I saw this solution with
-56 votes , and I thought it was a bit harsh. Once the answer is in negative territory, it's quite obvious the community doesn't support the answer... what is the driver for being able to continue to downvote an answer?
Continued points loss due to downvoting an answer:
- discourages future contributions
- encourages deleting the answer
... neither of which is beneficial to the community.
I imagine it's quite discouraging to continue to lose points due to downvotes. It'd make me think twice before future contributions. Deleting an answer should be discouraged - the answer may be correct, just not the best fit for mainstream users.
Are there alternative ways we could positively incentivise a better system? For example:
To give opportunity to improve a question/answer, should downvoters be required to provide justification and/or provide constructive feedback? (to discourage "drive by" voters)
To discourage deleting answers, should there be a lower limit on downvotes or points lost as a result of downvotes? (and leave deleting to moderators)
- some answers don't appeal to the majority, but may have some value to a minority
- to provide an example of "what not to do"
UPDATE: linked answer has been removed