Do you vote down other people's answers or opinions simply because (you) disagree with them?
I can understand voting an answer down that is mean spirited, personally attacks someone, or contains inappropriate language. However voting an answer down simply because one disagrees with an opinion almost seems immature. Out of curiosity: Is there anything that would cause (you) to vote an answer or someone's opinion down?
I've voted down answers due to poor writing skills. If a person can't express their opinion in a way that's readable and understandable, I vote it down. Same deal with long, rambling answers that are more rants than answers to the question.
I've written tons of well thought out answers to questions that I know will be answered by people whose opinions are the polar opposite of mine. And those well written, well thought out answers have been voted into the basement by people who base their thumbs down on the fact that my opinion is not the same as theirs. While I think this is stupid, it doesn't change my opinion, or my skills as a writer.
I don't know how the voting plays into the comments. I do know that there is some sort of process that hp hides comments. What is the basis of that, we don't know. It has to be built in bias by hp.
So I don't know the reason why the voting exists, do you?
I also don't know the connection of how hp determines to NOT ALLOW a person to use the question feature. They don't give any warning or reason, they just do it, and you only find out after you realize that your comment is not being posted.
So, based on that, I think your question is vague, and ambiguous as to how the voting process is designed to work by hp.
I must disagree with you in that it doesn’t seem immature it is immature to vote someone down just because they don’t agree with you.
I would vote down a person being abusive.
I would vote down a person trying to “hijack” a subject something like answering a question with another question that has nothing to do with the original. I would only do this on questions I post and if the reply is a 180 from the question (I ask “do you like blue shirts” and “someone replies the Beatles white album was the best”).
Some of the best discussions start on one topic and end somewhere very different, but if I am taking the time to type this out then I want people to answer it and not something else.
I sometimes vote comments up. If there good. Some people don't like it when our opinions aren't the same. Or we say how we are feeling about the question. When we are grown adults this shouldn't happen. Most here are great. There are a few I think just comment to try to start something. I don't think I've ever voted someone down.
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