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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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[–] erowidtrance 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I'm talking about the comments really. Voat has basically been using this system up to this point since only a small proportion of users have had downvotes and things have been running fine. I look at most comments sections and there are very few downvotes. As soon as everyone gets downvotes every comments section will be a self-reinforcing echo chamber which reddit has become.

It's much easier to manipulate a comments section when you have both upvotes and downvotes, with just upvotes it's more difficult.

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[–] stabbymcgoo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There is a report spam button though I'm not sure how well it works

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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