Comment 39200

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted March 27, 2010 at 10:29:15

Whoever downvoted thompsmr, I'd love to see you justify it. (Unless it's for a couple of typos in the first paragraph.) I'm not trying to be sarcastic or critical -- I'm genuinely interested in knowing why.

I have noticed this phenomenon around comment voting-- I try to upvote comments for the quality of their arguments and the willingness of the author to engage in reasonable criticism, whether or not I agree with it, even if they argue against something I have written (much to my chagrin, I have not always met my own personal standard of behaviour here). But comment voting seems to be used at times to freeze people out of the argument. I was under the impression that it was put in place in order to discourage trolls (there is a difference between one-issue arguers and bona fide trolls) and those who engage in insulting language or personal attacks, not as a popularity contest.

Comment edited by Michelle Martin on 2010-03-27 09:32:17

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