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Downvoting is for however the user wants to use it.


> pg 2455 days ago | link | parent | flag > I think it's ok to use the up and down arrows to express agreement. Obviously the uparrows aren't only for applauding politeness, so it seems reasonable that the downarrows aren't only for booing rudeness.

> It only becomes abuse when people resort to karma bombing: downvoting a lot of comments by one user without reading them in order to subtract maximum karma. Fortunately we now have several levels of software to protect against that.

What I have never understood about HN's use of the down vote as "I don't agree with you" is that it also changes the color of the post to one designed to be hard to read, so it's like imposing a kind of progressive silence.

Why not just a change in color to something different, not harder to read? If down vote is to be used however the down voter wants then why attach the "punishing" color to it?

It's an interesting system in that I have not seen it anywhere else and indeed does seem to work. But still I can't understand it.

Thank you! HN is not Reddit, and I'm happy down vote can be used as a "I don't agree with you button".

In that case I stand corrected - I thought I remembered reading that in the guidelines.

Downvotes instead of comments is still a personal peeve but I guess I can't chide people for it on HN, lol.

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