Racism sexism bigotry should be rejected. a lot of people don't feel like writing back to this kind of thing but they'll down vote... with the down vote gone people don't get reminded they are being inappropriate. course the down vote did get abused and people saying reasonable things build get attacked arbitrarily, while anyone who cold benefit from it won't care. I guess i just would prefer people to speak out against bullshit more. Or , in many cases, at all lol
i voted i want it back,. but ultimately down vote issueless. and gives false sense of having taken action. an anonymous illusion i suppose.
The problem with downvoting is that mobs that don't like you for you will stalk you and downvote just to attack, and not based on the merits of what you post. Sockpuppets who astroturf their accounts to cyberstalk a chosen victim are especially emboldened by the ability to this, and it became a huge problem for me when one asshole on AmIRight decided he didn't like a song that I made.
He sockpuppeted as a dozen different users and began attacking all my submissions, significantly lowering my scores and ruining things for others who may have wished to enjoy my work. The admins would do nothing about this onslaught.
This was weeks after dealing with vandalism on my Wikia pages as well, of a similar nature. Bully mobs should be forced to identify themselves, not snipe from the bushes and take cheap shots. Downvoting gives troublemakers too much power.
I may be accustomed to some abuse, but there are kids on this site driven to suicide ideation by some of the abuse that gets heaped on them. Downvoting gives those who would love to spread that kind of malice on children an extra means of doing so.
And those who do intentionally drive kids to think that way, I'd like to trace their IP all the way to their street address and have the local sheriff knock on their door and start asking them questions. See how they like the heat!
It's a tough call, but I say keep downvoting gone. Too many abuse the privilege.
Aparentlly you are represented because they got rid of it. This site is becoming a platform where people can safely ask questions and receive the answers they were hoping for, from similarly minded people without challenge to precondeved notions, ignorance or naïveté. In trying to create a platform which is a 'positive place only' for those too timid to handle criticism, intellectual challenge or idiots, they are thinning the very usefulness and value this site potentially has. But in the end this is ALL about advertising and essentially the quality of experiance matters not, because the user matters not, to those who make money off of us. In the end we will end up with a fluffy site, where 13 year old girls can come get the answer they wanted (usually not the one she needed) and there will be no disagreements, negative feedback or the spreading and descussion of new ideas to offend her delicate sensibilities.
While it is true I have been a member on this site for a while, the up-voting, while nice and down voting doesn't really seem to affect me all that much. I suspect I will continue to stay a member regardless.
I'd like to have it back, but with the updates which were unleashed here yesterday, we have way too many cluterfucks to work out now than worrying about downvotes. Which means downvotes will probably get priority over fixing the mess they created with the question closing and private options on questions nonsense.