Update on the new score/voting system
Our main hope was that it would be a good addition to help identify better deals by not having all lower quality deals rank the same (0 thanks). In this regard we feel the system is doing a good job. We felt that extending down voting to threads in other forums and also replies could also be beneficial.
We knew that there were concerns about people abusing the system and because of that we had built features in to help monitor and stop abusive down voting. While there have only been a small handful of users doing that, we have seen from your feedback that there are other potential issues and concerns. We’re listening to all of it and definitely want to take a deeper look into it.
We're considering a number of options to improve the experience of down voting, which may include removing it for replies, removing the anonymity and removing it as part of your overall score. Wiping all current down votes from user profiles would likely accompany any change so that everyone would be starting from scratch. We’re also open to any other suggestions that you might have so please share your ideas with us. If you'd rather submit them privately you can PM me or use our contact us page.
We'll weigh our options in the coming weeks, and will work with the community to find the best solution possible.