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# up/ down voting articles

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What do the numbers by the up/ down arrows for the article vote mean? Most times it is 0 and my vote takes it to 1 or -1, I've never seen a starting figure greater than about 3.

How does this work?

4 years ago

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Great question ... Hopefully somebody will come up with an answer

4 years ago

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4 years ago

Jack.Elliot
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cheers ... it does not apply to me just now because I do not do any translations .. but here are some Lingots to add to your Lingot wealth

4 years ago

The score of your post is likes+dislikes. For example, if 3 persons give you tumbs up and 5 dislike your post, you'll have 3+(-5)=3-5=-2 (you know than - with + is -). ;)

4 years ago

dibdin
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I'm talking about articles, not my post. I imagine my post might attract a handful of votes, but the difference in a bad article must be more than a small single figure. ( +4100 - 4102= -2) the chances of like to dislike being that close are infinitesimal. My point is that many people must be voting. Or mabe they don't.

4 years ago

Yeah, sorry, I don't know about articles.

4 years ago

Dessamator
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Here's an article with more than 3 upvotes: https://www.duolingo.com/translation/448562353ce663e75b19af3bce07da8a.

The general principle is that you upvote articles you like, and downvote (or not) those that you don't. People tend to downvote articles that contain many mistakes or formatting issues.

4 years ago

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As far as I can work out, it's an indication of how interesting or worthwhile other people find the article to work on. Presumably if someone posts an article that receives lots of upvotes they may be encouraged to post something similar, or at least of similar interest, in future; but getting lots of downvotes may indicate that others don't think it worthwhile to get involved in translating it. The things I've noticed attracting downvotes are pieces on emphemera, eg some here-today-gone-tomorrow pop group or pieces that are so disjointed it's not clear what they're about.

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dibdin
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The question really is, what base is this number starting from? does -3, for instance, mean 3,000 downvotes and mine make it -4 or something like that. There must have been more than three downvotes for a rubbish advert.

4 years ago

AureliaUK
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Yes, agreed : the number we see is the net figure after all the upvotes and downvotes are added up, so it doesn't give any real idea of how much voting has gone on. Being able to see separate + and - numbers would be interesting, but possibly not of real value.

4 years ago

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There is no obvious logic to it at all. I think the highest number of upvotes on anything I've uploaded recently was for a Wikipedia article on Winchester (which also had its share of downvotes). By a country mile. Not obvious at all.

4 years ago

I deleted my previous post, as I now see that you understand what voting on Immersion articles is for; you were simply trying to determine the logic behind user voting patterns.

It's really not something you can gain clear understanding of. I see great articles which receive no votes (except for the upvotes I place). But then I see ones which are inaccurate, incomplete or about a topic which you wouldn't think anyone would need more than a paragraph to discuss, which receive 10 votes. There is no logic to it. Since you get a Lingot every time your Immersion article is upvoted, there's such inconsistencies with the voting, and many humans are competitive... you can pretty much be certain that therein lies the answer as to why article upvotes appear as they do.

4 years ago

learn1fun1
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What does the comment upvote, sc mean?

4 years ago