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Of fortunately, there is no metametacodegolf, so I will just put my question here. At https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/22646/16842, someone said my question violated a post here, but the post had less than 25 votes. So my question is, how much support does something need to become policy?

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On top of these two fine answers which I have upvoted, I will add:

No one needs a policy to downvote you; they only need an opinion.

Policy or not, each user is free to vote as they see fit. So the "policy" is not so much a real policy 'graved in stone, but a set of principles - a way of thinking about the kind of community we want to be.

If someone invokes that way of thinking when they downvote you, they are probably doing so as a courtesy so you know why you were downvoted. It's actually pretty nice, because it sucks getting downvoted with no comment.

But no amount of disputing the policy they invoke - even if successfully - is going to diminish their right to downvote you anyway.

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Oh, only less than 25? You do realize it's the fifth highest voted meta post, and it's only been around for less than two weeks? Is an almost record-breaking amount of votes not support enough?

Here on Stack Exchange, the community runs the site. The obvious consensus is that it's a good idea, and we, as a community, are enforcing it.

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To support Doorknob's post, that policy now has 20 upvotes (the 20th being mine). That means there are 20 more supporters than dissenters. Given the size of this community that has a vocal opinion about policy, I'd say a 20-point lead is a pretty clear show of support. Heck, even a 10-point lead would lend significant weight, in my opinion.

Speaking for myself, if hardcoding were decided to be okay on this site, I'd quit. I find the idea to be offensive, and usually I nuke such "answers" on sight.

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