I used to downvote fairly often on Reddit as a sign to disagree or to push down really disgusting bigoted comments. And to be honest, it became a habit to just downvote without replying. However, now that I’m on lemmy and not Reddit I’ve been actively trying to not instantly downvote things and instead move on or take the time to reply. Has anyone else been trying to do this?

  • @Serinus@lemmy.ml
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    1211 months ago

    You’re phrasing it in a way that is actively harmful. It’s like you’re trying to make downvotes worse than they are.

    They’re absolutely useful, but not for just opinions you don’t like.

    • @mrmanagerA
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      411 months ago

      I think we just have different experiences with downvotes. I see them being harmful, yes. Because they are used to disagree, not to flag incorrect content, in subreddits (communities) where opinions are discussed. In technical fact-based subreddits they may work fine, but in discussion-based ones, they are horrible and leads to one opinion at the top always.

      • @Serinus@lemmy.ml
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        111 months ago

        There’s a difference between acknowledging people use downvotes incorrectly and encouraging them to use downvotes incorrectly. The first one is a fine discussion. The second is harmful.

        You shouldn’t try to make things worse to prove your point.