Has anyone felt like the downvoting feature has been abused, or maybe just wondered "why did I get a downvote for my authentic contribution to this board?" Is it possible, that some posters have disagreed in the past with each other and have it out for each other via downvoting on the regular?
I bring this topic up because I don't want this site to lose it's diversity of opinion OR its ability to make posters feel like their input is valuable. It was my understanding that the point of a voting system was to a) encourage good posting and b) discourage trolls. Somewhere along the lines, have we lost that theme or are we in danger of getting to that point?
My disclaimer - my personal experience that led me to post this was a contraversial forum topic (started by yours truly) with good intentions that rubbed some people the wrong way. Every time I posted I was downvoted multiple times, regardless of how well worded the post was. I am as big a fan of Ohio State as the next guy on this site and I felt things got too personal, don't wish any malaise upon anyone here and wish we could give each other the benefit of the doubt sometimes.