Ask DN: Why do you downvote the message of the day?

almost 6 years ago from Jonathan Shariat, Designer @ Google | Author @ O'Reilly | Podcaster @ DesignReview

  • Will BakerWill Baker, almost 6 years ago

    I downvote something because I dislike it. I downvoted the Ogilvy quote because I dislike it.

    That I don't think it's great is no less valid than that you think it is. Some people probably love the MOTDs that you think suck. The up/downvote system is intended to be an anonymous democratic vetting of content.

    Negative opinions shouldn't require any more justification than positive ones—they're equally important.

    People who voted for Obama downvoted Romney.

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    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 6 years ago

      But its not just 2 voting options, there are actually 3.

      • Upvote

      • No vote

      • Down vote

      If I don't agree but I can see how its on topic and others might find it good. I leave as is.

      But when something is negatively influencing the community, or I disagree and think its wrong. I downvote.

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      • Will BakerWill Baker, almost 6 years ago

        That's a good point, and I suppose I do the same. I guess it just comes down to what sets us off individually; what we abide versus what we find destructive.

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