In light of the recent discussion on codifying how the Lobste.rs community is intended to work, I’d like to bring up something that’s annoyed me [slightly] from the beginning: the down-vote icon.
tl;dr The up- and down-vote icons look identical, but their meaning/function is not. I believe the down-vote icon should be changed to a “–” (minus) to reflect this similar-but-not-equal nature.
The up-vote arrow is very self-explanatory, especially for users of reddit and similar. It’s used to show one’s support of a post or comment, and it’s used by the sorting to raise a post above lesser-voted posts. On the contrary, the down-vote arrow is used more as a reporting tool, indicating poor quality or spammy posts, and less as a simple “rank this lower” to the sorting; “rank this lower” is effected by simply not up-voting a story. Because these two tasks aren’t quite the same, I feel they should not share the same iconography. The down-vote arrow is actually a menu that expands into the familiar reasons for down-voting a story, and I believe it should have a menu-like icon that still respects its negative intention but its inequality from the up-vote. Thus, a “–” minus, or perhaps even the “…” ellipses as is used in Android.
So Lobste.rs, what do you think? Am I off-base or alone in thinking this way? Or perhaps there are better suggestions?