I am adding this as a feature-request or a suggestion.

Considering that most of the answers however good they may be will be voted down(revenge voting), Can the mod's or admins consider that a nice-answer badge be based on upvotes rather than score total?

I mean a good answer with 14 upvotes and 5 downvotes should still be a nice-answer even though it has score of 9 only. There is too much revenge downvoting happening and if we award badges like this then maybe it will encourage the member's.

  • Moderators can't explicitly hand out badges and stuff if that's what you're getting at.
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:47
  • Where did you get that good answer get revenge votes? That is selfom the case.
    – juergen d
    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:48
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    No thats not what i meant. I meant that badges should mostly be awarded based on upvotes rather than downvotes.
    – MarsOne
    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:48
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    Revenge downvoting or downvote trolls are still not so common, unless you can prove otherwise? Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51
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    Well proving it is difficult, but they do exist. Im sure we have all encountered them. I mean im back on SO after 2 yrs, but i did have a previous account 2 yrs back and was often a victim of revenge downvoting
    – MarsOne
    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52
  • @MarsOne - I wasn't here 2 years ago, but throughout the last year I did not encounter any revenge voting. In fact if I even wanted to inspire people to take personal revenge at me (other than provoking them through the content of the answer itself), I don't know how I would exactly make myself that important to them. Maybe you mean something specific by "revenge downvoting" that isn't yet completely clear. Aug 20, 2013 at 11:02
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    If there is a revenge downvoting problem, it needs to be solved. (Except it already is). We should not change the badge system to work around it. Aug 20, 2013 at 11:28
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    Even if revenge voting is still happening, how many people did you tick off to get 5 revenge downvotes on a single answer? Aug 20, 2013 at 11:41

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I completely disagree. The down-votes are more likely due to inaccuracies in the answer, not revenge voting.

A "nice answer" must have the consensus of the community. Not just 10 ├╝ber-keen people.


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