So, the dislikes are, from this moment, gone. I, for one, was never the one who argued for their removal. Sure, it was abused a lot, but see it from my perspective - you see a thread made by someone whom you can't stand, and you know that voicing your opinion would only get you into an argument which you don't need, and yet you can't walk past it. What would you do in that case? Downvote. Plain and simple.
Well, I'm pretty sure it won't affect the way people give their opinion in any way. Those who used to just downvote everything and not comment will remain just as silent, and those members who were vocal while the downvote feature was in would remain just as vocal. Congratulations, you've got rid of it. One problem solved.
Another point was that some people were afraid to give their opinions because of the "downvote" backlash. Well, ladies and gents, if you were afraid to give your opinion because of the downvotes, wouldn't you be afraid to give it, now that we are all forced to post our potential displeasure? In my opinion, that makes it even worse.
Rest in peace, ye ol' thumbs. You would've been a good feature, if not for your over-abuse.
P.S: Oh, and somebody, contact and unban Flog61, if possible. It's time for him to come back (till his Voluntary ban Mark III, anyway).