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Re^2: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
in thread We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
By posting anonymously I remove your ability to simply down-vote me and move along. This way if you disagree you have no recourse but to use your words to say so, and by doing so you potentially expose the flaw in your thinking, and open up the possibility of discussion and debate. The anonymous feature is useful in the context of the rest of the software, but if down-voting is removed it's usefulness as a defensive shield would diminish, and then it's only use would for anonymous cowards to throw crap without having to stand by their words.