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Do TROLLS just visit and selectively downvote all day?

...as I peruse old stuff, responses etc., to continue threads - I see all these mere (-1)'s; I re-read my posts, I know when I'm abrasive or blunt; but I also know when I'm in no way deserved of a down-vote on a great many things!

(-2) or (-6)'s I get it, I know when I aggravate or pick a fight...but normally, my stuff is usually pretty positive or of benefit; thought-provoking in this community...

I call deliberate sabotage; to discredit my words specifically - it's a billboard; kind of a message that reads "pass by this post, it's no good" ... downvotes with NO refutations/reasons really irritate me, so I suspect trolls...

Anyone else experiencing the same?



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Although in some cases what you say is true..

you have no idea how much I want to downvote this post lol. I think the trolls are best left alone under the bridge.

Uh yeah for a known fact.

The mods have to periodically scrub troll accounts and many of these trolls had multiple accounts and would do exactly as you say. For a while there I had this inverse fan-club, I couldn't ask for directions to the store without getting downvoted. And this whole concept of "approval rating" well some of us gage SUCCESS with huge amounts of downvotes.

Remember, when you are taking flak that just means you are over the target.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Oh and it is rather fun to be villified.

This is one of the best proving grounds for authorship. As an author myself I think we tend to want positive feedback, negative feedback, ANY KIND OF FEEDBACK because it's really hard to convince people to read your stupid book. So around here we have RABID readers and if the DP community doesn't like it, it will rise up as one body and with a thunderous voice tell you that they think your shibbit stinks. I mean so bluntly: you suck. You stink, you are an idiot and that thing between your ears is a cesspool.

And I find this strangely cathartic. I know I stink. When you surround yourself with your betters it's hard not to feel like an intellectual gnat. But I guess the reason why I continue to try to give is because I have received so very much from this community. Because every "I hate you" message here means somebody took the time to tell us so, so en reducto what they are actually telling us is a secret coded message that says "I care about you".

Thrive on that you desert cacti.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Oh and I'm downvoting you just to be ironic.

You have 5 seconds to try and stop me.

Oops too late you lose ;)

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

wouldn't it be interesting econ-social experiment if

DP were to tie our vote ratings to a real-time BitCoin account?

let's see how genteel or abrupt people would be, then. lol.

well, to be fair all human interactions are based on trust and presumed trust be it in an idea, a system, a person, or a medium of exchange.

as a social phenomenon, it's been interesting watching how various members respond to Negative votes, or some even try to maintain a certain positive ratings. Well, I suppose our votes have become our de facto DailyPaul currency.

for me personally, while it'd kinda suck to have a neg. rating, what I most watch for is what people consider positive or negative merely as a vox populi indicator; I've been gone for a few months and may only be here temporarily for now, but it's interesting to see the various fluctuation in some familiar faces' ratings, and what type of topics get voted up, down, or frontpaged.

If it has any AnCap mention, Mark Hanson's commentary is sure to follow. LOL. Not sure if he's a troll, but he sure gets down voted A LOT. LOLOL.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Yes, I missed you,

good to see you back :)

LOVE IT!

Great idea! That's true market based for you.

If it were tied to profit and loss...

then everybody would just say what they think other people want to hear, and not risk a disagreement.

It would probably be very polite, but nobody would be asking the hard questions for fear of a downvote and loss of money.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com


"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

hey, but...but...but..

we're a principled bunch, no? lol.o)

but wouldn't it be cool to really put it to the test? literally putting our BitCoins where our mouth is?

how cool would that be?

just mulling.... ;o)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Ya, it would definetly be interesting.

I find myself conducting social experiments on here all the time.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com


"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Of course there are trolls brother!!!

ESPECIALLY ON THE DAILY PAUL. you better believe there's an army of goons dedicated to sabotaging any message of liberty.

Keep up the good fight!!!

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

A good example of this is...

Any Post attempting to educate people on Bit Coins.

Just post Bit Coins on the search, on the Top Right, and see for your self.

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

Soooo that's why

I still have no idea what a Bit Coin is eh? Stupid CIA trolls... SMH

"We didn't start the fire. No, we didn't light it - but we tried to fight it."

Perhaps it is users who wish

Perhaps it is users who wish to express their first amendment right.

Made me smile!

Freedom of speech, but no we don't have to agree and can say so!

Funny you should ask

I just posted this: http://www.dailypaul.com/277991/people-ask-me-how-can-younot... and it has been down-voted. I was kinda sad already before posting it. But that's OK, It may have been offensive to someone. I just figure people can vote however they would like. The title is a quote from my brother-in-law. So either they didn't like his words, didn't like the article, didn't like me talking about God, or maybe they just don't like me. Who knows, they didn't say :)

I down vote anything I feel

I down vote anything I feel isn't productive to the liberty movement discussion. Are you referring to that creationism thread? It wasn't trolls downvoting, its other members of the community voicing their opinion on your opinion. That doesn't make them trolls.

not that thread...

I'm on the PLUS side there overall!
(although it was like watching a stock yesterday!); it shot up to +4 immediately, went to +8, then went back and forth between +12 and +9 all day...

Well there R different forum topics to pick from like "health"

and "weird stuff". I wonder if downvoting people just because their content seems unproductive is actually productive for the liberty movement? Or if perhaps, down-voting actually allienates people from Liberty? I like to think I have Friends OF Liberty and as well as Friends IN Liberty.

I don't know. Personally, I rarely downvote people. I think people mostly need encouragement. But that's me.

...

I will down vote anything I

I will down vote anything I feel is ridiculous and/or flat out incorrect/completely misguided that I don't want to see promoted further. I see any foolish beliefs or stories connected to the liberty movement setting it back and alienating people from even approaching it. When new people come here and its all really far out conspiracy theories, fringe religious beliefs, and pyramid schemes its not good for the movement.

OK

Sounds like you have a handle on it. I'm still learning.

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The problem must be everyone else.

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It always is

You must have made an enemy

I notice down votes on people's posts or comments when their comment is neutral or not controversial. Wear the badge with honor...
I upvoted this -1 topic.

Down voted!

Just kidding. ;-)

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.