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Over the years I resisted the down-vote functionality, because I thought it would sow discontent.image.png

However, since the reputation level feature was introduced, EVERYONE has a positive reputation - when we all know that isn't always the case...

So I've activated the downvote functionality, and I'm thinking I might reset everyone's reputation, so that everything is on a level playing field.

Feel free to post your comments below in this thread.

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Michael Hardner said:

Let's see.

Agreed, lets see what happens.

It might help quality postings rise up, while low quality posts/threads will drop off.

I can actually configure the display so that high quality (i.e. higher rated) threads are "featured".

However, I've never been a huge fan of gamification, as it can end up being gamed and becomes the exact opposite of what you want.

So we'll see...

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On 10/13/2022 at 9:19 PM, TreeBeard said:

I don’t like needing to click on the number to find out how people reacted to the post.  

That was a change on my part... 

This is only a test, but reactions where not being used all that often, and I want to see if changing the way this feature works, that it might spur more reactions to be used.

If it doesn't work, I can return it to the original layout.

Just trying new things, and see what sticks.

Thanks for the feedback!

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On 10/13/2022 at 2:45 PM, dialamah said:

posts downvoted based on the poster's ideology rather than content

That is entirely possible. But it can go the other way too, posts upvoted for the ideological content too.

So it might just be a wash...

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On 10/13/2022 at 9:19 PM, TreeBeard said:

I don’t like needing to click on the number to find out how people reacted to the post.  

Another thing just popped into my head...

The biggest question is: should I make the reactions anonymous... because as it stands now, you can see who "reacts".

It's unlikely members are going to be honest, if they have to be public about their reaction.

 

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1 minute ago, DogOnPorch said:

Says much about their character, I think.

But what does it actually say?

Expressing displeasure doesn't necessarily need to be divisive. 

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2 minutes ago, Greg said:

But what does it actually say?

Expressing displeasure doesn't necessarily need to be divisive. 

 

Oh yeah? Well, you are also allowed your opinion...and it's your house. So others can do it until they're blue. I refuse.

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16 minutes ago, DogOnPorch said:

Oh yeah? Well, you are also allowed your opinion...and it's your house. So others can do it until they're blue. I refuse.

It was a genuine question, I wasn't trying to make a point.

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On 10/13/2022 at 11:39 AM, Michael Hardner said:

I'm ready for the tolls to start shitting on my posts, if that's what you're asking.  I don't think this change will make a better forum but I also don't think it will have a negative impact.  Let's see.

Yeah, I had dougie93 dump 54 downvotes on me in a couple hours last saturday cause he was pissed I outed him and he had no real comeback. He searched in all forums and went to town. :)

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