Well, there would be an assumption on my part, that only a bigot would thumbs down a post celebrating getting thumbs down from a bigot. So, I'll just award myself only two points for thumbs down for my post on this thread
See the gay marriage in MD thread for the original thumbs up/thumbs down point awarding discussion.
For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
~ Barack Obama
I think the whole thing is kind of silly, but I mostly just ignore it...plus it can be heartening to see some of the thumbs up you get on certain posts. I wouldn't mind getting rid of the notification list though!
I think if someone wants to leave a thumbs down they should leave a reason for it before it can be recorded.
I wouldn't be hard for the mods to program in and would cut down the knee jerk thumbs down Negative Nellies.
I don't care if you don't like my posts but it is cowardly to do so
2- withoutgiving a reason for doing so.
I must stop asking "How stupid can you be?" rhetorically.
Some people are starting to see it as a challenge.
I think the question of "Did you appreciate this post?" serves a usefull function as it has the potential to give others a sense of how others are thinking about particular subjects.
But I don't think the Thumbs Down is a necessary part of the usefulness of such a system, as it provides no feedback as to why a member did not find the post useful.
Only one button is required, and in my opinion it should look something more like this:
Did you appreciate this post? YES
Any person can get a sense of how members feel about a post by the number of yes responses it recieves. The reason for the number of positive responses can be generally infered by the content of the post itself.
The reason for the Thumbs Down responses, by virtue of no feedback, tend to render the inclusion of the feature as somewhat ambiguous as to what it is representing.