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TechRepublic FAQ: Voting

One of the changes of TechRepublic's 2011 upgrade is the ability to vote on individual comments in both the Discussions and Questions forums. This video offers a quick look at TechRepublic's voting system and how you can use it benefit the TR community.

One of the very cool things that we added as part of our 2011 upgrade is the ability to vote. Watch the video: "TechRepublic FAQ video: Voting."

Previously, only the people who asked questions in the Questions forum could give the respondents a Thumbs Up -- but now, everyone can vote on the individual comments in both the Discussions and Q&A forums.

What's the point of voting? We want to help you all quickly find the good stuff (the comments that receive the most plus or positive votes) and ignore the stuff that's not so good (the comments that receive the most minus or negative votes).

Please don't vote down comments just because the opinions differ from your own. Instead, we'd love it if you Voted up comments that had a lot of thought put into them or were well presented, even if you don't share the same views.

However, don't be afraid to vote down comments that you think are either biased or unfair, or contain personal attacks or foul language. By default, after a comment has received five votes down, it gets hidden. Everyone can still read what that person said, but it takes an extra click.

To change your default setting, click Community Preferences at the top of any Question or Discussion or go to My Account (your account) at the top right of any page and select Preferences. The Threshold section has a drop-down option so that you can alter your default rating for hiding comments. For example, you can change your threshold so that comments are hidden after being voted down just three times.

If you run across really egregious comments -- not just foul language but inappropriate personal attacks and name calling -- please Flag it, select the Cause of the Report, enter a brief explanation (this part is optional), and then click Submit.

TechRepublic's moderator will completely remove these flagged comments from the site, because we're committed to creating a respectful and professional atmosphere for IT pros to exchange ideas. So, please remember: attack ideas, not people.

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16 comments
JADavis9
JADavis9

Yes, I ran the first on the road course event at Suzuka and had to drive in the rain for the first time in a NASCAR with windshield wipers and a foggy windshield. I had driven in the Daytona 24 Hours in a GTP car in 1991 before when I hung out and took Paul Newman's place when he didn't show up on time for practice because he was too busy filming something. I was just hanging out after winning the SCCA Formula Mazda pro series and Rookie Of The Year and looking for a ride. I also ran at Motegi on the oval when I took some extra cars and rented them to 2 Japanese drivers to run with the Cup guys for the first time! I also had to round up all of the pit equipment and tools for my car and their cars while I had to keep stuff here to run at Las Vegas 1-1/2 mile oval to finish my Winston West season. Oh, and I had to find about 40 crewmembers who had NASCAR licenses and passports and could take the time off work to go to Japan! I sure had some good times doing all that stuff!

JADavis9
JADavis9

I'm not gonna run from mean people who seem to have nothing better to do than poke at people. I've got a life to live and fortunately, the way I live it seems to work pretty good for me and those who live closely around me. My wife who has worked for the same employer for 21+ years and my two young teenage kids who are both Gate/Honors students in school while many of their friends are fumbling. So I guess my top 10% in a HS class of 1100+ and my bachelors degree earned in 4-1/2 years while I worked to pay for my own college has taught me some things that are working out. I was able to buy and run a manufacturing business for 20+ years building racing wheel products that I originally knew nothing about. And the profits allowed me to race cars all over the USA plus in Canada and then twice in Japan at the Winston Cup level after switching from CART Indy Lights and then the IMSA GTP at the Daytona 24 Hours. So something was working before I got hurt on that borrowed motocross motorcycle in 2007, I guess!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Those would have been the exhibition races at Motegi in the late '90s, right? All I remember of them is that Mike Skinner won one of the three.

JADavis9
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at one time or another

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

[i]"Please don???t vote down comments just because the opinions differ from your own."[/i] as long as the option is there, the web trolls / bullies will do it regardless of the content of the post

Jaqui
Jaqui like.author.displayName 1 Like

aww I comments saying tags are an asinine technology that needs to go in Mark's post about tagging files in win7 got voted down. maybe everyone should go vote them down. :D

pgit
pgit

your point made... and taken, sir/madam wipe cookies and vote down again... unngh~

yobtaf
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Thank you for this change which I hope will stop all the negativity and cheap shots. But keep in mind, all this will be for naught if the writers don't stop baiting the readers.

Tigger_Two
Tigger_Two like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

I only hope that the content of this site CONTINUES to "bait" the readers. It should provoke discussion and should incite powerful thinking and hopefully well considered thoughts that encourage [b]new[/b] thinking. If all you want is pablum, I suggest that you consider drinking at any of the fanboy wells. All they offer is regurgitated marketing that strongly appeals to the limp of brain. I have been a writer on this site. My best work was validated by the enthusiastic discussion of my thoughts. You, sir, tell me that you are lazy, in thinking and in response. My goal as a writer is to challenge your thinking. I pray for an invigorating rebuttal.

santeewelding
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I was searching for just such a phrase. It did not come to me. Thank you, Tig. I will write that one down.

Tigger_Two
Tigger_Two

I expect reasonable credit. One should, after all, when one calls it correctly.

santeewelding
santeewelding like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Except in your case. Your blather belongs in the Water Closet.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Now that was ... different. They decided to amputate at the hip. Note to self... the flags... they're for calling in the B52-delivered cluster bombs...

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