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Text Post: Change Up- & Downvoting? posted by genuineparts
  • jmcs

    I don't believe this can be fixed by a simple name change, this will only be fixed if there is something visibly different in the downvoting process, like making writing a reason for the downvote mandatory.

    • genuineparts

      That is completely true, but I think that having polar opposite terms for two things that should follow a different ruleset is not helping.

      • FurtWigglepants

        In league of legends if you report someone it asks for a reason labeled in a drop down menu. Maybe clicking on the button and then one of say 5,6 reasons that drop down?

        • Teska (edited 3 years ago)

          I was just thinking about this because I got a downvote twice - both with no reasons given - and content was not incorrect nor offensive - so no idea why. But perhaps making giving a reason mandatory would cut down on people arbitrarily downvoting. I'd only skimmed /u/jmcs comment and hadn't seen the end. I agree with them.

    • imnotgoats (edited 3 years ago)

      I really like the mandatory reason idea. I noticed /u/drunkenninja mentioned that this had already been considered (and they were still open to it if there was demand) in another thread. It would add a welcome inconvenience to downvoting, which would only really annoy potential abusers. I think that those who are using the site in the way that is intended would generally be happy to add their reason.

      If that was the way Snapzu decided to go, I would think having a drop-down list of the main reasons would be enough (perhaps with 'other - specify' the only one that has a free text entry). That would at least stop casual users misinterpreting the downvote's purpose (as they essentially have to read a list of appropriate downvote reasons every time).