all of them. I assume others do this too, so even if it's not directly visible it does contribute and direct attention to unsung or overrated posts.

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That's interesting, I've never heard of that section of the 10k tools. +1. – jadarnel27 Jun 16 '12 at 19:30
On the other hand, @jad, even a 43k+ views post might only have 21 feedback votes. But: on Super User there's about 1 feedback vote for each 5 regular votes. – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 19:49
Oh, actually the recent figures are even close to 1 feedback vote for each 2 regular votes. Nice. – Arjan Jun 16 '12 at 19:56

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