did you stop to think WHY you feel a need to down-vote something?
Sure, all the time. So what? If I decide I wish I could down-vote something, who are you to tell me I shouldn't be able to?
please consider what would [have] happened if the Wright brothers had to ask the general populace
Absurd. My downvote -- or even a net negative from a majority of voters -- has no such impact. Unless, I suppose, the poster wants to let it have that power over him. You don't have to. "XP is a game." You can choose to play, or not.
I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.