One of the things that I love about Lobsters is the fact that you can attach meaning to downvotes.
However, too often I will see people derail conversations with straw man arguments, even when it’s fairly obvious that they’ve missed what the other person was saying.
Straw man arguments balloon threads into pointless back & forth’s that detract from the overall discussion, and by adding a
straw-man downvote option we can incentivize each other to try harder at hearing what the other person is really saying instead of interpreting their comments in a way that makes us look good, but at the expense of noise and disconnect between each other.
off-topic flag is close, but it’s not quite the same thing and can lead people to misunderstand the feedback that was intended. You can be on topic and still make a straw man.