Why People Should Not Be Able To DownVote Without Commenting To Explain ItSubmitted by vinceableworld on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:24
GREAT comment from KongVault: I don't understand the whole point of a downvote option at all. It's horrible for morale, just gets everyone pissed off, hating each other, doesn't do a damn thing to help the site. I can't think of a more divisive tool on a forum.
V: I agree! I would also add that if you see a post with zero votes on it you are more likely to up-vote it then if you see it with -58 votes.
Let's face it. The vote count on these posts does have at the very least a subliminal effect on how people percieve your information. If people can "drive-by downvote" they can affect that perception without having to explain why they downvoted.
If people have to comment first before downvoting (and the downvote is shown in their comment) then the other people viewing the thread can decide if they actually had a legit reason for poo-pooing the information or if it was just some kind of personal vendetta.
Maybe they are just a "govt" plant, I don't know. The point is I think a lot of these posts that contain some PRO-ACTIVE information (not just from me) are being downvoted by some folks possibly because there is an agenda to keep this community chasing their tails.
With full disclosure of their vote that's less likely to happen. Think of it this way. Those of us with DP accounts are like the "state reps" and the people who read the site but don't have an account are like "the people." Shouldn't our votes be a matter of public view since we are de-facto representing the people who frequently read the DP?
Are there any objections?