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  • SevenTales

    Well first of all, for the downvote system, I had an idea yesterday, which I will repost here : The upvote system already servers the purpose of weeding out the best content and sending it to the top. A downvote currently acts much the same way, but with added force, which really isn't all that useful.
    Why not make the downvote give a reason for the downvote, which could be transparent to the owner of the comment.
    This comment has 5 downvotes:
    3x Harassing
    1x non-constructive (does not contribute)
    1x Bad Language

    Reasons I see would be a downvote:
    Harassment (covers hate speech and racism and others), Does not contribute to the discussion, Violent language, spam, Troll, Over self-promoting, Does not belong to the tribe.
    The downvote system should work like a soft report system, instead of a disagree button. And since there is no disagree choice in there, you limit the times the system will be abused.

    As for communication, I really like the transparency displayed by the admins here. The more involved admins will be in actually explaining things to their community, the less the risk of a backlash in case of a misunderstood move, but much more than that, I really like to see involved admins. It makes it seem much more important and personal, to me.

    • exegesispieces

      I was under the impression that a system very similar to what you are describing was already in place. When you down vote you are asked for a reason why you down voted that is displayed to the poster so they knew why they were being down voted.

      I thought I read that somewhere. I could be mistaken though.

      • SevenTales

        I test downvoted you, and the upvoted you after to balance, but the only thing that happens is your get -1, and nothing popped up.

        • Cobbydaler

          As mentioned above categorization of downvotes only applies to snaps, not text posts or comments.

          • SevenTales

            Yeah, I saw it just after replying. Thanks for the update!