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rosalique wrote

Abstain. After reading all this, I've had a few thoughts.

I think it'd be better to make the points on posts hidden but keep the post ranking. Also, maybe just an upvote, or heart, or star, or whatever that you hit if you think the post is relevant and should be read or like it or whatever, while changing the downvote into a text link that reads "Not Relevant" and place it to the right of the Permalink link. My thinking is that:

  1. When presented with a big affirmative symbol and no other symbols, the apparent choices are press or don't press. If someone doesn't agree, the obvious choice is to not click and either leave a reply (which we would want to encourage over downvoting anyway) or move on.

  2. This will hopefully discourage knee-jerk downvotes, as "Not Relevant" is not equivalent to the affirmative symbol.

  3. With post points hidden, there would be less chance of piling on in either direction.

  4. Since downvotes are less accessible, they are also more valuable as mod flags. Posts with high amounts of likes AND not relevants could be a sign of a manipulation, for example.

  5. Maybe when the user clicks "Not Relevant", the post hides itself from the user? Just spitballing with this one.