In light of the recent removal of down votes, I think it would be a good idea to discuss community standards, values, goals and social norms for this site, as well as the role of the moderators vs. community for enforcing them and what that enforcement would look like.
Some food for thought:
I would personally like to see a set a set of posted guidelines for user behavior on lobsters. I think this would be useful in setting expectations for users and gives people more direction for appropriate discussion. If a behavior doesn’t help with the community’s goals, it should probably not happen here.
From my understanding, the goal of this site is to act as a high quality technology link aggregator with nice thought provoking discussions and transparency in moderator actions and link rankings. It was made as an alternative to HN and reddit to avoid the pitfalls those communities have.
I think the point of down voting was to keep the link and comment quality on topic and high quality, but as others have pointed out, it was used to disagree with someone’s opinions rather than further discussion.
What sort of system would you like to see in place for moderation and what should be moderated?