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Deal Addict
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Apr 5, 2016
1522 posts
50 upvotes
Becks wrote:
Feb 8th, 2017 1:09 pm
I frequently get downvotes. I am not a troll. I just find the downvoting system encourages negative feeling.
:(
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May 10, 2005
25905 posts
2874 upvotes
Ottawa
I seem to have stalkers. I get nothing for quite a while then a whole bunch of downvotes in a day on different posts and some posts are weeks old.
I now play the game too.
"If you didn't see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, don't invent it and share it" Anonymous
Jr. Member
May 31, 2016
174 posts
202 upvotes
A good example of how useless this system is, and how messed up some people posting here are: People are down voting a hot deals thread about a discount screening of Lego Batman for families with autistic members.
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Evendesiredusernameistaken wrote:
Feb 21st, 2017 3:23 pm
A good example of how useless this system is, and how messed up some people posting here are: People are down voting a hot deals thread about a discount screening of Lego Batman for families with autistic members.
Well, it certainly looks like it is here to stay. RFD made some promises and failed to keep them or even provide feedback. Clearly they are OK with it.
RFD will just become a place for the vindictive to flourish. Ohhhh, I don't agree with you so, DownVote to you.
Let the abuse continue.
"If you didn't see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, don't invent it and share it" Anonymous
Deal Fanatic
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Mar 14, 2009
8702 posts
2791 upvotes
I have a couple of ideas for the downvote system in particular:

1. Only allow members to downvote once they have a minimum of 1,000 posts on RFD. I suspect some people are setting up shell accounts so that they can pile downvotes on to people they don't like. I highly suspect that there are a lot of people on RFD who never post anything and only downvote.

2. Ban members or give them a long vacation if their downvote count exceeds a certain ratio in relation to their upvote count. Perhaps make it 50/50. This is a hot deal forum, and by and large people should be "thanking" people for sharing deals, not downvoting others into oblivion.

3. Have a "report downvote" option in the "report post" feature. That would then allow the mods to use their discretion to determine whether or not someone is abusing the downvote feature.
Deal Addict
Sep 29, 2004
3402 posts
198 upvotes
What does it matters anyways if you get upvotes or downvotes? Nothing happens to your account. It's just a status. You can't even see how many downvotes a person receives.
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Mar 14, 2009
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Mr. Robo wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 6:11 pm
What does it matters anyways if you get upvotes or downvotes? Nothing happens to your account. It's just a status. You can't even see how many downvotes a person receives.
Because people are abusing the feature and it influences what other people think and do. It can damage the receiver's credibility, often with no merit and no recourse.
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Aug 16, 2010
3293 posts
288 upvotes
Aurora
Mr. Robo wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 6:11 pm
What does it matters anyways if you get upvotes or downvotes? Nothing happens to your account. It's just a status. You can't even see how many downvotes a person receives.
Mr. Robo, I'm not sure I understand. As of Feb 26 evening, I see that you have:
198 Upvotes
22 Downvotes
211 Upvotes Given
50 Downvotes Given

That allows me to form an impression about you. Upvote/downvote received - You're a pretty helpful guy who doesn't tend to troll or push agendas, but also opinionated. Upvotes/downvotes given - you're quite generous with your thanks but also pretty quick to dish out downvotes and judging from that ratio, some may not be deserved. My impression of you is favourable, overall. Now, I may be more encouraged to quote you, participate in your threads, and engage you in a positive fashion.
I don't mean to single you out - feel free to check my stats. But maybe you care or don't care that people can jump to conclusions about you but the numbers are there for people to see.
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