Comment 59973

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted February 18, 2011 at 13:36:23

What I find interesting about the comments and complaints from those who appear to be trolling and never debating, is they ALWAYS seem to refer to the number of downvotes they receive.

Yet, people who receive upvotes NEVER seem to mention the number of times they've been upvoted.

What to conclude?

Constantly counting the number of downvotes suggests to me issues of low self-esteem. The really odd part about this is that the low self-esteem leads to behaviours that simply reinforce the low sense of self-worth.

It’s like trying to hang out with a group of people who get together and have lively debates about current issues and the ONLY contribution you EVER make is to shout at them and call them all leftist, delusional jerks (and worse) and then wonder why they aren’t keen on having you attend the next get together. Then, spending a ton of time counting the number of times they get together and don’t invite you. And finally, based on the results of your depressing counting exercise, shouting at them from the sidewalk when they leave the debate to go home. The debate at which your commentary was not welcome.

There are plenty of people on RTH who offer opposing views and/or ask challenging questions to posts. Their posts are not only welcome, IMHO, but required to have a dialogue that isn’t just groupthink. These people never seem to count the number of times they are downvoted or upvoted.

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