Just exactly what is the purpose for the up and down point arrows with the questions?
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Well, basically the idea is so people can vote you up or down so that people can see how many people agree or disagree with the answers given. It's an anonymous way to agree or disagree, because actually commenting on someone's answer will display your name, so up or down is a way to do it anonymously. Though to be honest, a lot of people use it as ways to just be petty, and cut someone down. Still, it is good to see a bunch of people cutting down someone particularly stupid, or offensive, and it's nice to see people with good advice get voted up.
Oh, also, at one point, you used to get Xper points when people voted you up, and lose points when you were voted down. That was apparently removed because they felt it wasn't very effective, and some people were abusing it. I can understand that. Especially considering the points are directly tied to rewards that could cost the site money.
But yeah, that's what the ups and downs are for. Agreeing and disagreeing anonymously.4
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