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The three vote options on Area 51 are too similar. The text on the options ends with the same word, and there are no colors defining them before you vote.

I just realized that I have been voting on 'not a good example' instead of 'off-topic example' because I assumed the order of the options wrong, and there were no obvious visual cues to tell me that I was assuming incorrectly.

I propose that you change the options to:

  • On Topic
  • Off Topic
  • Bad Example

Those three are clearly different. I would also suggest some color cues or images to help differentiate the options.

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Though the on & off topic examples are meant to be exemplary, so the options need to have the word "great" (or equivalent) in them. – ChrisF Jun 18 '10 at 14:15
@Chris I was thinking about that. I think the fact that you only get 5(?) votes helps get that point across. – jjnguy Jun 18 '10 at 14:17
possible duplicate of The graphics of the new voting system need improvement – Jon Seigel Jun 18 '10 at 14:18
@Jon He is complaining that they are ugly. I'm complaining that they do not function well. – jjnguy Jun 18 '10 at 14:22
@Justin: After reading both questions again, they sound the same to me. IMO, this should be an answer in that question. – Jon Seigel Jun 18 '10 at 14:28
@ire You telling us that you don't store what you see in a FIFO format? (You missed a queue, by the way) – Grace Note Jun 18 '10 at 15:59
@ccomet - well spotted! – ire_and_curses Jun 18 '10 at 16:32
@ire Thanks for fixing that. – jjnguy Jun 18 '10 at 17:02

How about:

  • I'd totally answer this sh*t!!
  • No he didn't! I'd vote to close and flag 3 times!
  • This "person" doesn't even know what he's talking about
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I agree. I know they are really trying to encourage people to focus on "great example", but it's redundant and, I believe, no longer necessary.

If "Bad Example" is unpalatable (it may be since they chose "Not a good..." rather than "Bad...") then Poor Example may be a reasonable compromise.

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How about It's Crap? – Aarobot Jun 18 '10 at 14:43

I agree that the names cause confusion, and proposed a naming solution here:

Why no one rational will post "off-topic" questions (and how to possibly fix it):

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