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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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. Commented Oct 29, 2009 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. Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 13:15
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    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 Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 13:15
  • @John are you copying the first letter of my name or do you have the accent character? Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 13:20
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    @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? Commented Oct 29, 2009 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) Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 13:38
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    Jûst tóò mañy äccénts âröünd ´hèré´! Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 13:42
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    Accentuating the comments, right? :-) Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 14:21
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    I see you're using the Icelandic keyboard layout, you should totally drop that and try jQuery.
    – snicker
    Commented Oct 29, 2009 at 14:57
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    I can't really come up with any useful comment to this question, so please ignore this contribution. Commented Oct 29, 2009 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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