(1) The buttons are now much lighter in color so fewer people take notice of them on a regular basis.
(2) The buttons now look like they have the purpose of hiding and showing the replies to an Opinion, instead of looking like rating buttons. I made this mistake when the website was last updated and downvoted a moderator making the announcement. Oops.
(3) Sometimes you feel neutral about a comment and think the downvotes on it are undeserved so you upvote to bring the vote tally closer to neutrality, or you feel that way about upvotes and therefore downvote, but now you cannot know whether you would be justified in upvoting and downvoting this way.
There may be other reasons, but these seem like the most obvious ones. The web designer (s) here would do well to change the voting buttons to be thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons with much greater contrast than the current buttons.
No herd effect. If you see 13 likes on an answer, you're going to want to join the herd and do the same. But now that the arrows are hidden, you have to make up your own mind about it... We're naturally very lazy, so we don't vote at all.
ON the new GAG, the votes on someone's opinion aren't visible until you vote yourself. I believe that in the old GAG, people tend to go with the flow. I'll admit, when I see a question with many answers, I scan the answers, and my eyes would fall on the answers with either a lot of upvotes or a lot of downvotes. And if I disagree with the answer, I'll downvote, if I agree I'll upvote. I didn't really bother to read the rest of the answers.
On the new GAG, I can't do that anymore. I gotta read all the answers, can't just scan them based on their votes. And most of the time I don't give my vote. I only vote if I either strongly agree or disagree on something.
I'd say it's either the bandwagon effect, or just that they're hard to spot now is what seems more likely to me. If you're scanning down the page and reading all the text, a light grey on white background is hard to spot on a glance.
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