I am not happy about it. People say that it was causing negativity but I think it was the other way around. The negative and unnecessarily rude answers and opinions were often the ones that were downvoted.
I like that they removed it; too many people use this place as a dumping ground for senseless negativity instead of actually being sensible enough to constructively critique other people's work or questions. Too many people shit on each other aimlessly, so I think it's epic that they got rid of it.
Right it's not fun anymore. You see there's a pansy heart it's all love here or some nonsense. How am I supposed to tell someone they're stupid without actually arguing it? lol. Then again I'm sure it was affecting people some sort of way and over-abused like I'm sure some people would just like down-vote my answer just bc they probably don't like me or just to be funny, trollin what have you.
It doesn't bother me. It could have been used for nefarious purposes (to make someone's comment look horrid or because one didn't care about the person). I would know because I've done that and would have continued to do it.
Besides this, someone could simply state that they don't agree with the comment and a healthy debate (or demeaning argument) could ensue. The loss provides positive encouragement and erases the irrational assumption that someone is "wrong" because they have more down-votes than positive.