There are a few people that constantly downvote & attempt to close Ripple questions.
This is a callout to them - who are you? Why are you doing this?
Who is doing it is irrelevant. The important question is why. Ripple questions are getting close votes, but nobody's spoken against Ripple's inclusion in this discussion. (edit: AntonAnsagar has now, and Stephen Gornick posted something that can kinda be interpreted either way.) There are two possible reasons for that:
What should we do? Nothing, until 1) they make a meta post explaining their position or 2) gain enough support to actually close questions.
One more thing to remember: this isn't Us vs. Them. We're a community of people, and while we might disagree on some minor points, we're still going to build a kick-ass reference site.
I don't hate ripple but my scam/bs radar is very much warning me about it. Here is why: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=147789.0
Obviously 5-6 accounts are trying to promote Ripple here. These accounts are most probably owned by people who have a stake in Ripple or OpenCoin or whatever.
You are abusing this SE to promote your project/company.
I've given my thoughts with my answer here http://meta.bitcoin.stackexchange.com/a/362/2995 and in the comments.