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When do you use the "Thumbs Down" button?

  1. Cantuhearmescream profile image81
    Cantuhearmescreamposted 4 years ago

    When do you use the "Thumbs Down" button?

    I won't use the "Thumbs Down" because I'm not sure I understand under what circumstances it should be applied. If we don't enjoy a hub are we supposed to vote it down? If the hub violates HP in some way then it should be flagged right? Do we just vote down simply because our opinion? I don't mind being a little gracious and giving someone a thumbs up when it's "iffy" but I'd hate to think people are so loose with the thumbs down button. Is it/can it be used inappropriately?


  2. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 4 years ago

    The only time I've ever used it (and it's been very rare that I have) has been when I know, for a fact (and because I know the subject through studying/researching it - not because I "just think" something) that the information is bad. 

    Sometimes what you run into is someone who is obviously writing what are nothing more than his own thoughts, and that's clear to anyone who actually knows something about the subject; but the writer has been careful not to write in the first-person (probably because he doesn't want his Hub to look "unprofessional").  But here's the thing...   I could write a very professional appearing article on, say, building a transmission; and I could fill it up with all kinds of "expert sounding" stuff; but it would be full of baloney because I plain, old, don't know the subject.  Anyone who DOES know the subject could easily see that my (make-believe) Hub would be baloney...     I think that's a good reason for someone to do the thumbs-down thing.

    If I recall correctly, the "flagging thing" doesn't offer that particular problem as one of the reasons for flagging.  Essentially, it would be a fact-checking issue.

    On the other hand, though, I suppose there are plenty of people who vote down a Hub just because they didn't like it.  In fact, I've always assumed that's one of the reasons there's the vote-down option.  I just happen to have an extremely high threshold for what would make me vote something down.

    I vote up stuff I think is of good quality (even if I wasn't interested or don't generally like the Hub).  I don't vote if I didn't think much of the Hub.  I do think, though, that information that is out-and-out wrong can be potentially dangerous or otherwise harmful; so I don't think bad information should be ignored.  (But, again, months and months go by without my finding a Hub that I think required a down vote.)    I'm a little freer voting down Answers that I know for a fact are wrong.

    One problem can be, though, that not everyone holds himself to a high standard when it comes to recognizing when he "knows for a fact".  A lot of people have opinions and call that "knowing for a fact".    hmm

    1. Cantuhearmescream profile image81
      Cantuhearmescreamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate the answer and I think I work along a similar guideline. I think I have 2 concerns... 1. Can/do people "vote down" just to be mean/they don't like you? 2. When I see a one paragraph hub that talks  jibberish but not violating; vote down?

  3. PaoloJpm profile image84
    PaoloJpmposted 4 years ago

    I never use it yet. But, maybe on the time when I really got offended, or the hub is too unethical.

    1. Cantuhearmescream profile image81
      Cantuhearmescreamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I just wonder with all the spammy activity going on around here, if there are people who just fly in on a whim and out of immaturity give the "thumbs down". How does a "thumbs down" vote affect the hubber?

    2. PaoloJpm profile image84
      PaoloJpmposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      still learning things about it too. But I guess, personally, it may affect since our psychological being normally wills a positive veiws "Thumbs up".