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Wrt your edit, do you really think that people downvote you because they disagree with you?

It's more than a little suspicious that I immediately got 5 down votes for my critical comment, but have since broken even on karma again. I'd like to think my further arguments below did it, but more likely this thread was posted in one of the hashtagstartup channels.

Don't usually do this, but I'll explain the downvotes (I've never heard of this project). Your original comment felt needlessly aggressive and had nothing to do with discussing the project's merits. The follow-on comments were in the same vein, and the entire comment thread felt like a flame war for no reason.

So I downvoted because I wanted to signal that I'd like to read less content like that on here. I went and checked the HN guidelines on content, and here's a few points which I felt supported the downvote:

"When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. E.g. "That is an idiotic thing to say; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."

"Resist complaining about being downmodded. It never does any good, and it makes boring reading."

"Please don't bait other users by inviting them to downmod you."

And now I have contributed in uselessness to this comment thread, the cycle is complete :).

You explained your downvote not the downvotes. 5 down within 5 minutes happens, but if it was that egregious the comment should not have recovered.

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