Use of downvotes on Ausbt

By JBL | Apr 19, 2017, 12:30 PM

Has anybody else noticed increased downvoting on comments in articles lately? It's nothing worth losing sleep over but it seems like people are quite often downvoting things they disagree with rather than things that are factually incorrect or not valuable to discussion... Just a thought

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By RaptorNation158 | Apr 19, 2017, 12:44 PM

I've also noticed increased downvoting on all comments even if they are not controversial, it's probably just a few trolls.

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By JBL | Apr 19, 2017, 01:17 PM

This thread case in point hahaha

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By GBRGB | Apr 19, 2017, 01:59 PM

Virtually never notice, don't really care what someone thinks about someone else's comments,  

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By David | Apr 19, 2017, 03:45 PM

Meh. Downvotes can be 'disagree with your comment' as much as anything else, in fact this may be how most people perceive them, and of course there may be some mischief-minded people downvoting 'just because', so I'd not worry overly.

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By Grannular | Apr 19, 2017, 03:53 PM

Just for fun, I have downvoted everyone in this thread. 

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By russell | Apr 19, 2017, 04:17 PM

Why even have votes?

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By TheRealBabushka | Apr 19, 2017, 09:22 PM

Interesting concept for when downvotes should be used? Is this formalised somewhere? Remind me of the time a former public servant, who drives uber in his free time, lectured me on when 5 stars should be given (and yes, he set the threshold really low LOL)

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By JBL | Apr 19, 2017, 11:15 PM

Interesting concept for when downvotes should be used? Is this formalised somewhere? Remind me of the time a former public servant, who drives uber in his free time, lectured me on when 5 stars should be given (and yes, he set the threshold really low LOL)


My impresion of voting etiquette is probably influenced by Reddit, meaning I think they should be used for comments that don't contribute to discussion rather than comments you disagree with. But I guess it differs between website.
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By fatty | Apr 20, 2017, 04:30 PM

I just clicked a lot of red arrows....oops.  



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By Steve987 | Apr 21, 2017, 01:29 PM

id like to think that a thumbs down would be followed up with a counter position to that which was disagreed with, but this is the Wild West of the Web, so not surprised when it doesnt occur.


Thumbs down use is just lazy. Arguably so is use of thumbs up, but agreeing with a position already explained doesn't need more but disagreement should, in my view, be explained so as to open up the possibility of debate and an understanding of counter positions.
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By John Phelan | Apr 24, 2017, 04:30 PM

Has anybody else noticed increased downvoting on comments in articles lately? It's nothing worth losing sleep over but it seems like people are quite often downvoting things they disagree with rather than things that are factually incorrect or not valuable to discussion... Just a thought


I downvote when I disagree with someone's post - either because it's factually incorrect or because I disagree with their opinion about whatever. Both are perfectly valid. 
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By Steve987 | Apr 24, 2017, 06:44 PM

Has anybody else noticed increased downvoting on comments in articles lately? It's nothing worth losing sleep over but it seems like people are quite often downvoting things they disagree with rather than things that are factually incorrect or not valuable to discussion... Just a thought


I downvote when I disagree with someone's post - either because it's factually incorrect or because I disagree with their opinion about whatever. Both are perfectly valid. 

And lazy
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By Grannular | Apr 25, 2017, 12:56 PM

Downvoted
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