Being someone who's not a regular at this forum, I've been paying attention to Strip Search and wanted to publicly ask about the scheduling decision that PATV made for the show. Finding no better place for it I picked the Strip Search forum and commented on the latest episode.
And now some.... (guess I'll follow the forum rules here)... silly goose has downvoted my comment and my profile is now marked with said downvote.
First of, what is the purpose of allowing users to downvote other people's comments and have them be permanently displayed on your profile? Does collecting downvotes carry negative implications like forum bans or some similar punishments?
I'm still trying wrap my head around the reason behind the downvote since I wasn't exactly bashing the show, merely wishing that there were more episodes per week, so that each "day" on the show correlated with a whole week (that way the elimination episode could be consistently at the end of every week). Looking through the thread where I got my mark, I notice that this same individual has downvoted other posts for very little reason. One guy states that he wish that the show would do more drawing challenges instead of interview/twitter/business related challenges. That got downvoted. Couple of people agreed with him. Those got downvoted. Same guy behind all downvotes.
And finally, where does this power of downvote come from? Looking at other people's forum posts, I see the option of agreeing with post or saying it's awesome but those are my only options. So I can't downvote posts but this guy can, which he exercises religiously? How come? Also, people seem to be able to upvote posts, which I also can't do. And what's the difference between upvoting, agreeing with or finding posts awesome? Aren't all of those in essence the same thing; that you liked someone's post?
I don't know, the knowledge of there being a downvote system in place leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It's too easy to abuse and usually ends up with people who have downvoted each others post in the past to form some petty rivalry, where they compete in looking up and downvoting all of each others posts, regardless of content. I've seen other forums that used to have the option of up and downvoting a post, remove the downvoting option, because it was more trouble then it was worth. If someone is posting something that's genuinely deserving of "Not Cool!" reaction, that's what the flag button is for and the moderators can decide if the user is stepping out of line.
And so help me god, if someone downvotes this... ಠ_ಠ