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Do you feel like downvotes are being overused on here?

I've been seeing a lot of downvotes lately on harmless posts and comments, and I don't really get it. Someone must think that it's funny, I guess 馃.
Miram26-30, F
Yes, they are. I think people should reserve them for obnoxious hateful and discriminatory threads.

Downvoting harmless things eventually discourage real contributions.

I for one decided this place isn't worth being open about my feelings and passions. It's best treated as shallow as it seems to have become.
Miram26-30, F

I deleted most of my actual content a month ago. Now temporary threads of little to no substance that also get purged every week. I think there is too much unbalance when showing/being yourself in a community which isn't healthy and unwilling to meet you half way.

The downvote and the like buttons are both shortcuts. They move the focus from real understandings and discussions to fast reactions and then scrolling away.

The reason I deleted though isn't the downvote. It's harassment. There are at least five members, regular, here that have used my transparency against me.

One who took an incomplete screenshot to play the victim.

And the rest offended by my stance against child abuse content lurking in to find whatever in order to justify their hatred and resentment. Which have lasted for years by the way.

Social media in general doesn't deserve such energy from anyone. I have reported them and they got warnings, many times. Even got temporary suspended. Came back with the same behaviors.

Don't think the hostility is worth it. One has to be picky about being themselves if themselves attract so much whether negative or positive. I like peace and I am very protective of that. Especially as a woman who has lot of flaws that need working on. I can't be better person if others keep on burdening me with their own inadequacies and resentment.

This is not my website. I can't decide for the admins who and what should be allowed. But part of deciding how that affects me entails not exposing my vulnerable parts to those wishing to inflict harm.
MrFatNasty0126-30, M
[@542305,Miram] [quote] Don't think the hostility is worth it. One has to be picky about being themselves if themselves attract so much whether negative or positive. I like peace and I am very protective of that. Especially as a woman who has lot of flaws that need working on. I can't be better person if others keep on burdening me with their own inadequacies and resentment. [/quote]

Very powerful paragraph. I get it. I want to say, if you're being targeted by people for standing against wrong things then you're annoying the right people, and them targeting you is proof that what you say is true. I do however get that you'd rather just have your peace. You be well. I certainly hope you'll still be sharing pics from Algeria.
Iamonfire66636-40, F
[@542305,Miram] that鈥檚 terrible. I am sorry you have been treated this way.
And of course, to illustrate the point, someone had to downvote [b]this[/b] post. I really wish they鈥檇 get rid of it. At least three really cool people have left this site, and I鈥檇 bet it鈥檚 a factor. 馃槥
latinladybug41-45, F
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] Yeah, adding a downvote option was a really good idea...NOT.
[b]Yes[/b], I do. And I knew they would be, just like they were when EP briefly had a 鈥渄ownvote鈥 option. People downvote the posts of members whom they [b]dislike personally[/b], regardless of the topic of their posts. Since they can do it anonymously, they have little to lose.
DDonde31-35, M
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] Reddit's the same way with them. You're not supposed to downvote people you disagree with but that's what ends up happening anyway.
latinladybug41-45, F
[@373024,DDonde] Reddit is ridiculous when it comes to downvoting.
Loretta7841-45, F
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] I have to agree with you - sadly. 馃槥
MrFatNasty0126-30, M
But why are we so bothered by a down vote honestly speaking? You go on YouTube to your favourite music there's downvote , funny kitty vids...downvote. Even funny baby saying the darndest things video, downvote. So why all the fuss?
latinladybug41-45, F
[@1235347,MrFatNasty01] Well enough downvotes can make your post hidden, from what I've read. And again, if it's a simple and harmless post, it would be a shame if no one can see it. I think enough downvotes on your posts can possibly send you to SW jail, although that might be a rumor.
MrFatNasty0126-30, M
[@876949,latinladybug] Fair enough but how many downvotes does one need for the post to get hidden or go to jail? I think its highly unlikely that will happen for ordinary harmless posts.
Synyster46-50, M
I think SW management should learn from another site that used downvotes in their platform, it caused havoc and anger with most members, enough that half the site left and never returned.

Get rid of that feature and make PMs available to friends only.
Dan8841131-35, M
It sucks, plain and simple. YouTube used to have downvotes in its early days and the people in charge eventually got rid of them. I hope the same happens here.
Yes, I've seen them on perfectly fine posts, on individual selfies, on all kinds of posts, comments that were totally inconsequential
Nanori26-30, F
Makes me think they're just a bunch of kids who don't understand the difference between disagreement and report worthy
[@934648,Nanori] 馃 tattle tells?
For some strange reason, mentioning the word down vote always gets the post or comments downvoted馃馃檮
TurtlePink22-25, F
[@1224465,AthenaArena] for real 馃檮
latinladybug41-45, F
And someone just downvoted my post...LOL!
It happens each time you question the downvote. No kidding.
adorbz22-25, F
I see it too. I expect it鈥檚 just one or two morons tbh
Lacemaker41-45, F
Some are just downright disrespectful but that says more about the cowardice and stupidity of the downposter.
I'd never use one anyway.
It's just another anonymous vehicle to hide behind on the internet. It doesn't work for me...
meggie31-35, F
I don't even know if I've has one yet. How do you tell?
meggie31-35, F
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] OK thanks for explaining. I will see if I have any.
latinladybug41-45, F
[@1119351,meggie] You'll see it where all the reaction emojis are, when people react to one of your comments or posts.
meggie31-35, F
[@876949,latinladybug] thanks I checked and have at least 3. Never downvoted anyone.
BreezeyBree56-60, F
Right from the start, but it seems the admins don't mind it at all and that is why they gifted us all with the feature.
Justmeraeagain51-55, F
Too many and supposedly you get a warning so WHY? We have the flagging option?
latinladybug41-45, F
[@1219236,Justmeraeagain] Yeah I read that. I hope it's just a rumor though because it's pretty stupid if it's real.
I just make sure I emoji anything I comment on because I don鈥檛 want them to think it鈥檚 me 馃槀
Sorry I was late with that one!! IVE HEARTED IT
Down-voting needs to go away. It's cowardly trolling most of the time.
TurtlePink22-25, F
They do think it鈥檚 funny because being anonymous makes them feel safe
It doesn't seem that excessive to me. I guess it doesn't bother me so much.
Lostpoet31-35, M
I only used one and that's because someone told me to on their post.
Iamonfire66636-40, F
I think it鈥檚 used too much.
Kindheartedguy46-50, M
There are downvotes?

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