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Ask DN: Why not have a MOTD style downvote for stories?

over 3 years ago from , Design Student

On one hand I understand why DN might not want to implement a downvote, on the other hand I'm frustrated at the low quality articles that make it here.

Instead, I'm proposing to have a MOTD (Message of the Day) style voting for each story, namely that both upvotes and downvotes are shown. This will allow dislike of a story become more vocal while presumably avoiding downvoting abuse that DN seems to be worried about. Given the lack of people here that actually vote, the stories would still be ranked based on the upvotes rather than downvotes.

EDIT: This would also make it clear when a person is using a voting ring on a story.

7 comments

  • M. AppelmanM. Appelman, over 3 years ago

    I have "1 Reply" on a deleted thread, will that notification ever go away?

    3 points
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    Under the "be good" motto designer news is actually kinda had a tunnel visioned approach to anything. It weirdly adopted a "overly enthusiastic 1st world graphic designer" attitude and forcing everyone to give only upvotes - which ends up stupid content and idiotic contents which have no constructive material getting unnecessary attention (like "something is dead" articles)

    In short, designer news is a place where people keep jerking each other for a with passion. I know this is a harsh thing to say, after the quality getting shallower on DN I think I shouldn't keep my words to point the seriousness of the issue. For example, I think I have a right to down vote idiots who promotes that everyone sucks and should be fired except him

    So DN was a great place for circlejerking and it still is. And there's no way a downvote button coming as well because new designers are still at their teenage age. They're the current monetization wheel of DN.

    So...


    *if you don't know what is circlejerking, it's a slang word for echo chambering. Like meaningless positive feedbacks on dribbble and behance just saying "awesome!!". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber_(media) )

    2 points
    • Laurens Spangenberg, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

      I agree with your point that the problem with DN is twofold: low quality articles being upvoted and low quality articles being submitted. I've been critical before and did a similar research with the types of articles that come up here.

      DN promised to be a Hacker News clone, where Hacker News aimed to provide articles "that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity" (with a focus on Silicon Valley fair enough). However I'm starting to fail to see the same here. It's as if UI and web designers live in a huge bubble completely oblivious from the hundred year knowledge of the graphic and industrial designers. The only design movement and designer people seem to be familiar or inspired by appears to be the Bauhaus and Dieter Rams. This is quite disappointing for a site called Designer News, meaning all designers of every medium. Although I understand the focus on UI and web design, I still believe it can be more broad as being the youngest design field we have a lot to learn from those two large fields.

      I do disagree on two of your points. First, I don't see DN as much as a circlejerk. I've seen low quality articles get harshly criticized here. Second, I don't see problems with young designers in their teenage age as a problem. These are the next generation of designers that have much to learn, they should be welcomed. If they're doing something stupid then tell them that they are, otherwise it would just reinforce the site's status as a circlejerk in your words. In fact I'm just 18 and a first year art school student and joined DN just a year ago when I was 17. I have self-taught myself design however.

      1 point
      • Account deleted over 3 years ago

        "It's as if UI and web designers live in a huge bubble completely oblivious from the hundred year knowledge of the graphic and industrial designers. The only design movement and designer people seem to be familiar or inspired by appears to be the Bauhaus and Dieter Rams. This is quite disappointing for a site called Designer News, meaning all designers of every medium. "

        This +100 up votes and why I don't take this community seriously at all. People never upvote actual design work, branding or craft driven work. They just post Mediums tailored for product designers about what's the next trend to steal, ride then dub dead next month. Oh what tools do you use? Should designers code? Etc...Nothing about actual design theory and what the other design disciplines are doing. Super boring.

        1 point