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I didn't see a Feedback category, so if this isn't in the right place, please move it.
In Q and A, the line is "Don't be shy.....ask it." OK. And we've all heard that there are no stupid questions, right? But if ibles is trying to encourage honest (non-troll) questions, rating a question as "Worthless" has the opposite effect.
Maybe the question has limited interest. Maybe few people view it. Maybe fewer people answer. These are neutral characteristics, and perhaps they are criterion by which someone judges the questions. To call a question "Worthless", however, is a real slap down and not in keeping with the idea of "be nice".
I see that my questions are sometimes rated "Worthless," and, yeah, I feel bad when I see that. ( Maybe I'm too dumb for ibles? Maybe I don't measure up to ible standards? Maybe I'm not really welcome here??)
I ask questions because I want answers, and this community is full of helpful people who have useful experience and good ideas. Despite the worthless ratings, I'm getting useful answers from the community and intend to keep asking.
If only authors can see the ratings, is the intent to berate us into asking better questions? Constructive criticism might be more effective. If everyone can see the ratings, is the intent to guide readers away from "worthless" questions or to shame the authors into going away?