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[–] solaceinrage 5 points 154 points (+159|-5) ago  (edited ago)

I kind of liked people having to actually contribute first instead of spending all day downvoting anything they disagreed with with zero input. Even if they were just playing along, for a short time they had to actually argue a point and present their case to get those in agreement to upvoat. I understand why it wasn't perfect since it was easy for fringe subs with enough members to circlejerk themselves to 100 in short order with throway comments like "hi lulz" but it still made for thousands of people digging deep to actually create and express themselves to reach 100, and now I worry that initial burst of output will equal less interesting comments and submissions.

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[–] OneZero 11 points 20 points (+31|-11) ago 

All it did was provide an effective way for the majority to silence the minority. Posting just to get hivemind upvotes does not contribute anything of value to this site. Personally it did NOT make me want to "dig deep" to contribute. It just made me want to go back to Reddit where my account will not be crippled just because I post an unpopular opinion.

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[–] AberdolfLincler 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't get how this makes sense to be honest. On Reddit, the hivemind is way stronger than it is/was on Voat, you have to be much more careful about offending the hivemind. People on Voat didn't downvote nearly as much, because they knew they had to respect that it wasn't a disagree button. You had to use it sparingly, on posts that you felt truly deserved it.

I've probably only been downvoated a handful of times on Voat, maybe once below zero. On Reddit, it happens constantly, over the stupidest things too. It doesn't seem specific to me either, because the votes are visible here, we can all see how rarely people downvoted.

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[–] Merchaun 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

I was in a special club, but only briefly.

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[–] Subutex 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think the zero input part is pretty essential. Make it so you have to comment on the post before downvoating? atleast give some input why you're doing it. Give s a chance to say something back or report if they're really out of line or something.

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[–] jeegte12 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

easy for fringe subs with enough members to circlejerk themselves to 100 in short order with throway comments like "hi lulz"

That's mostly what was happening.