My answer to What's the best strategy for the Steam Monster Game? appears to be grayed out. I don't see any notice though. What's going on?


That means that the post has a net score of -3 or lower. At that point the system greys out the answers. It's supposed to be an indication to future viewers that the post was generally considered to be unhelpful by the community at large.

  • Thanks. I still don't see what's unhelpful about it, though. Players still use abilities at the wrong time. Jun 15 '15 at 0:32
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    Like I've mentioned, you're unlikely to ever learn why - while I appreciate you are interested in improving, there is no expectation that anyone must comment, and in a lot of cases, asking people to do so is not taken well by the community.
    – Ash
    Jun 15 '15 at 0:35
  • I understand, but not everyone is the same. Some to whom the reason is obvious might need a reminder that it is not so to me. That an innocent comment causes bloodlust is the community's problem. Jun 15 '15 at 0:49
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    @CeesTimmerman That "innocent comment" you mention is something that happens with depressing frequency. After awhile, it gets extremely trite. It's not so much the community's problem as it is every single new user's belief that their demand for a reason must be met.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '15 at 2:02
  • @Frank. It's only one comment; just ignore it if it doesn't apply to you. Maybe the many instances of these comments is a sign that such is lacking in the interface. And at least it's more innocent than taking points from a newbie for no apparent reason. Jun 15 '15 at 3:13
  • @CeesTimmerman Yours is only one comment. When combined with the rest of the new members, it becomes almost incessant. Rather than taking it as a sign that the interface is lacking, experience has shown that the reasoning is incredibly sound, and that new users don't understand what SE is about.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '15 at 3:15
  • @Frank The sign of a good GUI is that people don't need to spend time perusing FAQs and whatnot to be able to use it properly. Did i miss anything in my QA? Jun 15 '15 at 3:17
  • @CeesTimmerman Yes. The fact that comments are optional. If they were mandatory, you would have gotten your comment. You didn't, ergo, there asking is a lost cause, and rather annoying to established users.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '15 at 3:18
  • @Frank I understand that people can grieve others for the lulz, but as i've explained above, some may need a reminder that such an optional downvote is useless at best. Jun 15 '15 at 3:20
  • @CeesTimmerman Except that it's not. Downvotes are arguably the most important tools established users have. By portraying it as griefing others, it shows you don't understand their purpose. I'd recommend going to do your due diligence and research their use before deciding their purpose is for trolling. Until then, I'm out.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '15 at 3:21
  • @Frank How is it not useless in this case? I understand the purpose just fine, hence this case. AFAIK, my QA meets all site requirements. If it doesn't, please let me know how to improve it. Jun 15 '15 at 3:22
  • @CeesTimmerman Simple. Because community members decided to downvote the content. They have that capability, and they can exercise that privilege as they see fit. Your opinion that the content isn`t worthy of that treatment is irrelevant.
    – Frank
    Jun 15 '15 at 3:26
  • Their opinion is as valid as mine, hence irrelevant according to you, so there's no point to continue this discussion. Not all criteria are subjective, but even those can be adressed. (Should i have added an intro and TIA? According to objective criteria i should not have, but it might be nice subjectively.) Jun 15 '15 at 3:28
  • There's nothing wrong with asking why you received downvotes. Some people are touchy about it, but it would be best for those people to simply ignore their irritation. Understand, too, that there is nothing wrong with the downvoters choosing to ignore your request for an explanation. Many times, explaining a downvote simply leads to argument which they have no interest in engaging in.
    – Sterno
    Jun 16 '15 at 20:07
  • @Sterno Except that the latter case is harmful to one's motivation to participate, i agree. Jun 17 '15 at 23:36

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