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Downvoting

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Downvoting

You can now help us fighting spam and unwanted content by downvoting comments and board topics.

When should I vote down?

Downvote posts that are spammy, misplaced or sloppy and do not add anything substantial to the discussion.

How do I vote down?

Click the down arrow to the right of each comment / topic. You can undo your votes by clicking the button again.

What happens when I vote down?

Comments and topics that have been downvoted multiple times are collapsed / greyed out.

Downvoting is not something we want you to take lightly! Use it wisely in the spirit to improve the platform.

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    minecraftish

    about 7 months ago

    i want to be able to downvote

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      DED

      about 7 months ago

      ye, it's the upside-down triangle by the like button

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      virusmachine

      about 7 months ago

      everyone can downvote.

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    DED

    about 7 months ago

    why can't we downvote tracks?

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    aeotius (on hiatus)

    about 8 months ago

    I know this is a complete necro but I want to spark up some more conversation on this topic. I, for one, like the downvote feature. As @sndbrgn said, it has been used pretty sensibly since its implementation. A lot of spam has been erased, as well as a lot of harassment. I think the people abusing the downvote button are the same people who tend to get downvoted quite frequently anyway, so the abuse (if even present) is most likely cancelled out.

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      Known As I stays home

      about 8 months ago

      There is/was a recent problem in the algorithm which decided what to hide. This resulted in lots of unnecessary visible downvotes. We're working on this.

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    Sonat

    about 2 years ago

    Downvoting is silly, it is up to the account owner to oversee the comments on his page and report conduct he doesn't like. That's how it should be. If you don't like something on someone else's track, too bad. It's their job to filter the comments, not some random account downvoting things on other people's account pages or tracks. Also by the guide above, that means I should downvote people who don't write well. That's just detrimental to the AT community, which in my estimate is already growing strangely snobbish over really unimportant things.

    For the record, we should all be grateful that this FREE DAW is even available to us. Let's just keep the community ethically responsible. Don't downvote and hide comments you don't like. Instead, tell them why they're wrong or, if spam, ignore it. Accounts have the ability to delete spam from their walls or tracks and report spam if they see fit. Self policing this issue by mob rule of voting is not going to make this a happier community. It's going to be abused and also tick off a lot of people whose comments will be shot down and unavailable.

    Many thanks to the AT creator(s) for even allowing this site to be free. Y'all's the real MVPs.

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      sndbrgn

      about 2 years ago

      Have a look at the Sample Upload Temporarily Disabled thread. In my opinion the Downvote was used in a senseful way. I haven't seen any abuse over the time this function has existed. At least not in the quantity predicted by some doomsayers

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    PsychicNinjaSilverMoon

    about 2 years ago

    When the post about downvoting has been downvoted about 700 times XD

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      Sonat

      about 2 years ago

      Downvoting is dumb. If something breaks guidelines then it should just be removed, it shouldn't be up to couple of people who just downvote opinions they don't like.

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    naswalt

    about 2 years ago

    oops. "Downvoting is not something we want you to take lightly! Use it wisely in the spirit to improve the platform."

    I'll stop.

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    Martin Below

    about 2 years ago

    Update: Downvotes no longer cancel out Upvotes

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    Ty Freestyle

    about 2 years ago

    Man, downvoting sucks. It simply adds negativity to the site. You can never see who actually downvotes, so people can hide behind hating other people's comments anonymously, which I think is terrible. And if people don't like this very comment, my personal opinion, which affects no one in any way shape or form, enough anonymous clicks of the mouse can hide my comment. On many track, there are downvoted comments that are not "spammy, misplaced or sloppy and do not add anything substantial to the discussion", but instead, are just people being hateful to the specific artist, track, or are just being all around annoying. And I see people asking for help and tips on how to make music (not asking for people to listen, or spam), and people downvote innocent comments such as this. At least we should be able to see who downvotes. Because as of now, many comments that are in fact important are getting taken down without reason, while the perpetrators of the occurence go unknown. I also agree with this by Xom: : "if we want the downvote and upvote buttons to do what they're intended to do, i don't think, for example, that one downvote and one upvote on a comment should cancel eachother out to zero. instead there should be a 1 by the upvote button and a 1 by the downvote button so that the information the numbers show can be more telling of how many people downvoted, even if the majority happened to upvote instead, or visa versa" .

    My overall verdict: right now, downvoting is not beneficial at all, given how it occurs. Could it ever be beneficial? Maybe. But it needs fixing again. I should emphasize - this is meant to be my personal opinion, it is not supposed to offend anyone including the creators of audiotool. My criticism is harsh, but it needs to be said. :) - Ty Freestyle

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      André Michelle stays home

      about 2 years ago

      We are constantly adjusting features to make them better. Sometimes we overshoot and we are happy for any reasonable feedback. Upvotes and Downvotes no longer cancel each other out. Let's see if this already resolves things to the better.

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      Ty Freestyle

      about 2 years ago

      @André Michelle stays home Thank you for acknowledging me. I agree with all of that. To be fair, I have only been on here for 1 year (about) so then downvotes wouldn't be available to me. I think its less about experience on the site necessarily, and more about how the process is. Thank you though! Glad to see my paragraph wasn't in vain... :)

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      i17

      about 2 years ago

      ... 2 years is a little too much.

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    vudumagic

    about 2 years ago

    "Downvoting is not something we want you to take lightly! Use it wisely in the spirit to improve the platform."

    I dont think this is TOO subjective, but I also dont think it's wrong to predict that given enough time, the value of a downvote will decrease in a sort of treadmill effect. The "bad" threshold for a downvote will slide lower in time.

    That being said, I dont find reddit or google to suffer too much from this effect. If my comment gets downvoted because people dont like or agree with it, I move on. I think some of us are getting a bit too hung up on being able to downvote things that they just don't agree with or don't like it. If that happens, so be it.

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    Wightfall

    about 2 years ago

    I'm sure all of this has been said but: Reporting the comment should be a separate function from down-voting imo, I don't really like the idea of effective censorship which could possibly arise from this feature when certain people/communities/ideas come into contact. Reporting should be reserved for situations of great gravity, while down-voting could be a bit more lighthearted in nature. I don't mind keeping everything prim and proper but AT's community could be dulled by this I think. Also could breed a sense of hostility among the sites less mature users (you down-voted my comment? i'll just down-vote yours then), which would kind of defeat the point of the down-vote system. Just talking here, not sure how much of this would actually happen.

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      André Michelle stays home

      about 2 years ago

      @ApoC There is no automatism from down-voting to banning an account. The last is always a decision by many moderators as a last resort.

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      Wightfall

      about 2 years ago

      ah i didnt know that snd, im less opposed now then.

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