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.
Re^3: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting
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That's not a fallacy, sure you down-vote the node, but it's the user who logs in to be told they've lost experience points. I'm currently still well into negative figures on my account. I'm slowly clawing my way back towards 0 but I've got a long way to go yet and frankly I can't be bothered even trying, I have no interest in contributing to this site as it stands right now. If it was modernised and the rule set was brought to what is considered the rational lawful standard I might be inclined to rethink that position but as it stands I want nothing more than to see this place burned to the ground :)