Downvoting System

Posted Mar 06, 2013 at 10:57 pm in Threads > Opinions

I’m pretty fed up with some people on this site. I know that there are always going to be outright stupid users with every forum – regardless of topic, OS …etc – but it wasn’t until recently I really noticed how often this was happening:

I find an increasing amount of people downvoting on the mere basis that they don’t agree. Nothing to clarify their opposition or opinion. Sometimes it will be on subjective issues where it comes down to personal preference and you get downvoted for expressing your opinion? Wtf is that?

See the comments in this article for example:

http://androidandme.com/2013/03/news/lte-equipped-sony-xperia-zl-available-in-us-black-white-red/#comment-518613

The first commenter is on topic and raises a legitimate point – on-screen navigation buttons are not for everyone – but he gets downvoted quite badly. It was like -10 with no replies. He was a visitor as well; what does that say about the A&Me’s community? How is that really any better than iOS forums (I had a few iPods before) where if you break from line and disagree with an article, you get punished? I reply agreeing and then suggesting that:

“this site needs to have to measures in place to downvote:

1) Need to have an Android&Me account

2) Provide a response in addition to the downvote. Not just a subjective, “No, I like on-screen buttons more” but one that provides reason why the OP is wrong with his/her position.”

Of course because I disagreed with the established, “on-screen buttons are the fucking best”-position, I get downvoted? I don’t care about internet points but this is showing the decay of the quality of this community and ultimately the site.

Either implement the feature I suggested (or some variation) or remove the downvote system, which is good when used correctly (which we don’t). Or it cost like – say – 20 or 50 points to downvote.

End of my angered rant; thanks for reading if you made it. Everyone who agrees should voice their opinion here…if you don’t, also voice you opinion. I’m curious as to how this suggestion will make the site WORSE.

tldr: A&Me community is degrading as reflected by senseless downvotes being distributed freely without any justifications or replies.