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[–] sqeak 12 points 148 points (+160|-12) ago 

It actually made me not afraid to post... Oh god I'm getting anxious now, please don't hate me.

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[–] erowidtrance 6 points 18 points (+24|-6) ago  (edited ago)

They should get rid of downvotes entirely, at least for comments. It's just ripe for abuse from brigades and as you say discourages people from commenting. All you need is upvotes.

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[–] ferk 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The problem with doing that is that it's then very easy for a company to come and autopromote itself, spamming voat with multiple accounts from their many employees (or their proxy network) upvoating all posts that promote their products.

The idea of the voting system is for the community to auto-moderate itself. Otherwise you need a lot of moderators to maintain it, and avoid the consequent conflicts when a moderator does something that some might think was unfair.

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

I disagree. Facebook has that system and it's terrible.

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[–] deathcomesilent 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's how you get youtube comments...

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

better: remove votes entirely