(Mods if you are going to move it, let it stay for a little bit so at least some users see it, please)
Personally I think that the down vote button should be removed, and before you disagree with me and track me down and attempt to murder me, hear me out.
In theory the down vote button is a great idea it helps see what posts are trolls posts, if a user is incorrect or wrong, and etc.
Sadly this button is beyond misused. Before I made my account I would be in these forums from time to time and I rarely saw the amount of down votes as I see today. Most users would reply if they disagreed with something and I dont recall many down vote trolls. Now days is used just the same way as the up vote button. The general reason for the down vote button I believe, was if a user’s comment was wrong, bad, or incorrect and that’s how it should have been used.
If you actually disagree with someone's post or comment why downvote, it does nothing! Ive seen someone post something along the lines of Clem was 10 in season one and It had about 11 down votes and I don't recall anyone replying! Instead of being lazy actually help this incorrect user out and tell them "No, Clementine was in fact 8 and 9 in season one." To those reading this saying 'We have RIGHT to down vote and disagree' thats fine, you can disagree but if you really disagree youd reply. Its like users on here are so damn sensitive that they down vote every single post they decided they dont like instead of replying and actually explaining why they don’t like a certain post. Down voting does not resolve and situation whatsoever.
For those who think it tells if a post is a troll post or not, it doesnt. Posts that are very minority based will get downvoted so easily. If you say you dont want Clementine as protagonist in Season 3 you will get a huge load of down votes even if your reasoning is legit and this goes to any opinion that lots of users disagree with. Troll posts will get up votes for some reason anyways so there is a very little difference between a post that maybe will only be agreed by a minority and a post that is outright trolling. Also wouldn’t getting rid of the down vote option eliminate the whole Down voting trolls issue I mean it’s so annoying to go on a thread and every single comment as 2 down votes for no reason.
There’s also those users who dont give a flying crap on how many downvotes they get, and honestly I envy you. No matter how much I try I will re check all my comments about every hour to see how many down votes Ive gotten and when I do I say to myself "Why can't that user just reply to me?" or "What did I do wrong that made them down vote me?" I wish I could change how I act around that but Ive acted like this since I was a little kid. The sad truth is many of us are unable to just not care whenever we get down votes. Ive had days that I feel so bad about myself that I dont want to even want to comment how I feel about an opinion because Im worrying about being down voted, but I love criticism.
When someone disagrees with me and actually replies, it is great, I can understand why they disagree with me and I dont feel bad about myself. I now know why they disagree with me and I can understand. The down vote button is misused and in my opinion, pointless. If you really disagree with something just reply and say why you disagree and dont pull the 'lazy' excuse, grow up and share your opinion instead of saying Im lazy so I will just down vote instead of helping the situation I've heard other forums getting rid of them and it really helps some annoying situations. I think the down vote button should be removed, but keep the up vote option. Anyways thanks for reading my little 'rant'
It seems that im not the only one feeling this way
(Excuse all grammar mistakes, there was an awkward transition between word document and this and a ton of the words got messed up, id tried to fix most of them but i dont think i got 100% of them. Sorry about that)