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On the other hand, downvoting isn't really supposed to reflect dislike or disagreement, but rather a comment that is rude, lacks substance or, is otherwise against the guidelines. Unfortunately this rule seems to be pretty universally ignored on HN these days.

I'll generally re-upvote any reasonable post that I see has been downvoted simply due to expressing a contentious opinion, even if I also happen to disagree.

It's very much also supposed to reflect those.


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