What does it mean that the Seven Letter word Game has a minus 6. Does it mean that six people have voted it down or that the balance of votes is for six down.
The balance of votes is six down.
Why would anybody want to vote that game down?
If they vote it down, it collapses out of view for them. That's useful if you dont want to wade through an endless number of word game threads you're not interested in every time you come to the site. Vote it down, and you wont ever see it anymore. Vote down enough threads you're not personally interested in, and you will find it much easier to find threads you're interested in.
Others who are
interested in word games, meanwhile, can just vote those ones up, and they will always appear for them. Or they can go to their preferences and set them so that no topic ever disappears from their sight. Or they can click the tag Trivia and word games
, and see all their beloved word games at once.
It has gone to the top of my "My posts" page but nobody will see that I assume.
No, but anyone who goes to the homepage can just use those practical little options at the top of the topic listing to switch from "Most votes" to "New posts", and/or from "Day" to "All Time", and presto! There it is. And to make it easy for them, once they've changed those settings, they will automatically stay that way for them, until they decide to change them again.
E.g., my standards are set to "All Time" and "New Posts". So if I go to the Philosophy and Debate tag
as you suggest, the very top post there is - presto! - your Cambridge budget scoffers thread.