I just wish we could see who was up or downing a post because I'm pretty sure that on more than one occasion, someone just gets pissed off about post A and proceeds to "stalk" and thumbs down every post they can find from the poster who pissed them off.
I get that a lot. It is what it is.
Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!
When I get a thumbs down, I go back, re read what I wrote, think about why it may have gotten the thumbs down. Was I insensitive in my response? Not tactful? Did I get my facts wrong? Did I inadvertently offend someone? I really do think about those posts. If I take the time to respond to a post, my goal is to effectively communicate something. I often fail at being concise--I'm working on it. I hate feeling misunderstood. I rarely, if ever, post just to be snarky. Even when I vehemently disagree, I try to be diplomatic about it. So when I see a thumbs down, I think "well, you didn't do a good job on THAT one."
And when I see a thumbs up I think, "okay, you're on the right track."
I do pay attention. I just wish we could see who was up or downing a post because I'm pretty sure that on more than one occasion, someone just gets pissed off about post A and proceeds to "stalk" and thumbs down every post they can find from the poster who pissed them off.
That's exactly how I feel about it. I don't really use thumbs down unless a post is just plain ignorant and other people have already explained why (and then I go give them a thumbs up).
Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.
It's like the person (or persons -who knows) just hit my name and found all my previous posts just to red thumb them or something. I don't know, I can't suss out motivation through the internet ether, but it is just weird. So I call them thumb stalkers.
I found this post over on the breeding threads
"I consider this to be a new form of internet stalking. What word can we coin for this??
I have used it, mostly for posts that really add nothing relevant to the topic being discussed. For instance, there was recently a thread in Off Course that went south with posts about grilled cheese sandwiches. It bothers me when I'm trying to read real comments but then have to weed through 2 pages of people making comments they think are funny but just take up space and serve no purpose.
I do agree with the other posters on this thread, in that if I disagree with someone, I would prefer to post my thoughts rather than hitting the red thumb.
I gave you the thumbs down, and here's why. I would never have guessed you were giving grilled cheese comments a thumbs down because you dislike a little funny digression. I would guess that you don't like grilled cheese, or battered grilled cheese, or Lex, or that you were randomly or accidentally hitting down thumbs. See, here's a perfectly good illustration of why the thumbs down is useless. You could have 1 time written "hey guys, can we stick to the topic" and we would know what you were thinking. Instead, you probably gave a thumbs down to 5 or 6 different posts and no one ever figured out why.
Holy crap, how does Darwin keep missing you? ~Lauruffian
I thought you only got green ones! But yeah, when I opened up the list (I am a bit OCD, I HAVE to check my notifications!) I was first surprised, then in awe when I saw nothing but 'bad' thumbs, 165 within a couple of hours....it does make me wonder...and chuckle! Maybe time to get out of the basement! I don't red thumb. because it does not convey why I do not agree with a person.
Originally Posted by Bristol Bay
Try setting your broomstick to fly at a lower altitude.
I don't like the anonymous thing. If you feel so strongly to click that big bad red thumb, your name should be attached to it.
I don't think it's a "big bad red thumb," I think it's what SaturdayNightLive says. It just means I disagree, or yeah, that particular post is asshat-able. Doesn't mean you hate the poster. I've hardly used it at all, ever; I have used the thumbs up much much more.
I mean, virtually all of these ratings come from me sharing my thoughts for all to read. It annoys me that I get so many people who don't share their own thoughts
All it means is that people are disagreeing with you, and since there are over 100 responses and 6 pages worth of this thread, seems plenty of people are sharing their thoughts with you. Probably the same ones who gave you the thumbs down.
Yea but Anne, someone thumbs downed my post, which was to say "I don't use it because I'm loquacious".
I didn't say anyone else had to be loquacious.
I didn't say if you used the thumb you were a bad person.
What is there possibly to disagree with in that post, other than the fact that I'm loquacious in writing? And I think anyone who has met me REALIZES that I'm loquacious, so I don't think anyone is disagreeing with that.
Does someone not like me being loquacious? Possible. But that seems strange, given the fact that we're on a discussion board, a place for...discussing things.
What I'm seeing is that it has nada to do with whether one actually disagrees with the actual content of the post, but whether one agrees or disagrees with the general vibe of the post and how you feel about the subject matter.
This is decidedly less helpful.
I'm not hurt in the least by it, but it does take me much more time to try to figure out what on earth was meant by the thumb, particularly because I like to understand other people's thoughts related to what I put out into the world. Since, yanno, I am interested in multiple viewpoints and am always open to the idea that I might be wrong.
Of course, I don't get many bad thumbs, so I could always just pretend that someone just missed the icon. And since you can't see or change which way you thumb something...well, who knows!
What's funny is that whomever did that, LBM, could have meant it sympathetically, as in 'dang, that's gotta be hard on you...I hereby thumb down your aching back'....there was a similar thread a while back that I recall the OP being all ??? and I recall thinking, I wonder if the red thumb was a 'dang, that DOES suck' sort of response.
regardless, tis just a button a BB, and nothing more
I gave you the thumbs down, and here's why. I would never have guessed you were giving grilled cheese comments a thumbs down because you dislike a little funny digression. .... See, here's a perfectly good illustration of why the thumbs down is useless.
Too funny. (I gave this post a Thumbs Up.)
But I don't think it shows why Thumbs Down is useless - if someone doesn't like the digressions and gives a TD, big deal, they're just telling you they don't like the digressions, and most of us here deal just fine with that and move on. But if 20 people give digressions a TD, that's telling us, hmmm, the group didn't appreciate me going OT so I'll get back on track.
Or else it means that no one around here has the scintillating sense of humor my post displayed. Or that they hate grilled cheese.
From now on when I get a Thumbs Down I'll just say to myself, "there's another one who doesn't like grilled cheese."
I gave a red thumb to someone on the breeding forum without offering an explanation because it was clear from their posts on the thread that they were convinced they were right, they weren't looking for a discussion or to learn anything, and they were bordering on rude without provocation, like they were looking for a fight. Even if I weren't new to the forums I wouldn't reply to a person like that, so I used my first red thumb.
I would like to clarify that I thumbs up all things with cheese.
Also, that I don't suffer a hit to my self-esteem if I get a thumbs down. I just really hate wasting time wondering. Sometimes (i.e. political stuff) I expect people to disagree. And sometimes I get a thumbs down and spend an hour wondering why, and I really hate that.
Holy crap, how does Darwin keep missing you? ~Lauruffian