Lately I've seen a trend where a new person will come onto the site and ask a question. The only issue is, the question is put in as an answer to an existing question. When others see it as a question and a faux pas, they'll not only flag the entry as a non-answer, but will also downvote it as well.
I see this as an issue for a couple of reasons:
- A new person may not know we don't include a question within a question and expect it to get answered. This is just the learning curve for Stack Exchange, and to me, nothing which would warrant a downvote. By downvoting, you may be pushing this person away, where they never come back. In my humble opinion, this really isn't keeping with the idea of the new Code of Conduct.
- If it truly is a new person who asks their question inside of another question, they don't have any points. (Well, they will have one point, anyway.) If you downvote them, nothing will happen to their point total, but your point total will go down by one as well as you using up one of your daily votes. This hurts you, but doesn't do anything to the recipient.
I'm trying to draw attention to the fact it really isn't doing anyone any good to downvote in this situation. Instead, flag the answer as "Not an Answer" and one of us Mods will take care of it in short order. If you feel inclined to suggest to the individual they should be using the "Ask Question" link at the top of the page, then please do so.
Now, I'm not telling you how to vote. Far from it. You should always feel free to vote your conscience and use your daily votes in any manner you feel you need to. As always, if you take umbrage with anything I've said here, please feel free to leave a comment or go full on postal in an answer. As part of your Moderation Team, I'm only here to serve.