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Upon reading this post, I thought of much retort, thankfully, aaron_baugher said most of it more clearly and succinctly than I might have. So I'll confine myself to addressing this sentence:

I can freely accept that the only apparent response to my posting was 30 (so far...) downvotes.

That pretty well sums up why this place (and other sites; but that is their problem) need downvotes. A few more statistics.

Without downvotes, your three posts in this thread would show: +8 +5 +1

Which could only be read as a small but consistently positive support for your proposal.

But the reality stands as -38 .v. +8 -20 .v. +5 -9 .v. +1

Hence, a notional, small positive support turns into an overwhelming 82.7% rejection of your proposal, on the basis of the response to your posts alone.

On the basis of pro .v. anti posts in the thread, it is nearer 95% anti your proposal.

And on the basis of all the votes cast in the thread for posts that vaguely support you; versus those very clearly against, it is closer to 99%.

The disenfranchisement of the ability to record an active rejection -- in favor of passive acceptance -- would place the monastery into a reality distortion field, leading to the same outcome as "a few good men doing nothing".

With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

The start of some sanity?

In reply to Re^2: Proposal: eliminate down-votes by BrowserUk
in thread Proposal: eliminate down-votes by sundialsvc4

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