The related question section that is generated for each question is quite good. I often find where questions that do relate to the original one. Human feedback can make it even better.

Stage 1. Just show the votes

Stage 2. Feed voting data to spam filters:

  • to improve suggestions while asking questions
  • to increase connectivity on the site (add top N related questions in the question body, accent on avoiding false positive - do not add unrelated questions)
  • to drop unrelated questions from "Related Questions" section (accent on avoiding false negative - do not drop related questions)


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Largely in favor of this kind of thing, but I have several questions/concerns:

  • Just what does "Related" mean. I think that his is even less clear than "duplicate", and we'd want some verbiage as a guide. Something like "People who are interested in this question might also be interested in these others."?
  • Rep limit for voting? I assume so, and would put it at an intermediate level: either 100 (like editting CW posts) or 500 (like retagging).
  • Clutter? The layout is pretty dense already, and this will make it more so.
  • 1. "Related" means whatever people want it to be (different people might have different views). The only bias is initial computer-generated pool of links to vote.
    – jfs
    Dec 19, 2009 at 16:59
  • 2. I see no point in rep limit (except to discourage bots)
    – jfs
    Dec 19, 2009 at 17:03
  • 3. Comment-style voting is unobtrusive. All controls may be hidden until on mouse-over.
    – jfs
    Dec 19, 2009 at 17:04
  • 2) I suggest a rep limit because we want this filtering done by people who have some level of dedication to the site (even voting requires 15/100 rep). Further, this is not a core function of the site, so excluding low rep users doesn't prevent them from benefiting. 3) Comment style voting is unobtrusive (admirably so), but it does take up some room (always horizontal, and often vertical as well). Dec 19, 2009 at 21:19
  • @dmckee: On p.3: I can't see any reason why the voting must take any space at all when the controls are not active. It is a deficiency of current implementation.
    – jfs
    Dec 21, 2009 at 3:10

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