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.
Heh you listen here, some of these people devote 18 hours a day organizing social cliques and bending to their will to maintain there groups happiness. They deserve to be able to gas light unsuspecting people with their down voting collaboration because someone has a different opinion than them. It doesn't matter if they are completely wrong, they have numbers and they should be able to show it and bully people every chance they get... lol
you may not use the downvote button, but you've definitely been a fan of blocking people you disagree with, even if you''ve never even talked to before. So i don't consider you to be much different than the downvoters you're chastising here
First off if you think gag should be responses not votes then why shouldn't we get rid of the upvote. I get opinions should be discussed but the level of debate on GAG isn't the best. Also you can still downvote and respond. The thing is most people who disagree don't actually respond at least with the downvote you can see how many people didn't like it which I appreciated, I liked seeing how many people got salty. Wouldn't you say that with the downvote you also see who dislikes your opinion just like the opposite of the upvote. I wanna use the downvote and respond because sometimes I see people with a fair few upvotes and what I think is a really idea so I want to downvote and respond but I can't.
If what your saying is all true well downvotes aren't around now and haven't been around for 5 months now and people still block others, trolls still exists, you can still troll by going anonymous, and most importantly getting rid of downvotes hasn't made people have more discussions on here.
I'm new here, and this is not my website, but it is just unbalanced to be able to like something but not dislike something. Why should comments be necessary to explain a position for a dislike when they are not necessary to explain a like? Do you or does anyone else honestly think like buttons are not being abused? Even as we speak, some are using likes to lift themselves to incredible heights! I'd imagine dislike comments would be terrible compared to dislike buttons! Have anyone ever seen how a simple comment can burn down a whole forum? Yes, dislikes could be used to tear others and their opinions apart, but so to can the game be played by lifting certain people up to so high that those without likes might as well be torn apart. Not everything has to make sense or make sense to me, but those are my thoughts on the matter.
Well, because if some random person just happened to write something that is completely unrelated to it's question, really badly written and or insulting I should have the choice to rate this question as bad.
To me it's butthurt to not want the downvote, and the fact some people are that sensitive to being downvoted is pathetic. So someone didn't like your opinion, so what? It simplified disagreeing the same way up voting simplifies agreeing. You don't always have to explain why you agree with someone, the same way you are not obligated to explain why you disagree. I downvoted shitty advice or replies, that downvote is self explanatory. If I felt like elaborating on that downvote, I did.