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It’s one thing to
give people with negative opinions about a post, the power to vent their
opinion with a flag. It’s another thing to give such people the additional
power to bury a post (if enough “negative flags” have been awarded). I would suggest
to remove this additional power. Whatever system of flags is being used, I would
suggest to get rid of the possibility for a post to get buried.
contribute here, should not harbor a tinge of fear that their contribution will
be “down-voted into oblivion”.
James Todd said:
So we moderators/administrators have decided to make a small change to this test by adding the agree/disagree reactions. Ideally, agree/disagree would work in the general flow of conversation and up/downvote would work to help keep the conversation on track.“Disagree”ing has no real effect on the poster’s rating (unlike disliking); it’s simply a way to voice your opinion without hurting anyone else’s ratings.
Hrant H. Papazian said:
Maybe "Vote Up" can be the new "Insightful" and "Vote Down" can be "Off-Topic".
Indeed, because with
the old system, if some people dislike a contribution, they just vote such a
contribution down until it gets buried—which can be done quite quickly.
Why not “balance the
negativity”, “balance the vote down”, by removing its power to automatically
bury a contribution?
“Voting down” and “voting
up” as a means to get a contribution buried or unburied, is like a silent invitation
for people to behave malicious or childish. There is no necessary relationship
between the quality of a contribution, and its popularity.
Thomas Phinney said:
One strength of the old system was that it was pretty clear.....I'm still not clear in the revised-new-system what they are *exactly* for.
Ramiro Espinoza said:
I think there are many more attitudes that deserve 'vote down'
beside of being 'off topic'. I am thinking of, i.g. misogynistic, racist
or aggressive rhetoric. I am not in favor of renaming 'vote down'.
We should communicate with accountability.