Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 127
Seeing there was some debate/feedback recently on the non-travel content, I wondered what view other members had on the ability to down vote. I personally dislike it & find myself up voting simply when I see negatives just to get rid of them. I'm not sure it adds a tremendous amount of value - everyone is entitled to their opinion (with some limitations) so not sure why people need to be negative towards them.Â Â
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 204
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 250
I agree, the down vote has been booted from most sites these days, it has no value and is negative by its dismissal of someone’s genuine opinion. It also promotes a mob mentality on certain topics, I have noticed on here that would be any negative opinion towards Qantas, I like QF and dont have many issues but respect when someone does, but on here it is set upon with some vigour.
The idea for me is debate, I’d prefer to see the debate in writing, not just a - on the counter. Anyway was just interested to see the groups view.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 214
No, it's not a dismissal of their opinion; it's showing disagreement with their opinion.
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 26
Not sure - I think it's actually Passive Aggressive. If there's genuine disagreement, then I agree - let's have the debate so that people understand where you're coming from.
Member since 18 Aug 2017
Total posts 19
That is it, I do not dismiss anyone's word but there are some that I disagree with emphatically and it allows me to do this when I might write a rather sulphurous comment.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 988
It's interesting to see the various ways which websites implement comment voting. Some community sites have standard up/down, some add a 'thanks' button (we have both those) – some have removed the downvote and simply have like / agree / informative – Fairfax has a single handshake-icon for 'respect' which is similar to like/agree in intent – the NYT has no comment-voting at all. We're working on a revamp of the site and this is one area we'll be looking into, to see if the like/dislike/thanks combo is the best and if the labelling could be better and if the differentiation between 'like' and 'thanks' is apparent and useful.
It doesn't say don't share your opinion - more than happy to see different opinions, but I don't see anything constructive in down votes. If someone says Air NZ is a great airline & it gets down voted how do I know why they disagree...one bad experience, work for VA (ha), terrible in business etc. It doesn't provide much insight to help me make a decision whether or not to fly them. The people have spoken (well some of them) & it appears I am in the minority in any case.
Then add to the debate, rather than just hitting the down button, perhaps AUSBT could adjust their site so that if you hit the down button you also have to make comment as to why. There is a reason why a down vote has gone from most web sites, blogs etc, is that it doesn’t add anything, it only detracts. One person makes a comment and gets 30 down votes but only 5 comments, where is the balance?
I like the suggestion for a comment when downvote used
Member since 11 Dec 2017
Total posts 122
Reddit seems to handle their upvote/downvote system reasonably well, and given that we don’t have anyone on this website (not that I’ve seen anyway) whose posts are purely motivated by a desire to get lots of upvotes/downvotes - I think we’re better positioned to use this system.
By the same logic, though, how is there anything constructive in up votes? If you say Air NZ is a great airline and it gets up voted - how do you know why they agree? That also doesn't provide much insight to help you make a decision.
A fair point John
Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 150
I disagreed with, and downvoted your comment, GBRGB.
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