This tag is used for questions that ask users to — what else? — discuss an idea, concept or problem. Common use cases include hashing out how the community should handle a certain action and collaborating on how to solve a perceived issue within the community.
I posted a topic for discussion over the weekend, which I ended up deleting due to the lack of answers and number of downvotes without comment. I made the mistake of editing to ask people to provide input rather than anonymous votes, and was rewarded with downvotes on idle posts (which I have had deleted too).
Given the definition of discussion, is it appropriate for people to downvote the discussion topic without explaining why? It left me clueless as to which, if any, of the following was the case:
- It was an invalid topic to discuss
- Meta is the wrong place to discuss site enhancements
- It was unclear what the topic was
- It's seen as a non-issue
- It shouldn't be a priority for developers
- The suggested solution was bad (the specific part I was requesting discussion on)
- Something else entirely
I don't have a problem with downvotes if there's an explanation, but on something tagged as a discussion subject, downvoting without comment (or better still, an answer) just seems incredibly rude. Anonymous downvotes on answers are fine, if it indicates a solution is invalid, or a position is unpopular.
Yes, I fully appreciate that in general people don't always have time for a full answer, but it seems reasonable to expect anyone acting on a discussion post should be prepared to put some effort in - I did when preparing the post, but don't see the point in doing it again.
Hopefully responses to this topic will help someone else.