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Is the downvote being misused here?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I've noticed a few posts with downvotes that look like they got downvoted for a difference of opinion. I can understand downvoting an answer or question because they're spamming or trolling or just making stupid jokes, but I see some people here actively trying to participate getting downvotes. This is a community and a bunch of individuals and I try to respect that, so I'm wondering if I misunderstood the purpose.

Is the downvote to punish people we think are presenting wrong information as well as those that we think are violating terms? or is it just one or the other?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:34 AM

They should require you to give feedback if you down vote.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 22, 2013
at 02:08 AM

lol.. i see your d/v and raise you a peace sign\\// \\//wutever man be curmudgeony with too many consonants in your name.. and also classic example of the spiteful downvote :P http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/can-you-read

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(10611)

on May 22, 2013
at 01:35 AM

-1 for being a groovy hippie chick, and for asking for a pie in the face, and for misspelling sarcastic....

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 11:48 PM

unless they go to the strip club $... lol

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 21, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I LOVED YOUR PERFECT HOURGLASS FIGURE @VB!!!! Thank you for that - and those who downvoted will never have the pleasure of a perfect hourglass figure sitting on their laps.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:51 PM

hey man!! who else is upvoting that.. ! dont thats practically slanderous! ..:)

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:50 PM

It's impossible to leave a comment or message on the iphone now. The masthead takes up 50% of the screen space AND the screen jumps around if I enter a comment section. It's screwy!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:20 PM

i upvoted you .. askin me if im on drugs.. lmao :) ..

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:19 PM

lol .. yes on life..:) i dont use drugs

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:18 PM

shame on them! wait till they get aload of my adonis belt pics! lookout hehehe..:)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:17 PM

Are you high right now?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:59 PM

yeah, I usually leave a message if I down vote, but sometimes on the phone it's just a pain in the ass to type. Also, if someone downvoted a question, and left a comment which I agree with, I may not leave a second comment.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:57 PM

+1 for downvotes on opinion questions. Anonymous downvoters are by far the worst though.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Who knows. I primarily use downvotes when someone is giving blatantly wrong advice that could be hurtful. I rarely downvote for violating terms because that's just a waste of time.

I think a lot of people use downvotes out of spite, which is funny that people care so much.

My favorites are when you get downvotes on opinion questions (like I did on the what are your favorite foods per macro question). How the hell can you downvote someone on that question?

At the end of the day, the downvotes do not help deter any behavior because it's only -2. So why bother.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:57 PM

+1 for downvotes on opinion questions. Anonymous downvoters are by far the worst though.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:59 PM

yeah, I usually leave a message if I down vote, but sometimes on the phone it's just a pain in the ass to type. Also, if someone downvoted a question, and left a comment which I agree with, I may not leave a second comment.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:50 PM

It's impossible to leave a comment or message on the iphone now. The masthead takes up 50% of the screen space AND the screen jumps around if I enter a comment section. It's screwy!

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 21, 2013
at 07:56 PM

I only downvote answers if they contain wrong or harmful information. I know, we all have different opinions on what is wrong, but that's what I go by.

I have not downvoted anyone for violating terms (I just vote to close the questions) or if my opinion is different.

I am not sure if there are any strict rules to downvoting questions/answers. If there are any, I am unaware of them. I guess it is free for all?

Oh, and shame on those who downvoted my perfect hourglass figure. Do you know how many figures I had to go through to find that one? And some of them were banana shaped!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:18 PM

shame on them! wait till they get aload of my adonis belt pics! lookout hehehe..:)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 11:48 PM

unless they go to the strip club $... lol

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 21, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I LOVED YOUR PERFECT HOURGLASS FIGURE @VB!!!! Thank you for that - and those who downvoted will never have the pleasure of a perfect hourglass figure sitting on their laps.

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F4cd2171ef334f681a9428fe076efc08

on September 06, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Hi! I have accidentally downvoted a few times. When I'm reading on my phone, and I have "load images" unticked, to save data, I can't see the little arrows! I don't know I've hit it until it's already counted, and I don't know how to retract it. Even with the images loading it's very hard to scroll without hitting something. Maybe if there was a "confirm vote" button it would resolve it. That might also help with people who aren't that interested in keeping this site good from random voting.

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on May 21, 2013
at 10:13 PM

i think the chad is dangling off my question.. I DEMAND A RECOUNT!! My goat head soup question got downvoted.. for not having a question..? meanwhile there were at least 3 there! sheesh ..:P .. w t frigg..

I dont think ive downvoted anyone yet..but ive called people out for being extremely mean-spirited downright nasty evil. Thats just not right. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE ...:P

Anyway..downvoting for having different opinions is quite 30BAD- and that just not cool either-

Being fairly new here i can say from reading past threads and present ones too ive seen some snarky, saracastic, meanspiritedness goin on up in here. but hey its the internet.. what do we expect

EDIT- ID Like to add that the majority of the people here are extremely patient, kind and knowledgeable.

PALEO-JADED..? MAYBE YOU NEED A LIL VACAY BREAK :p not everyones got it all figured out you know..some people are dazed and confused and in need of some kind words and advice.

peace~ {(+_+)}

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(10611)

on May 22, 2013
at 01:35 AM

-1 for being a groovy hippie chick, and for asking for a pie in the face, and for misspelling sarcastic....

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:17 PM

Are you high right now?

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:20 PM

i upvoted you .. askin me if im on drugs.. lmao :) ..

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 22, 2013
at 02:08 AM

lol.. i see your d/v and raise you a peace sign\\// \\//wutever man be curmudgeony with too many consonants in your name.. and also classic example of the spiteful downvote :P http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/can-you-read

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:19 PM

lol .. yes on life..:) i dont use drugs

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 21, 2013
at 10:51 PM

hey man!! who else is upvoting that.. ! dont thats practically slanderous! ..:)

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