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?
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.
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.
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.