I don't like the stupid heart thing, Thumbs up/Thumbs down is best. I think this will just lead to many more insults, people posting stuff like "you went full retard", "fuck off", etc... which will mean more blocks and more frustrated people in general who just get sick of the site.
The last thing this site needs to turn into is an SJW's "safe space room" where everything is sanitized so only 1 opinion is the "right" opinion.
They should make data-driven marketing decisions and consult with experts who can interpret them, not rely on the opinions of "omg testers".
Obviously they don't value flaky opinions to sway their decisions, just validate them. Basic market research would indicate that consumers love the ability to police free conversations themselves through yes/no voting, so taking it away literally adds nothing to the website.
Not only that, they miss another data point that could serve well in future studies.
Liking questions is fun. I can see the the desire to have a positive atmosphere, removing downvotes is one way to accomplish that. It's certainly why Facebook operates as such. However Facebook is much much different, they have a plethora of users across the globe, there's one site and its international, Facebook is more than just status updates. That model works well in the context of Facebook.
But a site that focuses on opinions, the option to upvote and downvote added to a unique experience.
It seems like I can no longer just downvote and walk away... I have to be a ass now. The downvote thing helped me to understand how much the opinion is considered wrong by both genders. There were questions where 13 upvotes from girls and 23 downvotes from guys on the same opinion were seen. But now it will be no more seen. Additionally we use to play up or downvotes games often. BRING BACK OUR DOWNVOTES.
I SERIOUSLY cannot with this. The heart is too much. GaG is not a magical girl. It's a sweaty kid in their parents' basement asking weird questions at *best*.
I also do NOT like the flag change. Wtf is the follow option STILL NOT HERE? Not being able to just quietly downvote things is going to cause problems too. I'm sure my secret male downvoter is sobbing into his body pillow as we speak.
Thanks so much for making my job harder and adding more ridiculous features *AGAIN* GaG.
I didn't know we couldn't downvote opinions anymore. I just refreshed the site and saw this and it's so different. I dunno, I don't think it looks very good and if you can't dislike opinions, then one of the most basic functions of the site has been removed.
It's not meant to be just like Facebook. The "like" feature just seemed to be more interactive and will allow users to like questions and myTakes. Extending the "like" feature to opinions made more sense to be consistent.
Thanks for your feedback though! We're paying attention to everyone's thoughts, opinions, and reactions :)
At this point I don't even care about the updates anymore. Though it would be nice if they hadn't taken away the option to downvote people. Just change the down arrow to an upside down heart. Would look like an ass.
It's an advice site, you need the negative with the positive. If you agree up vote, disagree downvote. It's helpful to sort out majority opinion. Sometimes I won't reply because what I want to say has been said, I'll up vote that person. If I see terrible advice I give a downvote. The asker then has a better view of an overall majority opinion, and can sort the best from the worst advice based on that.
Ironically, with you Posting but Not Boasting this Question, @teawrecks, I just Noticed These Changes. I have been on GAG for over 2 years and still counting, and I just go along with the punches with all the Changes they make in logging In... I never know what They will do Next. Good luck. xx
I think there should be a downvote in case you disagree without having to type a commen t that you are disagreeing with an opinion this will make life harder here. Upside to this less hard feelings between users. #BringBack👇