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I asked a question on SO about adding product version information to an SQL Server database. I knew I could just add a special table which would just contain this number but I wanted to know if there's an alternative solution.

The result is one useful answer after 5 answers telling me I should just use a table. I'm not even interested in such comments and here they are, adding noise to my question. So, should I downvote them? Flag them as noise? Or just ignore them?

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Can someone explain why we can't downvote comments? I'm sure if I ask it it will be a dupe... But that would 'solve' it to some extent – Ivo Flipse Oct 29 '09 at 15:09
Found it!… – Ivo Flipse Oct 29 '09 at 15:10
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Just ignore them. We need to expect a certain amount of subjective noise. If you think it's wrong or unhelpful, then downvote.

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That's the easiest solution but it does make things a bit noisy. – Wim ten Brink Oct 29 '09 at 13:13
@Alex: As Ólafur mentioned: if it was unhelpful -> downvote! It's your question, you decide what's helpful and what's not. – Ladybug Killer Oct 29 '09 at 13:15
If the question makes it clear that you don't want a certain solution, and people still answer with that solution, the down arrow seems very handy. :D – Ólafur Waage Oct 29 '09 at 13:15
@John are you copying the first letter of my name or do you have the accent character? – Ólafur Waage Oct 29 '09 at 13:20
@Ólafur: Sure I have the accent character. If I have the backtick for inline code, I should have the acute also ;) Are you copying your name always? – Ladybug Killer Oct 29 '09 at 13:28
No, I have the Icelandic keyboard layout, so I can do ÍÓÚÁÉ and also ÆÐÞÖ. I just didnt know that the backtick worked for you since I don't use it. I use ´ (accent) and not ` (backtick) – Ólafur Waage Oct 29 '09 at 13:38
Jûst tóò mañy äccénts âröünd ´hèré´! – Ladybug Killer Oct 29 '09 at 13:42
Accentuating the comments, right? :-) – Wim ten Brink Oct 29 '09 at 14:21
I see you're using the Icelandic keyboard layout, you should totally drop that and try jQuery. – snicker Oct 29 '09 at 14:57
I can't really come up with any useful comment to this question, so please ignore this contribution. – Daniel Daranas Oct 29 '09 at 20:29

Be patient. You should either ignore them or downvote them if they are downright wrong.

The noise corrects itself given enough time for people to vote on the answers. Those with higher votes will naturally go upwards in the list and be sorted that way.

So have patience.

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