The slow-motion trainwreck — MonicaGate — evolving on MSE has many factors, mostly remote from this one...
...Except this one!
Here is a comment by rockwalrus to bobobobo expressing that pithily though I've seen it expressed many times.
I personally dont think any informal FAQ-ing will prevent this tear from happening. To wit
As the number of people discussing a question goes up with content+agreement coalesced into one vote, it will invariably happen that
- two people that seem to be in opposition would be found to actually agree
- two people that seemingly concur by voting in the same direction would be found to be in violent disagreement
Scale up to full-SE-network and we get the astronomical bedlam to content ratio that is playing out on MSE.
If we don't want to go that-a-way 2-dimensional voting needs to be incorporated at the system level itself.
Ie one should be able to say I disagree with your view and heartily thank you for expressing it
There is a limit to the strain between de-facto and de-jure that any system can withstand.
Ironically (or not) I've upvoted this not because I agree with luser droogs view but because this is an important question for SE style fora