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The Flat Earth Society => Suggestions & Concerns => Topic started by: Science Supporter on April 18, 2019, 04:19:28 AM

Title: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Science Supporter on April 18, 2019, 04:19:28 AM
I think it would be cool if there was a button that could allow us to like/dislike a post we view. Just a thought.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Parsifal on April 18, 2019, 09:34:54 AM
This isn't Reddit.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: WellRoundedIndividual on April 18, 2019, 11:11:01 AM
Horrible idea. Then we would get high school REers spamming the crap out of anything. Just...no.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: junker on April 18, 2019, 02:55:51 PM
A no from this community member.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Rama Set on April 18, 2019, 03:17:24 PM
I don’t hate the idea as long as it has no effect in visibility. It’s a quick way to show agreement which might cut down on redundant posts.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Tom Bishop on April 18, 2019, 05:01:26 PM
It's an interesting idea, but probably not suited for the forum format. It would be better for an entirely differently structured debate platform in which each side gives arguments, which are presented and voted on or commented on for user participation.

I've always thought that a platform for debate of ideas on merit would be a better situation than "talk to the flat earthers," of which there are comparatively few.

It is possible for the Foucault Pendulum to be an inconsistent or invalid experiment, or explained through other means, without the earth needing to be flat, as an example. Such a platform would further FET without forcing its users to argue for or believe in things that they do not believe in. It would take careful consideration and presentation... A debate club v.2.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Bastian Baasch on April 18, 2019, 05:04:47 PM
Obvious no, Thork's like/dislike system is good enough as it is. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Pete Svarrior on April 18, 2019, 06:58:03 PM
Surely any such system would only reinforce tribalism? We have two sides of a debate here, one much more numerous than the other. Even if the regulars didn't engage in tribal behaviour, flyby noobs would ensure that all posts which support RE had high scores, while all posts supporting FE would be in the negatives. It's a simple consequence of the respective sizes of each community.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Rama Set on April 19, 2019, 12:03:39 AM
If it were me I would only give the option to like a post, but it’s not a crucial feature.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Baby Thork on April 19, 2019, 12:56:12 AM
I've enabled it. Feel free to rate my post.







Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: kmack on May 07, 2019, 04:58:40 PM
An upvote/downvote system immune to the effects of trolling is feasible, although I'm not sure how difficult it would be to execute (I'm far from an expert when it comes to coding and all that jazz). Something akin to the system of many stackexchange sites, where you have to gather a minimum amount of reputation before you can participate in voting, would likely discourage people who's only objective is to brigade and troll. Reputation could be gained by participating in (civil) discussion and making posts that are positively received, or something along those lines.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Parsifal on May 11, 2019, 06:34:23 AM
An upvote/downvote system immune to the effects of trolling is feasible, although I'm not sure how difficult it would be to execute (I'm far from an expert when it comes to coding and all that jazz). Something akin to the system of many stackexchange sites, where you have to gather a minimum amount of reputation before you can participate in voting, would likely discourage people who's only objective is to brigade and troll. Reputation could be gained by participating in (civil) discussion and making posts that are positively received, or something along those lines.

Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's a good idea. Ideas should be received on their own merit, and people should make up their own minds without using other people's opinions as a crutch.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: Crudblud on May 11, 2019, 09:47:00 AM
There are plenty of social media platforms where you can engage in popularity contests already, use them instead of trying to drag this place down to their level.
Title: Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
Post by: ChrisTP on May 11, 2019, 10:36:27 AM
It's an awful idea because the discussion is considerably one sided, we can guess the outcome of votes on posts already and it will only if anything stop people thinking for themselves when reading the forums back. "Oh, this guy has 2 likes and 34 dislikes? he must be wrong!" - totally nothing to do with there being less flat earthers compared to 'round earthers'.