IMO any site with a voting system should attach a heavy cost to downvoting:
I think 'dang has already elaborated as to why this is a bad idea, but:
Hacker News depends on downmods for community moderation. Discouraging them would lower the quality of the site.
3. the more downvotes a comment has the more points it costs
Not to assume bad-faith, but this was a joke, wasn't it? A bad comment should be downmodded more, and users should not be penalized for that. Flagging, too, should happen if it's extremely bad.
This mirrors the real life cost in social interaction:
1. you can't constantly be negative to everyone
If a person is only posting negative content, it makes sense that they would get downmodded more often: active users of the site will often see these people's comments more than others. Should they get punished for keeping the quality of the site up? I don't think so. That seems unreasonable.
3. you can't pile on one person (or rather, with each person adding it nears the threshold of "wow, maybe that's enough, dude")
That's completely unreasonable: if a comment is bad, it should be downmodded.
> "Are trucks more likely to hit pedestrians? I was not aware of big vehicles being more dangerous."
Its pretty blindingly obvious what I answered.
> Hacker News depends on downmods for community moderation. Discouraging them would lower the quality of the site.
But attacking facts literally lowers the quality of the site
> Not to assume bad-faith, but this was a joke, wasn't it? A bad comment should be downmodded more, and users should not be penalized for that. Flagging, too, should happen if it's extremely bad.
And yet you also want to prevent echo chambers. So many people just blindly ram the downvote button on a grey comment. Or a comment that goes against one of the big names on HN, even if that comment is right.
Your responses to 2. and 3. (and 1. too) basically all come down to "downvoting is amazing, we need more of it!"
I don't really know how to respond to that. Are you completely oblivious to echo chamber effects..?
Edit: the fact that you downvoted this immediately only strengthens my point, dude.