Opinions should be discussed, not voted.
By making an upvote and downvote button you are making the value of opinions dependent on some votes, that might have no reasoning behind them whatsoever. You are making it a fame and infamy contest. The most popular and unpopular opinion contest.
Downvote function was abused by politically correct people and will be abused when it is back.
At least with the upvote system you know people either agree with you, which makes commenting on your opinion unnecessary so it is just a way to show how they feel and that you're not alone, not something to really value or devalue your opinion, or they don't care at all. But if they disagree, they need to put some effort into the disagreement they want to express and write a comment and argue. They can't devalue your opinion just by a click. And you don't have these 2 numbers of judgement beneath opinions that people try to keep them even by trying to be more politically correct.
Arguing is the real way to oppose an opinion, not voting. If you don't have anything to say or argue, you can simply accept and piss off.
I never even used the function when it existed. I used the upvote. Maybe I used downvote 5 times in the 2 year I used this site, and only after I wrote a comment.
People that hide behind downvotes without saying anything, are butthurt little shits. And I can't imagine anyone like having downvotes back, more than some butthurt little shits, who can't empty their shitty feeling of disagreement while having no reasoning behind it. They don't want to think, and they want the ability to judge and devalue too.
If you don't care enough to argue, then why do you want the ability to downvote and devalue opinions based on nothing? Just don't care and piss off. If you care, then put some effort into it and write a comment.
I don't like downvotes because my opinion can be judged and devalued without any actual reason.
Why do you like downvotes?
Most Helpful Guy
If you want to bring the down votes back then show the users that downvoted7
Most Helpful Girl
it doesn't serve any other purpose other than to flame a war with one another... :P... But GAG is willing to listen to those who want it back.1