Experts: Let the Down Voting Begin Again


Our gifted friend returned under yet another name. Patty, Lewis and I experienced a large number of down votes. A question regarding "Stalinist erasures" was posted and then quickly disappeared. I have been in touch with Grammarly, but I doubt there is much they can do.

asked Nov 10 '12 at 23:57 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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Damn, there go all the big bucks. I would imagine that eventually, her mum will call her to come up out of the basement to eat. Plus, when she hits puberty, she'll get all boy crazy and forget this nonsense.

link comment edited Nov 11 '12 at 00:21 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I suppose it was only a matter of time until this forum encountered a troll.  Sad, but true.  This person seems to think that we have some sort of conspiracy here.  That would be quite difficult to accomplish since we don't know each other and there is no method for private conversation.  A great many years ago, a woman shared this piece of wisdom with me:  "If one person tells you something you don't want to hear, you can choose to ignore it.  But, if everyone starts to tell you the same thing, there's a good chance it's not the rest of the world that is wrong." 


This person obviously does not understand that when a downvote appears for a good and correct answer, other users tend to give it an upvote - even if they otherwise might not have bothered.  This gives the answer a net increase in points - upvotes give more points than downvotes take away. Personally, I don't care about the points, though.  The up and down votes help the users asking the question.  It is a method for them to know which answer(s) are the right one(s).  If someone continues downvoting all of the correct answers out of spite, a childish behavior, it really only hurts those seeking help. 


"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die."  This behavior does not hurt me, Lewis, or Jeff.  My concern is for the forum and the users who seek assistance here.

link comment edited Nov 11 '12 at 00:34 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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