November 12, 2014 at 11:56AM
Why downvotes are bad for NFS
It's been brought up before but without a clear reason why. I think having the ability to downvote in it's current form hurts the freedom of discussion. A prime example:
If you look at the comments for this, there are TONS of downvotes, even on great opinions/ideas/explanations. I look through this and personally don't understand, it discourages me from wanting to comment further. Criticism to me is always welcomed, but so much negativity (even in small amounts like this) can really hurt a community.
One of these comments could have been someones first post, where they took a decent amount of time to write up their opinion. After seeing they have gotten downvoted 3 or 4 times, it could seriously discourage them from wanting to express their opinion again.
I think a very easy solution to this is to either remove downvoting completely, or simply leave it there but don't let things go negative (like reddit). Overall, it's not promoting a healthy community in my eyes. I understand some people might not care, but others might.