Is voting an answer to a question down a form of internet bullying?

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  1. barbergirl28 profile image84
    barbergirl28posted 7 years ago

    Is voting an answer to a question down a form of internet bullying?

    Sometimes when I am answering questions I see answers that were very good being voted down. Do you feel this is a way of putting down another writer or lowering a persons self esteem? (Sidenote: this is not meant to be taken personally - it is just a question)

  2. telltale profile image74
    telltaleposted 7 years ago

    Some of my answers have been voted down too, and after reviewing what I wrote I do not find them badly written, but they were voted down.  I don't consider this "internet bullying", but that there are people who may not know how to appreciate what is good or bad, or that there will always be people with bad judgment.  Probably that's the reason why I am still in hubpages, but I will not answer questions which I consider to be controversial.  I have since ignored such votes to my answers.

  3. Jangaplanet profile image72
    Jangaplanetposted 7 years ago

    I do see alot of that. I actually vote up every single answer i get soon after i recieve an email telling me this question has been answered. But sometimes i do recieve insulting answers that give me no choice than to vote it down. I am all for constructive Criticism , but not indirect insults. But as to deliberately vote down someone -the answer is no.
    Great question barbergirl28

  4. nifty@50 profile image72
    nifty@50posted 7 years ago

    Voting down an answer, just because someone has a differing view than your own, yes that is internet bullying or trolling. You see this a lot with political & religious questions. Mainly because people can't stand to read opinions that differ from their own, lack of security I guess. Answers should be voted down if they fail to completely answer the question or do not make sense and not because you don't completely agree with them. Everyone's opinions are different on a whole host of issues.

  5. J.S.Matthew profile image80
    J.S.Matthewposted 7 years ago

    Well, I'm kinda new to the voting thing on HubPages. To be honest, I never really paid attention to it, until I thought about my own Hubs!

    When I thought about how I would want people to react to my Hubs, I realized that not all people who stop by wish to comment. 

    By having the "Vote" button (up/down) one can vote quickly.  The downfall to this is that, as mentioned above, people can manipulate the actual voting pool, forcing an unfair balance in opinion.

    I have read all the answers above and I have "Voted" them all UP!  Good answers, Hubbers!

  6. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    not at all. this site is suppose to be for adults though kids are on here to. voting is just a matter of opinion , which we all have. if you answer a question you should be ready for how your answer is percieved, whether good or bad.

  7. stuff4you profile image62
    stuff4youposted 7 years ago

    I've wondered before if voting down usually has more to do with anger at the question or hub or just simply thinking its low in quality, nothing more.

    I've had questions I asked on reddit get tons of down votes yet I still received a lot of answers (the questions were provocative)

  8. danstanton profile image61
    danstantonposted 6 years ago

    I think we have a responsibility within the Hubpage community to police our own a little. I have voted down twice in the short time I have been on Hubpages. The first was a hub that I felt had information that was not only misleading, but could have been detrimental to others who may have accepted the advice of the Hubber as an expert.  The second was the response to an answer dealing with seniors and dementia. I work with seniors, and I felt the advice given to the question would have provided a detrimental effect on the person in need of services.

    So, no I don't think that a well intended vote down is bullying. I do think that we have to behave in a respectful, professional manner. In that vein, I don't vote unless I feel the vote is warranted, up or down.


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