[Site Behavior] The Downvote Button and You
As you've probably seen in a very recent thread by voyager, some people seem to not being using the downvote button for things that seem to not add to the discussion, but for things people disagree with. As well as this, I have seen multiple one word witty quips, and threads that, frankly, don't give much room for discussion or /t/asksnapzu. Although I don't have a proposed solution for the second issue.
However, I do have a proposal for the first. I'm sure that many users do want quality discussion, and that they do not think views that do not align with their own should be removed, but vitriolic, and harsh words should not be among them. I'm not saying that the use of swears and cusses should not be allowed. Because I fucking love those sometimes, but I don't think posts which attack users, or are designed to incite rage/malice should not be tolerated by the userbase. One of the most beautiful things about this site is how well people get along so far. So why allow users to be harsh, and quite frankly, rude. An important thing is being civil, and I quite frankly cannot find a post attacking an author based on one simply misuse of a word, then continuing to read too far into as civil.
So I believe, the downvote button should not only be for comments that do not contribute, but comments which go out of their way to attack people, or demographics. Because in a real discussion, no one is going to appreciate the man screaming accusations from across the hall.
Edit: Voyager has shown to be a pretty rad guy, and I think he wants to put this behind him, so for all future reference. Voyager is great c: