Do some people downvote relevant comments just because they can? It seems like you can’t even make a critical opinion or a realistic viewpoint without someone hitting downvoting said comment.

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  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    27 April, 2018 - 4:06 pm

    <p>If you can't handle down votes, don't leave comments. Otherwise, learn not to interpret them as criticism, rather as disagreement.</p>

    • Daishi

      Premium Member
      28 April, 2018 - 6:28 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#266544">In reply to hrlngrv:</a></em></blockquote><p>But if you disagree with a comment why is your response to just slap a down vote on it rather than have a conversation about why?</p>

      • George Rae

        28 April, 2018 - 11:31 am

        <blockquote><a href="#266705"><em>In reply to Daishi:</em></a></blockquote><p>Worrying about down voting, or being up voted for that matter, just shows way to much emotional investment and time for a walk outside.</p>

      • hrlngrv

        Premium Member
        28 April, 2018 - 4:27 pm

        <p><a href="#266705"><em>In reply to Daishi:</em></a></p><p>Some initial comments aren't worthy of discussion. Made up example: <em>Garlic is the best ice cream flavor, and anyone who disagrees is a moron</em>. Not many like that here, but is there any value in posting reasoned and respectful disagreement in response?</p><p>Perhaps I'm just showing my own basis for downvoting: most disagreeable for me are comments posting subjective opinion as indisputable fact, especially those that imply or are explicit that any disagreement is proof of mental defect.</p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    27 April, 2018 - 4:17 pm

    <p>The weirdest ones are when someone states a fact without any opinion and receives downvotes. In the end, it's pointless to care. It's like "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" where the points don't matter.</p>

    • rameshthanikodi

      27 April, 2018 - 5:50 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#266550"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a></blockquote><p>Yeah. I've seen comments getting downvoted for no reason. There are troll accounts here that are just downvoting everything. </p>

      • lwetzel

        Premium Member
        28 April, 2018 - 11:44 am

        <blockquote><a href="#266634"><em>In reply to FalseAgent:</em></a></blockquote><p>How do you know who up/down votes anything?</p><p><br></p>

  • Polycrastinator

    27 April, 2018 - 4:24 pm

    <p>I've said before and I'll say again: it would be useful to have a distinct "I disagree" and "this is spam/offensive/trolling" buttons. It remains unclear exactly what the downvote button is for, some folks use it to disagree, others because they think the comment is some form of violation.</p>

    • Mike Cramer

      27 April, 2018 - 5:19 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#266606"><em>In reply to Polycrastinator:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>I agree. I downvote trolling, but I rarely touch opinions that I disagree with, as long as they're respectful.</p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      27 April, 2018 - 7:00 pm

      <p><a href="#266606"><em>In reply to Polycrastinator:</em></a></p><p>This site desperately needs flag buttons for comments and Forum posts. Apparently it's too hard a computer science problem for BWW.</p>

  • Patrick3D

    27 April, 2018 - 5:00 pm

    <p>I tend to read downvoted comments more thoroughly to either give them an upvote if the person was simply offering a different viewpoint or downvote them into oblivion if they were trolling. I've often upvoted a downvoted comment that I personally disagreed with, simply because the person offered supporting data or source(s) to back up their statement.</p>

  • rameshthanikodi

    27 April, 2018 - 5:50 pm

    <p>I think downvoting should be removed/disabled. Just upvoting will do.</p>

    • Daishi

      Premium Member
      28 April, 2018 - 6:23 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#266635">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p>Completely agree. Down votes add no value and should just be removed.</p><p><br></p><p>If you disagree with a comment engage in a conversation about why. Don't just hit the down vote button and move on. Have a discussion.</p><p><br></p><p>The system should just be up vote in agreement, discuss in disagreement, flag blatant trolls.</p>

      • hrlngrv

        Premium Member
        28 April, 2018 - 4:21 pm

        <p><a href="#266704"><em>In reply to Daishi:</em></a></p><p>Agreement can't be expressed as responding comments?</p><p>Only upvotes is childish.</p>

        • skane2600

          28 April, 2018 - 6:44 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#266808"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>Sure, agreement can be expressed through responding, but the results would be in most cases redundant. On the other hand, a real counterargument may provide new information to consider or differentiate thoughtful disagreement vs "I don't like this comment, even if it's true".</p>

  • sentinel6671

    Premium Member
    27 April, 2018 - 7:25 pm

    <p>"You can do it your own way…if it's done just how I say."</p><p>- Metallica, Eye of the Beholder</p><p><br></p><p>Welcome to the internet…dare I say the modern world.</p>

  • bharris

    27 April, 2018 - 10:21 pm

    <p>Downvotes are just way down on my list of things to worry about….Feel free to downvote this….</p>

  • Daekar

    28 April, 2018 - 8:19 am

    <p>It's not just here. This place is usually pretty good. There are users who seem to exist just to troll people, and their stuff is usually heavily downvoted, but I don't recall seeing anything that wasn't kneejerk "everything sucks" negativity be downvoted hard. </p><p><br></p><p>Honestly, I can think of one member that I would just ban. They are nothing but a destroyer, who hates everything regardless of what it is and where it comes from. Bless Paul and the others for their patience with idiots. </p>

  • dcdevito

    28 April, 2018 - 8:42 am

    <p>Welcome to the internet</p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      28 April, 2018 - 4:17 pm

      <p><a href="#266729"><em>In reply to dcdevito:</em></a></p><p>Realistic cynicism always deserves upvotes.</p>

  • Jeffery Commaroto

    28 April, 2018 - 9:26 am

    <p>I like the idea of up, down, spam. Simple. Being a realist I foresee that if such a system was ever instituted we would then have a slew of forum comments about how the spam button is being abused and people are just using it as a means to wipe out comments they don’t like, etc. Put another way, I think the up/down is fine.</p><p><br></p><p>I do what many here have noted. If I see a comment that is blatantly just someone being a jerk and not really contributing facts and is just fuming, I downvote it.</p><p><br></p><p>If I see a comment with downvotes that has valid points, good information and seems to simply be taking a position the herd doesn’ like, I upvote it.</p><p><br></p><p>If I see a comment that is great, I upvote it.</p><p><br></p><p>Most of the time I do nothing and move on.</p>

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