(I'd post this on meta.meta.photo.SE, but last time I checked it didn't yet exist ;-))
The [latest Weekly Featured Image question] states:
The goal of this contest is to pick a winner that the community would like to see. It is NOT to vote photos that we dislike into oblivion. Art is a subjective thing and we need to be respectful of others tastes.
While I fully agree with this statement, I wonder where it comes from. How do other people interpret downvotes on the submitted photos? Is there some sort of consensus on the meaning of a downvote in this context? With regards to the phrasing of the statement, what exactly is "voting photos into oblivion" in this context?