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An excellent idea. But I don't think it's going to become terribly common. It runs entirely contrary to the very common thinking that upvote means agreement.

You might get lots of people to do it if there were two sets of arrows, something like signal/noise and agree/disagree. But that has been proposed before.

> Are there any downsides to this proposal?

None that I can see. In any case, many of us already do this.

> Of course, this means nothing without an official seal since PG already proclaimed that you should downvote disagreements.

I very much disagree with PG's famous statement. I wish he'd reconsider.

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