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[–] NeedleInAHaystack 0 points 59 points (+59|-0) ago 

It encourages participation in discussion. I think that's why most people like it.

It also makes you earn the ability/responsibility of downvoating.

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[–] Macnewbie 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

Id be in favor of heavier restrictions. Such as requiring a reply in order to downvoat or maybe a daily ratio of comments to downvoats. But i think im in the minority in that regard.

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

Do you have proof of this or are you just making it up?

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[–] Koala_Tamer 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

Yeah i think its a little intimidating for new users. Just yesterday I was enjoying actually being able to upvoat people, and as someone who has always been a lurker its removed what little ability I would've used to contribute.

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

I think you're right. It can be a little intimidating, absolutly. But it encourages you to get over that and join in in the community discussion.

I was more a lurker too, until i was forced to choose between lurking and participating more. Personally i wouldn't go back. Once you get over the initial uncomfortableness of putting your comments out there, it gets easier (especially the more you do it).

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

We have to keep trying new things until we find something that works. the problem with human society is that everyone is incredibly adverse to change and adapting to new situations, even in the name of finding a better way of life.

We became the dominate species because of our ability to adapt to environments around us, let us hope we never lose this.

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