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Remove the '-1' vote option?

By CharlieSpencer ·
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Should the '-1' voting option be removed in the next site overhaul? Should '+1' be the only option?

I think the '-1' should be dropped. It's being overused by by people who systematically vote down anything they disagree with, no matter how well reasoned the poster presents his position. It doesn't require any response to indicate why the post was voted down, just that some unknown member didn't agree. It may be encouraging the creation of multiple accounts by a single user just for the purposes of repeatedly voting down a post.

It seemed like a good idea in early 2011, but it's time for it to join TR points and hosted blogs in the catalog of obsolete site features.

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How about tying it to comments

by OurITLady In reply to Remove the '-1' vote opti ...

If you -1 a post you have to leave a comment or the -1 doesn't register? That way even if they don't fill in the field you'd at least be able to see who voted and call them on it.

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I agree, I'd rather see comments

by Slayer_ In reply to How about tying it to com ...

You should have to comment to downvote.

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I could accept that compromise,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I agree, I'd rather see c ...

but you can already post an opposition comment without having to downvote.

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But the Down Vote is useful

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I could accept that compr ...

We can tag anything that we think of as Spam with a Down Vote.

Of course if it meant that I had to place a post every time I down voted Pally it would give him some idea of who is constantly placing those -1 Votes.

Personally I do it just to get under his skin and drive him nuts. :^0

No not really I have better things to do with my time and I must say that it's very easy to accidentally click on a Down Vote when the page is loading. I find that the page jumps up enough during the loading to move it from a +1 to a -1 quite often.


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How About

by dogknees In reply to But the Down Vote is usef ...

We list the people who are doing the voting next to the Votes. Then we could ignore down votes by clowns.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to But the Down Vote is usef ...

We already have the 'Flag' button for that. I've recently noticed that negative votes for spam remain added to the discussion total even after the spam is deleted. See the ever-popular 'Fix .PST' discussion; it has a total of 17 negative votes, greater than the number of votes visible in each post. Ah, synergy.

I have trouble with clicking before the page finishes loading, usually hitting the 'Start Discussion'. If I aim for the 'Last Modified' column title to resort before the page finishes, the topmost ad will push 'Start Discussion' under my cursor.

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by dogknees In reply to Spam

Flag doesn't show all those who down voted. The idea is that every down voter is automatically list next to the votes, regardless of whether they post.

Or am I missing something and there is already a way to find all who down voted and flag them?

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Not the Point

by dogknees In reply to I could accept that compr ...

You can also currently down vote without posting. It should be mandatory to post if you down vote, not mandatory to vote if you post.

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Yeah, axe the -1.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Remove the '-1' vote opti ...

It's so last century.
Also caters to the wrong attitude/people.

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We're listening...

by tcavadias Staff In reply to Remove the '-1' vote opti ...

We'd love to hear the opinions/suggestions of the downvoting :-)

Opinionate away ;-)

-Tammy [_]3

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