I think the “low quality” downvote is not helping lobsters, and I think it is hurting it a little bit. I think that it should be removed. It was suggested two months ago, and I think that it was used properly for a week or two, but since then has not been useful.
It seems like people are using “low quality” as a proxy for, “I don’t like this.” There are a few valid use cases for “low quality”, like when a particularly insipid listicle makes its way to lobsters, but when very well liked links like this one it puts the entire idea of a post being too “low quality” for lobsters into question.
I think that downvoting an article for being “low quality” makes the submitter feel bad, and it doesn’t improve the caliber of the articles submitted to lobsters any more than simply not upvoting an article. I think if I was a new poster, and posted one of my blog posts to lobsters and got a “low quality” downvote and then had my article booted from near the top of the front page, I’d find it very dispiriting, and I might not want to come back.
I don’t think the problem of low quality posts is as bad as we thought it was when we added the low quality downvote, and I think for very seriously low quality material, we can use spam instead.