Regardless of what we, the moderators, have commanded from on high StackExchange sites are designed to be a self-regulating community (more or less). While I don't agree with the idea of downvoting Ripple and altcoin questions and that's certainly not what the votes are there for, we Bitcoiners of all people should understand and respect the workings of a free market.
The original rules are arrived at by voting consensus, modifications to the rules are arrived at by voting consensus and the community-evaluated worth of individual content is arrived at by voting consensus. If more people here like ripple than hate it, you'll still end up with a positive score. If not, questions the community deems undesirable will go into the red and eventually stop being asked. Welcome to StackExchange, the ultimate free market of Q&A.