I've often encountered experienced users trolling newbies, with comments like:
hey guy, why your accept rate is too low - I'm downgrading your question!
SO isn't a place to do like this and this...
I propose the following: create a special tag, newbie-question, and prevent users with reputation scores of less than, say, 10,000 or 20,000 from down-voting questions so tagged. If someone with insufficient reputation tries, then the system should advise him to edit the question or comment on it instead.
What do you think about that idea?
In spite of massive downgrading of my question. I'm still really sure that we need to think about measures to protect newbies/noobs from more experienced users (like those who is downgrading this question). Well, probably my proposal was a bit wrong, since it might lead to spammy posts and so on. Anyway we can think about special measures to protect newbies (all we were at the very beginning newbies!). I would suggest kind of san-boxing of newbies (reputation less than 200). Under sand-box I would understand:
- User in sand-box can't post more than 2 posts per day
- All questions of sand-boxed user will be tagged with newbie-question or question can be in some other way marked as sand-boxed
- Sand-boxed question can't be downgraded
- Still other users can flag question as spam/abusive - so always there's way to remove/close post.
- Sand-boxed user can't make comments, upvote or downvote