How do you feel about having a VOTE UP button only?
I'm all for constructive feedback for hubs, but feel the VOTE DOWN option doesn't do anything to assist a writer with content or grammatical aspects. If you don't like the content etc then don't vote it up. It's that simple.
That makes sense, and I agree. However, on a bad hub that violates rules, well I will flag it and also vote it down, simply to have it low on whatever list it shows up on until it is reviewed by a mod.
I would not use it in the context of "punishing" someone who uses bad grammar and such.
I would like the Vote Down to remain for the reason I have shared.
I have to say that I have never used the vote down button. Like you said, if I'm not too impressed, I don't vote up. But, then I think I did read something about HP wanting help in flagging poor content. Still a bit of a newbie, so not sure on that.
There is a good psychology argument for this: people are three times as likely to act on negative emotions as they are to act on positive emotions.
Meaning, the actually negative audience is overly represented in a vote-up, vote-down system.
However, I think the vote down should remain. When I give vote downs, it is for one of two reasons:
1. Extremely poor quality content: short, auto-translated from another language, etc. Or articles posing as experts, but with bad information or ineptitude.
2. Things that will harm the reader if they get into it ( e.g. witchcraft, etc)
So, there are good reasons for the vote down.
What I would like, though, is to know WHO it is that has flagged a hub. Twice, I have had someone start flaming me... and then had a hub flagged. I would like to have a system in which a false-flagger can be punished, to protect the innocent. One of the flagged hubs was booming in daily views. While it was offline for three days, it dropped, and never recovered.
I hardly use the down anyway and since they both disappear I am not too sure it is not a vote up, who can say? I really think if there are certain rules that you have to have so many words or this or that it should be graded on that and if you don't put in what you should no one can pull you out. How is it fair for some to do the work and others don't and get a free ride? Do rules mean anything here or not? I really would like to know. People always jump in to tell you the rules but we have eyes. Is it a popularity contest or what?
I agree with the man about a false flagger, surely they deserve a punishment! Some of us put serious work in our hubs and then a trouble maker is allowed to blow it all up.
I totally agree. Not only that, but if you make enemies (or ex-boyfriends) they can systematically vote all your hubs down, all day every day. I think it's time for it to go.
The vote down must be there.
If a hub is great I will give it a vote up
If a hub is ok I don't vote
if a hub is horrible I vote don
Should keep both the "Vote Up" and "Vote Down" buttons but take away the anonymity, if someone is prepared to vote something down they should be prepared to do it openly by name. Maybe an option to give reason for such votes could be made available.
I totally agree with you. Not only that, but if you make enemies then they can vote all your hubs down.
Would that make sense? I mean shouldn't things be in balance? How about no button at all so all answers remain neutral and on the same level as every one else. The answers would be ordered the way they were replied. So no answer would seem more special than the other as all answers would be made equal.
Answers that make fun of or are insulting would be flagged so a special feature would be there for that.
But that's the reason why HP has a vote down button, that answers that are rude, irrelevant and insulting be voted down. So if there are no red buttons then we would have to deal with the consequences of being insulted by rude hubbers, or just accept the stupid answers.
Without it, Hubpages will just be a clutter of junk articles. It's a way to help our moderators or HubPages system to easily spot low quality ones that shames HubPages.
I would be fine with that. I avoid negativity, whenever possible, so would never hit the Vote Down button unless something was really really bad, offensive, abusive or something like that.
That would be cool. i don't use Vote Down button ever. I don't see the need of clicking it. I guess it would be a waste of my energy if I click on it instead of clicking the home button. I agree. The Vote Up button is more than enough.
I feel the vote down button is critical, especially when Hub Hopping. Sometimes, you have to be able to say, "No, this should not be included amongst the work of other hard-working writers." In light of how Google views the site as a whole, it's important to cull obvious junk.
Both are important. The vote down is a must for flagging inappropriate content. Otherwise you either use the vote up if you really like the hub or don't vote all. Voting down on someones work is in bad form, unless like I said, a hub is a thinly veiled promo piece.
I prefer keeping the Vote Down option as well as Vote Up. In just a week on the site (while hopping hubs) I've seen poor translations, promotional pieces, blog or diary writings and even adult content and vulgar language. I've flagged things that are violations, and I vote them down.
There are also some stellar writers here. I make positive comments as often as possible, and I vote up at the same time (plus interesting, or funny, etc.). The only time I dont respond at all is when the topic just doesn't appeal to me enough to read it. Then I keep hopping without reading.
If the good writers here want to maintain a quality environment (which will only help everyone), the site needs to be informed of Hubs that are substandard or in violation.
Just my opinion.
I somewhat disagree with having a vote up button only, because it destroys a reader's ability to spread his\her view on a certain post or subject. I would certainly like to vote down if I thought something was extremely unfavorable, even though I do not like to put others down or demolish their spirits for writing. A simple opinion!
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