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The upvote/downvote arrows aren't for disagreement, they're for adds to the discussion/does not add to the discussion. That's the proper reddiquette at reddit as well. Unfortunately, it's generally ignored there, but Hacker News is usually better.

I don't see an official guideline about this, but I've seen pg mention many times that he doesn't have a problem with downvoting in disagreement.

See: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=117171 http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=392347

I stand corrected and surprised. I also note that underneath both of those posts are people saying that they disagree with this policy, both with more upvotes than PG. Perhaps it's best if the community agrees that downvotes should not mean disagreement?

This whole discussion is getting rather off topic though. Does someone want to make a meta-topic for this, or should we leave it alone?

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