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Re: Proposal: eliminate down-votes

by afoken (Canon)
on Jun 02, 2012 at 17:24 UTC ( #974037=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Proposal: eliminate down-votes

My first impression when I read the heading: Oh no, not another!

I don't know about international ebay sites, but the german one has removed the "downvotes" for vendors. Vendors can send a neutral or positive rating, buyers can additionally send a negative rating. Sure, the rating system was abused by some people, but without any way to tell others that a buyer shows unwanted behaviour, the rating system on is essentially useless for vendors. And neutral is the "new negative".

What does that mean for perlmonks? There is no neutral vote, just up and down. Remove down and you get a completely useless tool, just like the page visit counters on every web page in the 1990s.

I use the voting tool as a shotcut to "punish" bad behavior or really stupid posts with downvotes, and to reward good posts. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yes, there are trolls around here, some plain stupid ones, and a few some very clever ones. The former disappear rater quickly, but the clever ones are harder to handle. I downvote troll postings of both kinds, even if that does not hurt the XP of the clever ones much. But even if I prefer upvoting, I would really miss the downvote function.


Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

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Re^2: Proposal: eliminate down-votes
by Aldebaran (Deacon) on Jul 02, 2015 at 05:56 UTC

    I just got my first post that got a net negative evaluation, and there was no mystery to it: I mis-posted and somehow double-posted trying to fix it. I didn't get burned at the stake, and ended up gaining a few experience points, where I might have made twice that if I had posted correctly. The downvotes give an incentive to not screw up and get it right.

Re^2: Proposal: eliminate down-votes
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 03, 2012 at 09:58 UTC

    I would really miss the downvote function.

    I don't know, the new neutered downvote function dosn't seem quite as useful as the old unfiltered one

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