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You can downvote comments, not submissions. You can only upvote and flag submissions.

Oh. Thanks, I didn't know this. Curious choice.

Recent change, after the downvote wars this past fall in which Microsoft articles would get unceremoniously downvoted to oblivion the instant they hit the front page.

The idea is that articles should rise to the top on their own merits, but not be pushed to the bottom simply by people disagreeing with their content.

But there is still the floagging. I have noticed some pro MS articles still disappearing suddenly, due to the flagging I presume.

Articles have never been downvotable, only flaggable.

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