It just occurred to me that the term tooltip used for SE's upvote and downvote button might be ambiguous and misleading.
Doesn't tip here mean advice? Whenever I hover my mouse over an icon in Word (computer programme) a message appears that tells me more about that button's functionality, and its purpose. But on SE the message that appears over the upvote and downvote button is almost a definition.
- “This question shows research effort: it is useful and clear”
- “This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful”
Merriam-Webster defines the noun of vote as
1. a : a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision; especially : one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office
b : the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election)
c : an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote
and provides the following explanation for the intransitive verb
1: to express one's views in response to a poll; especially : to exercise a political franchise
2: to express an opinion “consumers…vote with their dollars” — Lucia Mouat
Surprisingly, the terms upvote or tooltip, are not listed in M-W, but Oxford Dictionaries Online comes to the rescue.
(In an online context) register approval of or agreement with (a post or poster) by means of a particular icon:
— I wish people would upvote comments they agree with instead of typing the exact same thing a hundred more times
— you’ve missed the point entirely, as have the people who upvoted you
— users don’t have the ability to upvote, downvote, or leave comments
A message which appears when a cursor is positioned over an icon, image, hyperlink, or other element in a graphical user interface.
—You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.
- Why is the UV and DV button on StackExchange, technically speaking, a ‘tool’?
- Is clicking on Facebook's like button a ‘tool’ or a ‘vote’? Would you define awarding marks/grades on a paper a ‘tool’?
- Bonus question: When was the term tooltip/tool tip actually coined, and by whom?