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One idea that comes to mind is keeping the downvote system (with or without the supporter perk) but hiding the exact downvote count. Instead, simply display the upvote count, and if there are 'enough' downvotes compared to upvotes, display a 'this comment is controversial' symbol near the upvote count. What the symbol might look like and what's 'enough' are up for debate and deeper specificiation, but it could certainly be made to work if this kind of a system was desired.


  • Allows upvotes to somewhat dictate the order the comments are shown in.
  • Allows controversial comments to be recognized.


  • Potentially gives unwarranted visibility to bad comments.
  • If only one 'controversial symbol' is used, different 'grades' of controversialness cannot be distinguished.