Premium Member Phil Rhodes Posted May 15, 2021 Premium Member Share Posted May 15, 2021 It's not in my nature to make requests regarding this forum, given that it's been provided for decades as a free service by Tim, and I hate to put work his way. Even so, I can't help but wonder whether the downvote (and by association, upvote) buttons are useful. We increasingly live in a world where people are invited to register an opinion about things without being required, or even asked, to justify that opinion. As a result, a downvote creates all the negative consequences of disagreement without any chance of anyone learning anything, without creating what may be informative discussion around a point of contention. It is antithetical to the purpose of a forum. Happily I've managed to largely avoid the phenomenon, and it's rare here anyway given that we're largely a technical discussion group, but for the record, I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing with me if that disagreement is well articulated. On the contrary, I relish any opportunity to improve my understanding of a situation and to better understand other people's points of view, especially if they're points of view with which I disagree. I don't have a problem with people downvoting me, either, since I'm simply likely to ignore it pro tem unless and until some sort of explanation is provided. It's just not very useful. Can we remove these upvote-downvote buttons? 1 2 Quote Link to comment
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