I was scrolling the Primaries page, and clicked the downvote button on a post, yes?

Single downvote

Ok. This Primary entry had 0 votes, then I downvoted, so it has a score of -1. So far, so good.

I noticed If I click on the number, I can see how many votes it has because I have 1k+ rep.

Full vote score

-14 + 6 is still -8, right? Almost all the other entries at the Primary submissions page thingy do the same sort of SE (common core) math.



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If a candidate is at a negative score, the score will display as your vote.

So, if you didn't vote, it will display as 0; if you downvoted, -1, and if you upvoted, 1.

The same question was asked on Mother Metatwice—presumably the reasoning is provided in the linked duplicate of the first question and the answer of the second question.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there some explanation of why this behavior was chosen? It is so heavily downvoted candidates don't feel as bad -- until they click? \$\endgroup\$
    – xnor
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xnor I edited a MSE link into the answer (although the MSE post is somewhat unclear about it). \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ This isn't true, I see -6 for at least one candidate. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 28, 2016 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that's pretty unclear. It's marked as a dupe of a question that's asking something else. \$\endgroup\$
    – xnor
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Morgan'Venti'Thrappuccino Did you expand the upvotes/downvotes? This only applies for the unexpanded view. \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see that without expanding. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 28, 2016 at 20:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Morgan'Venti'Thrappuccino [status-norepro]. Perhaps refreshing the page will "fix" it (for certain definitions of fix). \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xnor I found another MSE post that might be related (it describes slightly different behavior, but it could have been changed). \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Mar 28, 2016 at 20:50

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