Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 266
Get rid of voting altogether. It serves no value.
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 26
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 04 Jun 2015
Total posts 74
I asked a question a month ago and received multiple downvotes. But then 4-5 answers and opinions for my question. I like the downvotes but sometimes wonder why people do it.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Apr 2016
Total posts 36
Definitely keep the downvote. Remember the ‘flying with kids’ post and the 100+ downvotes? No better way to show support for the original post.
Yeah but I reckon he got trolled... I downvoted him too just because everyone else did... herd mentality;)
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 241
Up/Down Voting is ambiguous. Is one voting to agree/disagree with the comment, or is one voting to agree/disagree with the subject matter of the article? When I see down votes for some comments I suspect that people are expressing their anger about the issues raised in the article rather than the person's comment.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 396
One small point, David - the New York Times most certainly DOES have comment voting. Underneath submitted posts, users will notice the following: xx REPLIES, xx RECOMMEND, SHARE and FLAG.
Given that the current 'vote' line (along with Edit, Flag, Thanks etc) is a 'reserved' line, perhaps the better way to evaluate these comment-less marks is to have both an up vote and a separate down vote? That wouldn't take up appreciably more space. It would just be an additional 'counter' - and a useful one IMHO.
I've often watched a particular topic / post (sometimes somewhat controversial) vacillate between positive and negative (or vv). Having both counts would at least give some level of indication of support vs criticism of a particular post.
People's reason for voting varies all over the place - sometimes, it because the original poster asks a simple question that is dismissed because the answer could be found with a quick Google / Bing search, sometimes it is because of the subject (company xx bashing, for instance), other times it is because of the content or view expressed .. and in a few cases, it can simply be malicious.
The other option is for users to be able to see who has voted and how. That way voters can be queried on their position.
Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 55
If the votes are going to stay - can we at least have an end of year award for the most liked and most disliked comment
Member since 21 Feb 2017
The award is a great idea! The "I pay premium, stay out of my cabin" comment wins the down award for 2018 by a country mile.
That goes down as one of my favourite comments on any forum ever!
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,013
To be accurate, only one of those is any form of voting, that being 'Recommend', which puts the comment into the Reader's Picks section (an interesting idea which works well when you have massive amounts of comments) - but even so it's not voting in the up/down sense which is immediately and directly visible to everybody.
Member since 08 May 2018
Total posts 9
Probably the best response in this thread so far. Everyone (if they have an opinion) should explain their reasoning - hence "discussion forum" and not just like/ dislike comments. Let's put more effort into our responses:
OK, I am going to be a little pedantic here, David :-) .. To be accurate - and 'fair', you made a blanket comment that the NYT does NOT have comment voting. Clearly, it does - whether or not 'Up/Down' voting is catered for. I did not suggest that it offers both - as is clearly shown in the format view that I referenced. Whilst the 'RECOMMEND' field is somewhat akin to the SMH field of 'RESPECT' (ie: an UP vote only), that is still a comment vote - whichever way you look at it. The REPLIES (an auto-generated count), SHARE and FLAG options are only mentioned as the contents of the protected fields on the reserved line. There is no suggestion that these are 'forms of voting'.
I do, however, agree that the NYT implementation is an interesting way of adding limited value. As referenced in my post directly below the one where I took issue with your comment, I flagged my preference for both an UP and DOWN vote. A good example of this is the original POLL posted by the OP, which while overwhelmingly in favour of the RETAIN option, actually shows how many are in favour of the 'Ditch' option. A far more balanced view of the topic for all readers - despite the overall preference (66%) for the RETAIN option. As said, having both actually gives some idea of how readers feel from both perspectives - without having to have embedded Polls (which is also of value in many instances)..
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