Please remove upvoting/downvoting on posts

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DJANGO UNCHAINED

Senior Member

05-28-2012

Reddit has the same problem.

I don't like censorship, and I believe that self-censorship is the worst. If you are afraid of posting something because you will get downvoted, then something is wrong.

The effect is psychological, as you censor yourself on every post to make sure you don't get downvoted. Having been a forum moderator before on a vBulletin forum, that should be the moderator's job to instill order.

Not only that, but the general community will assume that a thought-out post must be bad, because it has downvotes. Of course the intelligent will see through this number, however most won't.

Feedback should be given in actual posts, not downvotes. When you downvote someone, they don't know what they said caused ire.

What removing this system will do is combat the popular hivemind mentality that many display at such places like Reddit, Facepunch, and here.

TL;DR: Remove upvoting/downvoting.


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That Other Guy

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05-28-2012

If you don't like upvotes/downvotes then just don't pay attention to them.

The purpose of upvotes/downvotes is to give a general indicator of whether a post is worth reading or not and whether people generally liked what they read. Anyone using it as more than that has psychological issues that will not be resolved or altered from a removal of upvoting/downvoting; they'll just have the same problem with negative comments, etc.