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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.

Area 1 vote options

I just realized that I have been voting on, 'not a good example' instead of 'of 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
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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
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@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
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@ire Thanks for fixing that. –  jjnguy Jun 18 '10 at 17:02
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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
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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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