As we all know, downvote is supposed to express that question is not useful. But not all posts that we have here are questions ; hence the question: what do downvotes do to a non-question ? What is the reasoning behind downvoting a post that is meant to report a bug of sorts ?
My stance is this: we already have a mechanism for reporting/closing questions that are off-topic, that are bug reports , or are not substantial enough. Downvoting only turns off users , especially new ones. It's same as shouting to a customer into face "GO AWAY!DELETE!DELETE!".
StackExchange network, it seems,has a huge problem and disconnection with high-rep users and new,average user. So here's my proposal: instead of "nuking" a bug-report or seeming non-question with downvotes , let's bump our "customer-service" up:
- Comment on the question, asking for clarification. Let the user explain exactly what's the issue. In this example, we have what appears to be a bug report. The title itself doesn't have a clear sentence asking "How do I fix it?" but it's obvious it's implied
- Communicate with the user if they're in the wrong place. Do you yell at customer who comes into your restaurant if they got wrong address ? Same thing here. There are users here ( without naming names ) who will spend time and time arguing in comments, while with lesser amount of effort you could be polite and tell the user "Hey, sorry, we don't take bug reports. Send them to Launchpad or GitHub - wherever the devs put this software".
- Don't do mindless review. Yes, it's easy to click buttons - "delete this", "close that". Posts are human beings trying to reach out for help. So while you are in review queue , consider leaving a comment on a post, be a guide to users. Consider if you had 16th century teacher who only teaches for 45 minutes, explains nothing, and smacks you if anything is wrong without explaining why. I doubt most people like it.
In conclusion, this post isn't bashing on anyone in specific and not saying "stop downvoting everything". Main point here is this: instead of clicking buttons mindlessly, let's improve our communication with OP. There's no requests here, only invitation to discussion and making the experience of AskUbuntu better or everyone.