There are two issues. We have had a good, open-minded discussion. But the conclusion? I think there is a need for moderators to review the response options, some are less than helpful. Nice to have funny faces. But the red squares? The zeros? Are they necessary? I cited Quora as a straightforward site, from this point of view. Come on, surely you are familiar with "The Triumph Experience"? Very clear and simple.
For my part, I shall continue my hearts campaign, and rewarding low ratings posts with plusses, to cheer people up.
Why shouldn't we improve?
Improve our manners, and improve our software, while we are at it.
What choices, options, can the moderators offer?
I like the Forum, I read it every day, and contribute, whenever I have something to say. And Ilearn a great deal from all you clever clogs, engineers and brave DIY souls who took the plunge.