There is a post in Meta.SE that is seeking some volunteer sites to test an adjustment of voting privilege. There are a few changes, but the highlights are.
What would change for sites participating in this test?
There are three main privilege changes happening here as part of our test:
- Reputation required to cast upvotes is changing from 15 to 1
- Reputation required to cast downvotes is changing from 125 to 1 The 1
- reputation cost to downvote answers will be removed
We will notify logged-in users with <125 rep to let them know that they can vote with a popup.
To understand motivations for new downvoters, the first few downvotes from a <125-rep user would require them to explain their downvote - this information will not be posted anywhere, but will instead be collected by our research team and bucketed into categories so that we can better understand reasons people downvote.
Since GenAI.SE is already an experiment site, boosting participation and engagement (the goal of this testing) very much aligns with one of our current issues right now.
Should we volunteer?