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?

  • @freamon@feddit.nl
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    14511 months ago

    For any weird, bigoted stuff, lots of downvotes and no replies is hopefully the message an OP needs to receive to get the hint that they should by plying their recruitment attempts elsewhere. Engaging them is probably the worst thing to do.

    I’ve had to remember that there’s automatic hiding though, and do that manually.

    • @TeryVeneno@lemmy.mlOP
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      3611 months ago

      Definitely agree with that, I very much so still downvote bigoted comments and posts though I think I’ve only encountered two comments like that so far. Lemmy mods and admins are doing a great job.

      • @hemmes@vlemmy.net
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        1311 months ago

        I switched instances just so I could be on one that had downvotes because I passionately believe downvotes give immediate power to of self moderation to the users. However, I’m very light on downvoting. I only downvotevote stuff like the OP was talking about or if something is technically incorrect and damaging to a thread. But again I’m very light on downvoting, as I was on Reddit before. I usually ignore something that I simply don’t agree with or think is too silly, etc.

        • @lemillionsocks@beehaw.org
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          I think the issue is that pushing this kind of self moderating also takes a lot of culpability out of the mods hands as well and helps encourage reddit’s typical “my free speech!” trolls. I like the idea of mods having rules that allow them to use discretion to take out the trash and in theory upvotes should still outshine the trash.

          That said I do see some things where it’s like this ads nothing to nothing and I do miss the ol’ downvote key to encourage it away. I also used to(well I tried anyway) use it as a means of breaking momentum of those stupid ass posts on reddit that would often fly to the top of a comment thread burying the actual discussion and content towards the bottom.

    • PopcornChickn
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      2711 months ago

      I was Reading a post earlier tonight where someone shared an anti Covid view point and dropped the whole big Pharma/government groupthink garbage.

      Every comment was telling them they would not be accepted here with those views.

      I checked a few hours later and the conspiracists comment was gone, but it did have the largest number of downvotes I’ve come across yet at 150ish.

      An echo chamber we need not be, but conspiracy garbage we need not at all.

      I just miss when conspiracies were fun and not essentially a threat to one’s livelihood.

      • @chunkystyles@sopuli.xyz
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        1111 months ago

        From everything I’ve seen, conspiracy theories were rarely harmless. They almost always were rooted in antisemitism.

  • GONADS125
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    7511 months ago

    I’ve never changed my voting habits. I downvote trolls, hate, spam, and irrelevant content. I never downvote out of disagreement, nor do I use the upvote as an agreement button. I will upvote people I disagree with/am debating with if I believe they are promoting relevant discussion. That is how voting is intended to be used.

    • @Pyr_Pressure@lemmy.ca
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      2811 months ago

      I don’t downvote if I disagree but I can’t help but upvotes in agreement. Positive reinforcement is my thing.

    • @MurrayL@lemmy.world
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      611 months ago

      They should make it so that replying to a comment automatically disables your ability to downvote it.

      Would simultaneously prevent people trading downvotes while they argue back and forth, and encourage people to simply ignore trolls and move on without replying.

      • @DoomAxe@lemmy.world
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        1511 months ago

        If a post contains incorrect information that could be dangerous, you should be able to reply to it and also downvote it so that the incorrect information becomes less visible. For example, if someone said you should pinch your nose and lean your head back when you get a nosebleed. You should be able to correct them and still downvote to make the incorrect information less visible.

        • fuck reddit
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          111 months ago

          Wouldn’t the correction be sufficient? Other users could read it and decide to downvote

      • fuck reddit
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        111 months ago

        I like this idea. Make the karma irrelevant so we don’t get those awful bots or the tit-for-tat arguments

    • @metallic_z3r0@infosec.pub
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      511 months ago

      Same for me, my only difficulty is discerning whether the commenter is promoting relevant discussion or doing some variant of gishgallop or sealioning.

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          I had to look it up. Basically bad faith actors.

          Gish gallop: “This Gish gallop is a rhetorical technique in which a person in a debate attempts to overwhelm their opponent by providing an excessive number of arguments with no regard for the accuracy or strength of those arguments” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gish_gallop

          Sealioning: “Sealioning’ is a form of trolling meant to exhaust the other debate participant with no intention of real discourse.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealioning

    • @MarcellusDrum@lemmy.ml
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      511 months ago

      Same. For me, upvote = adding something to the conversation. That’s why I upvote most comments I come across, and rarely downvote people.

  • @empireOfLove@lemmy.one
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    5611 months ago

    Why do you think I joined the instance I did?

    Downvoting is useful for pushing irrelevant/spam comments down but it is definitely overused.

    • @SigloPseudoMundo@lemmy.ml
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      2011 months ago

      Yup, I saw vote manipulation way too much on Reddit. 3-5 down votes on a dissenting opinion right after it’s posted usually tanks even the most well reasoned comment. Accounts like Unidan fly under the radar for so long.

    • @mrmanagerA
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      It’s not used for pushing irrelevant or spammy content. It’s used to show you don’t agree and push that content away from sight. At least be honest about that if you support using downvotes.

      People act like they are making the thread better in some way by cleaning trash. But that’s not what happens. You are just making sure opinions you don’t agree with are at the bottom of the thread. Nothing noble about that. Feels good, sure.

      • @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.

        • @mrmanagerA
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          I have them disabled also on my instance. Beehaw showed the way here and it makes sense to me to not use them. People just want to punish opinions they don’t agree with. The button should be called Punish. :)

    • Draconic NEO
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      1111 months ago

      Yeah it wasn’t made for disagreement, it was meant for a crowd control form of moderation. That’s why they had the karma index and allow for subreddits to impose karma restrictions. (I guess there could be an argument about it being a form of social credit system if it were, which let’s be honest it became that anyway, whether or not it was intended to be that way from the beginning)

    • Andreas
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      411 months ago

      “Discussions became binary”. And yet you subscribe to the binary of “hateful vs. non-hateful opinion” as if it’s clearly identifiable.

      • @makanimike@feddit.de
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        311 months ago

        well, I am fairly sure that, legally speaking, there is a requirement for organizations to identify that by many jurisdictions.
        Regardless, there is a difference in that I am not interested in being the judge. I don’t downvote at all.

        But you can have that gotcha. one point for you!

        • Andreas
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          211 months ago

          Hate speech laws in real life are also very ambiguous and rarely stand alone in court without another more easily proven charge.

          Upvote to you too anyway, although I’m still guilty of using downvote as a disagree button.

  • Ben
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    3911 months ago

    up/down voting is simply a way to help comments you think are good, or agree with, become more/less dominant in the thread.

    In some cases, comments are useful to explain why - but often that’s just not the case.

  • Altima NEO
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    3811 months ago

    If youre really into that, you should have signed up at Beehaw. They have downvotes disabled.

    Personally, Imma keep doing it. Not because Im petty. But if I really disagree with something, I feel like it helps me avoid replying with something stupid or hurtful.

    • @somedude@lemmy.ninja
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      1611 months ago

      Downvotes really shouldn’t be for comments or submissions that you disagree with, but for anything that does not add to the conversation. Reddit started off with this guideline too, but at some point votes turned into agree/disagree.

      • @mean_bean279@lemmy.world
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        1711 months ago

        People always said the same thing on Reddit too, but there’s a lot of stuff that “adds to a conversation” that needs to be downvoted. Just because something “adds to a conversation” doesn’t mean that the people shouldn’t express that it’s an awful comment or viewpoint by downvoting.

        For instance, on a history article about Nazis someone could say “well some were bad, but not all were. Plus the good they did around the world was actually a lot better than people give them credit for like introducing a universal basic income or providing their citizens with jobs and healthcare for all.”

        Like… it’s a viewpoint… but by not downvoting that viewpoint you’re basically allowing someone to say Nazis aren’t bad. Which to me is why the downvote button is there in the first place. Good, well thought out comments that add to a conversation should be upvoted, but awful comments should be downvoted too. People just need to be more well intentioned about when they’re downvoting a viewpoint they disagree with.

        • @Serinus@lemmy.ml
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          311 months ago

          If that example had a little more substance and better context it would be valid. It’s important to recognize that most Nazis weren’t cartoonishly evil. Some may have even been mostly good people who supported the worst possible politics.

          Acknowledging that makes it easier to spot similarities today.

          • @mean_bean279@lemmy.world
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            611 months ago

            Hey look, a perfect example!

            Some may have even been mostly good people who supported the worst possible politics.

            If your “support” of the worst possible politics is “only one race is the true master race and the rest don’t deserve to live along side us” then no amount of helping others, doing community service and being “mostly good” makes you a mostly good person. It’s makes you a shit person with a horrendous and incompatible viewpoint of the world. That deserves a downvote. It deserves it because the comment adds something to the conversation, but not the way that it is something we all should support.

            • @Serinus@lemmy.ml
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              111 months ago

              Yeah. I think you missed the important bits that allow you to recognize the same behavior in an increasingly fascist world. And to consider what you can and should practically do about it now. Instead you’ll wait for an arch-villain looking guy twirling his mustache that’ll never show up.

              It IS the perfect example. At least we agree on that.

        • @somedude@lemmy.ninja
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          211 months ago

          I agree. I’d say that expressing a viewpoint that derails the conversation and people already know is wrong definitely does not add to the conversation, and should be downvoted.

    • @TeryVeneno@lemmy.mlOP
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      711 months ago

      I actually did lol, that was supposed to be my main but since they defederated from lemmy.world I’ve been using this account more. I may switch back once they refederate but for now this is my main.

  • keeslinp
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    I dislike using downvote as a disagree button. Makes me feel like I’m discouraging people from sharing an opinion that’s different than mine. Even if they are wrong (in good faith) I think I’d rather they feel it is a safe place to be wrong and just own the mistake with an edit or a reply. I know it makes me feel bad (I know I should have thicker skin) when I’m downvoted for having an opinion so I don’t want to make others feel that way.

    • @TugOfWarCrimes@sh.itjust.works
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      1111 months ago

      I agree about not using it just to disagree with an opinion, but I do think the ability to downvote is very important. It just needs to be clear that it’s supposed to be used to reduce the impact of stuff this is either harmful or just distracts from the conversation.

      If I’m in a thread talking about what the best flavor of milkshake is, I will absolutely upvote someone claiming that chocolate is the best even though they are “objectively” wrong. They are however engaging with the conversation. On the other hand, someone who comes in saying that they hate milkshakes and prefer lemonade, while they’re not exactly wrong in having that opinion, it would be worthy of a downvote because they’re in the wrong place for that comment.

      And then there’s the bots/people that if they lost the ability to ever talk again, the world would be a better place. Never feel sorry for downvoting them.

    • @VediusPollio@lemmy.world
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      211 months ago

      You have a point. I did find myself downvoting much of what I disagreed with on Reddit. I wouldn’t mind seeing everyone break that habit here. Maybe that should be stickied in some official welcome to Lemmy etiquette post.

  • AFF
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    I think downvotes should be removed completely. They are useless, if a content is harmful or off topic you can just report it. With massive numbers of bots coming to Lemmy I think downvote brigades will be even more frequent. Why do we need to give a score to everything? Let’s just enjoy good content and try to answer to bad one

  • @MarcellusDrum@lemmy.ml
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    1411 months ago

    HackerNews has an interesting approach: You can’t downvote comments unless you reach a certain amount of “Karma”, and you can’t downvote posts at all, you can “flag” them, meaning you think they don’t belong here. Flagging doesn’t affect the vote count, but massive flagging does make the post appear lower in the feed, and alerts mods.

    This, alongside the tight moderation and zero-tolerance towards flame wars in the comments makes HackerNews one of the best places on the internet imho.

    • @infotainment@lemmy.world
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      Completely agree on all points.

      An additional one I’d argue is a huge part of HN’s success is their employment of a full-time moderator, dang, who does a great job.

  • @Yuki@kutsuya.dev
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    1411 months ago

    I don’t understand this mentality to begin with? Downvoting without context is like cursing at a random person in public and then drive away.

    • @bl4ckblooc@lemmy.world
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      That’s not really a great comparison. Downvoting is a way to say you disagree with someone without getting into an argument. And if I think of my personal experience, most of the posts/comments I would downvote on Reddit are about things that there is no point getting into an argument about.

      • @nogooduser@lemmy.world
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        Downvoting is a way to say you disagree with someone without getting into an argument.

        Is that what it’s supposed to mean though? I understood it to mean that the comment either didn’t contribute to the discussion or it was actually detrimental to it.

        I regularly used to upvote people that I replied to even if disagreed with them.

        Obviously, if they’re being dicks then that’s a downvote.

        • @Karlos_Cantana@sopuli.xyz
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          511 months ago

          Yes, that’s what it’s supposed to be for, but with the influx of Redditors that have their own definition of what it’s for, it’s being totally misused.

        • @bl4ckblooc@lemmy.world
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          I think 10 years ago that is what is did actually mean, and it’s what it’s supposed to mean. But in the last 4-5 years there has been a shift as Reddit got more popular and as they changed how upvotes and downvotes actually affect comments.

          With so many more people joining the site, the opinions got a lot more diverse and vehement. People hitting the downvote button got a lot more prevalent. This doesn’t mean that upvotes weren’t happening as well(I’ve seen posts that had one of the bottom comments rise all the way to the top after new information comes out or the video hits all).

          So, anyways I think you are right and that’s what it was supposed to mean, but it has changed meaning for the most part I think. And I think there has been a lot more assholes on the other site anyways, so it was definitely being used on/by them.

      • @doctorcherry@lemmy.ml
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        Votes being public has made it possible to learn a bit about how people interact with posts. I’ve always used the downvote sparingly and I think that is how most people operate, downvoting only what doesn’t contribute to discussion and upvoting what I agree with. But it seems a minority downvote very frequently. There are some accounts that downvote the vast majority of posts in certain communities. Sometimes these accounts have zero posts and comments. Which is pretty odd - disagreeing with so much while never sharing your opinion.

        • Andreas
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          211 months ago

          I didn’t bother to check who it is because I’m not petty enough, but there’s a guy on my instance who downvotes everything. I think some people are using downvotes to “hide read posts” as voting counts as reading a post.

      • @LogarithmicCamel@feddit.uk
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        111 months ago

        I think it’s a great comparison. You can punish someone without providing a reason, and so the poster just thinks other people are arseholes. You did it just because you can. You might think there’s no point arguing back, but the person who wrote the comment obviously thought it was a good point.

    • @TeryVeneno@lemmy.mlOP
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      It’s not a really a mentality per se, it’s just a lot less mental effort to downvote and move on. Especially when you consider all the downvote bots and the fact that downvotes were not public. Downvoting in general was really devalued and people used it to just remove content from their face as opposed to engaging with it. Lemmy feels different in that regard.

  • @laylawashere44@lemmy.blahaj.zone
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    Honestly, for a while on Reddit, downvote was the only action other than posting comments that I engaged with on Reddit, mostly because I never felt strongly enough to upvote or block or save. And then I went in and seriously prunes Subreddits and basically cut all the Subreddits that I would ever downvote in and the ones that were negativity based like all the Subreddits dedicated to showcasing trashy, racist or otherwise shitty people. Also, any subs generally based in being down on something, even if it was something that everyone should be down on. Also nixed subs like latestagecapitalism because while I broadly agreed with the sentiment, they very vitriolic about everything. Reddit really improved for me since then. Highly recommended, I then spent a lot more time upvoting and commenting. Obviously don’t have that problem on Lemmy.

    • @mrmanagerA
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      I bet that 99% of comments that are downvoted are not breaking any rules at all, and a mod would do nothing.

      I don’t know why people keep thinking downvoting is helping the mods… It really isn’t about anything other than pushing down opinions you don’t agree with. That’s how downvoting is used, upvoting is the opposite of that.

        • @mrmanagerA
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          Yep also a valid usecase. I agree it’s useful for technical discussions but at the same time, it’s harmful for opinion based discussions.

          • @Serinus@lemmy.ml
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            111 months ago

            Which is why you shouldn’t downvote everything you disagree with. That’s not what it’s for, and we should actively discourage people from using it incorrectly. As Sisyphean of a task as that is, it still matters.

            • @mrmanagerA
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              You cannot change how people use them, no matter how much you want them to use it correctly.