A while ago, Lobsters started hiding “fresh but boring” comment scores.
Personally, I haven’t found this change to be great, for a couple of reasons:
- It really doesn’t make sense that I can’t see how my own comment is doing for 24 hours. After just a couple of hours, I’m very interested in knowing if my comment a score of -2 or +4.
- As mentioned in the highest voted comment in the linked thread, it’s very common behaviour to see a comment with a score of -1 and upvote it, because you don’t think it deserves to be downvoted. I constantly do this on Reddit, where I wouldn’t necessarily upvote a comment with a score of 1 because I don’t find it to be amazingly insightful, but upvote it if it has a score of 0 or -1, because I don’t think it deserves downvotes.
I think it’s time to revisit this decision. Maybe 24 hours is a bit too long? Maybe let you see your own score after only a few hours, which would prevent people from getting bent out of shape when they’re in a somewhat heated argument and see their comment getting a downvote, but wouldn’t be quite as intrusive? Maybe make it impossible to downvote a comment responding directly to yours, as suggested in that other thread?
Also, are there any statistics or other data which might indicate how big of a difference the change has made in the voting behaviour of the people of Lobsters?