Did the site used to have a downvote button?

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  1. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes you see "-" posts but they're always 3 years old or so.

    Did the site used to have this?

    Why take it away :D
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Yes, it did. There were many requests for it's removal, suggesting that if someone did not like a post, or disagreed with it, they make the effort to make a constructive comment.
     
  3. johnnnw thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I miss it as well.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I don't even understand why people bother with the voting at all. It's not like it does anything.
     
  6. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I miss it also and I hope they consider brining it back. I also agree that if you don't have the down vote button, you should also remove the up vote button.
     
  7. ratsg macrumors 6502

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    IMHO, the voting system allows a thread to stay smaller, lighter and cleaner.

    Instead of a thread full of +1 or "yes, I agree" or similar post, people who agree with a popular post can just click the +1 button to add their input with out cluttering up the thread.

    And a similar comment would go along with the "-1" button. If you disagree with someone's comments, but aren't so enraged with it that you need to write a paragraph about why that person's opinion is completely wrong and why they are an idiot, the "-1" button provided some politically correct grey area.

    I fully realize that the purpose of this, or any forum is to get people to post an opinion or share something, but the reality of many topics is that a lot of forum members don't really have an earth shattering comment worth posting.

    IMHO, the voting system, both positive and negative, is a wonderful way of keeping threads free of "me too" posts, or at least limiting them.

    Its a shame that a few vocal members got the negative votes removed. On several other forum's I frequent, the positive/negative voting system works great, and at least in my mind, provides a "stop and think before I post this controversial item" means for people who might just otherwise post stuff to stir people up.

    Just my opinion.
     
  8. mr99 macrumors 6502a

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    I've always thought and wondered this. Is there really any purpose at all?
     
  9. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Posts of the type suggested above (highlighted) are a MR Rule violation (see below).

    As mentioned, the intent (successful or not, that's a personal judgement) was to encourage constructive, if critical, posts in response to a post with which one might disagree...not simply a down vote.


    From Forum Rules:

     
  10. Antares macrumors 68000

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    It shows that you agree with or like something that someone wrote or posted without actually having to go through the effort of making a comment. Kind of like what Facebook does with the “likes.” If you don't have something constructive to add to the converstion but agree with what was posted, this is a way to show your agreement.
     
  11. SandPebble, Jul 8, 2014
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    I too would like to see the down vote button back. As per the rules, if I just posted "Stupid post", I would be in violation of said rules.

    The up or down vote button lets me quickly say I agree or disagree.

    As someone already stated, just my opinion.
     
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