Has anyone else noticed how people use the voting on answers here to vote for what they like?
Hubpages states: "Please vote up an answer if it adds to the discussion, or vote it down if it does not. You cannot flag an answer, but if an answer receives enough down votes compared to up votes, then it will become hidden."
Most of the time, people vote up the answers they like, and vote down the ones they don't. I find this sad because answers that add diversity, do add to the conversation. Which I would think is the whole point.
Has anyone else noticed this? What do you think about it? Do you do it?
People who vote the answers up feel good about themselves because they appreciate the fact that a person at least tried to answer a question...it is as simple as that..Yes, I often wondered about that myself..
Yes, I have noticed that too. For example, I answered a question about whether people liked a certain type of colorful hair color. Every answer that said no was voted up and all yes answers, mine included, were voted down. How can an answer to a question like that be wrong? The question asked for my opinion and I gave it.
I often vote up answers if I think they are thoughtful and answer the question well. I am probably less likely to vote up an answer if I don't agree with, but I would never vote an answer down because of that. The only answer I have ever voted down was to a question I asked, and I did it only because it didn't address the question.
A few weeks ago I answered an opinion based question. I gave my opinion and in hours it had so many negative votes it went off. I noticed posts which gave similar opinions to mine also fared the same. It was not a political opinion, nor could be deemed offensive. But still there seemed to be a group of people determined to close off dissenting opinions. That seemed very sad to me.
Isn't that how life works? People vote for things they like regardless of the system they are forced into.
Apparently people are the same everywhere. I had high hopes for Hubbers. It would be nice to find people who actually had common sense and fair play. This sort of childish behavior I expect on Yahoo because so many young people ask and answer questions there. I thought Hubbers were mostly adults. I guess a large number of them never grew up. It just shows how people follow their own prejudices in everything regardless whether what they do makes any sense or not. Lets see how long it takes them to vote this answer off. You do realize that voting your prejudices only hurts you. It keeps you locked into the narrow-minded world you live in.
Oh yes! I have found in life that when your opinion doesn't match others, you will be punished or there will be attempts to silence your opinion. I agree fully with mesacleanpools.
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