The reason why I downvote people is because I disagree with them. Often it is a strong disagree. If it's a minor disagreement, I tend to just move on and not care.
Why don't I comment something to explain why I downvoted and/or disagreed with them? It can be a big pain the butt when you have a person get all worked up and bring anything you say as a personal attack on them. Some people get way too triggered from disagreement and aren't looking for a discussion. Those are the kind of people who will rage PM you to say "why'd you downvote me?" It's not fun to deal with those people... Even more so if they're the kind to hold silly grudges.
Likewise, writing a comment and getting in a debate can be tiring. If I left a comment on the thread already, there's no point in me arguing my own stance when I already did it somewhere else. I'll downvote the person I disagreed with, write my own opinion, and save the trouble.
--- I've been downvoted excessively before too, but I really figure there's no point to feeling bad about it. I mean, it's just a number, and people downvote for the silliest of reasons. Like I suspect people going on this thread won't read this far and will instead downvote my post anyway haha. Who knows, maybe you have some haters that love to downvote you? In any case, I wouldn't worry about it.
Mostly I don't use the down vote button because it's not required actually. Downvote buttons are mostly used if someone disagrees with your opinion but doesn't want to comment on it or explain it. Hence it's a non-verbal way of expressing their disagreement.
I don't know that I've ever down voted. Up voted, yes, but down voted I don't think so. I also don't recall ever getting a lot of down votes, which is odd now that I think about it. I've never been one to be scared of offending others and I do express some controversial views. Maybe I get the down votes and just don't notice. I suppose that's possible. I think I'm going to go back through my answers and check.
People might have a differnt opinion instead. Opinions are only opinions. When you put out sound good judgement , those might not believe in good sound judgement . When you put out facts instead , those who down vote , then you know that just reinforces your correct facts.
I feel the same way. Just a few days ago, I was downvoted for saying something like great my take. Probably some low life cave dweller who is getting bored waiting for his mom to hurry up with those brownies.
I dont downvote people like ever. truly i can't be bothered why down vote someone with a differing opinion? Only narrow minded and weak people do that. I generally get aleast one pink downvote i know who that is too. Which is funny.
i usually only downvote if i find someones comment like literally offensive or rude or something... even if i disagree i wouldn't downvote them, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. just bothers me when theyre ignorant or rude