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SaneIT
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7/22/2015 | 8:01:28 AM
Re: No upvoting
I guess the question is what drives Reddit, is it the users or is it the corporate leadership.  If it's the users then sadly they are going to tolerate the hate subreddits.  Even the ones that were done in humor walk fine line between parody and hate speech so if it's not the users who drive the site then the corporate leadership is very late in addressing the problem.  I guess this is what happens when you ignore things for too long, eventually it's just easier to start over than to try and fix all the things that you've neglected. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/21/2015 | 5:24:01 PM
Re: No upvoting
@SaneIT- Fair enough, and you might be right. But maybe that' spreerfable to subreddits being vulnerable to bad human beings. I don't know.
SaneIT
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7/21/2015 | 7:59:25 AM
Re: No upvoting
I can tell you that people take subreddits very seriously. Maybe not some of the really obscure subs with a handful of subscribers but larger subs and default subs can really get people riled up if they get so much as one downvote when they think that they are right or helpful. Some people take that Karma score very seriously, others not so much.  I feel like without the voting system you lock yourself into a handful of top Redditors who will submit the majority of the links and it will start to be groomed rather than let grow.  Maybe someone out there remembers FARK when it was a little more of a free for all, then it started getting tightened up, Digg came around and people started leaving.   Then Digg did the same, tightened up the rules, people fled to Reddit.  I guess this is the cycle of social news aggregator sites. 
David Wagner
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7/20/2015 | 11:18:30 AM
Re: No upvoting
@SaneIT- Well, I sort of question with the million subreddits whether that is a problem. Presumably, everything that goes intoa  subreddit is relevant or will be quickly voted down. that seems to matter mostly on just the front page.
SaneIT
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7/20/2015 | 8:19:25 AM
Re: No upvoting
I agree with the removal of voting but it introduces a problem, you don't get the most relevant posts floating to the top.  With that though I think the leadership at Reddit needs to take a big step back and ask themselves what Reddit is.  If it's a free for all then then have to let it roam and stop trying to police the site unless it is an obviously dangerous situation.  I take 99% of Reddit as humor or attempts at humor, a lot of big talk for a laugh but there will never be any action behind it.  If the Reddit leadership doesn't want to be that then when they tighten down they need to understand that their user base is going to shrink. 
Whoopty
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7/20/2015 | 7:38:46 AM
No upvoting
I actually quite like this idea, though I'm sure it would be abused in the same way upvotes are now to downvote anything relevant. Without upvoting to counterbalance it too, there's no way to stop it from happening. 

It feels like Reddit just needs a firmer stance with clearer rules on what is and what isn't acceptable. Offence shouldn't be the driving force of any of it though, but more realistic emotional or physical harm. Neither of those should be acceptable, but when it comes to written words, anything else should be fair game as long as it's legal. 


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