We've received a few questions recently that are asking how to do something that they really shouldn't be doing.
- How to convince manager to let employees change departments?
- How to disclose negative information about a candidate when I'd rather not reveal its source?
- What Are Safe Ways Of Getting Terminated?
These questions are generally well-written and on-topic for the Workplace, but they still garner a lot of downvotes and close votes because users don't think the proposed solution is the correct one. I think these questions are useful so that we can prevent other people from making the same mistake in the future. Also, a string of downvotes and close attempts to a new user asking a useful (though flawed) question in good faith often scares them away.
I've been making the following comment, which has at least seemed to be somewhat effective.
To the close and down voters: This question is well written and fits the on-topic definition for The Workplace. If you disagree with the premise of the question, it is perfectly acceptable to post an answer which explains that. (See this question on Meta)
Sometimes I'll give an up-vote just to counteract all the negative votes, and I've voted to reopen the departments question. Are there other ways we can discourage this sort of reactive voting?