Hey 11W Commentariat,
So there's been a lot of posts lately about voting, so I'm going to try and run down all of the details quickly and concisely. If anything is incorrect/could be phrased better, let me know!
What is an upvote/downvote?
Voting is a way to help moderate and reward posts on the 11W forum.
How can I vote?
You must accrue 100 net helmet stickers in order to vote (check yours by clicking "My Account", you can also find the leaderboard there). Until you reach this threshold, you will not be able to vote.
How do I get to 100 helmet stickers?
By being active and posting informative, funny, or thoughtful posts. Helmet stickers are the result of voting and being involved. The net result of voting adds to your helmet sticker count, but posting a comment=1, posting a forum post=2, posting a blog post=10. Original content is rewarded!
What are the other comment thresholds?
You need to stay above -50 to comment and above -5 to create new forum topics.
When should I upvote?
If a post is well thought out, makes you laugh, or adds to the discussion in an informative or humourous sense, upvote. In general, if it's something you'd like to see more of, upvote! Some also choose to upvote to cancel out a downvote they find inappropriate.
When should I downvote?
If it violates the commenting policy, downvote it (the staff has been vigilant at removing such posts recently). If it discusses politics, religion, is abusive towards other users (personal attacks), is unsubstantiated or doesn't add to the discussion/is otherwise ignorant and stupid (for instance, TP sucks and was never a good player), downvote it.
Downvotes should come based on content only, not based on whether you agree with a person or not.
I disagree with someone, what should I do?
1.) Post and lay out why you disagree with them. Others may agree. 2.) Don't post, but don't downvote.
My post was good but was still downvoted, what gives?
It happens. It's best not to dwell on pixels, others will see that you've made a good post and reward that. If you post complaining about DVs, you're only inviting more DVs. It's highly likely that it's a mistake (voting can be hard on mobile devices).
Think I should add something? Let me know! Go Bucks.