I didn't look through every post on this thread, but who is threatening to drop their "supporter status" if downvotes get removed?
Also it's pretty clear that your comments on the Uncharted movie article had some connection with putting this on the forum. You're also claiming that everyone wants the system gone, when clearly that's not the case. I like the system because it filters out the childish/trolling comments from the ones where people are actually interested in a discussion.
Not sure if anyone will drop their supporter status over losing a downvoting perk, it would be incredibly sad if anyone did but CGW seemed to think that we would have to refund everyone if we did remove the Supporter perk, which to me, very much came across as an attempt to scare the Staff into not removing it.
I'm not sure about Zero's intentions in creating the thread but I think it's really irrelevant as it's worth discussing, folk have complained about the Supporter perk/downvote situation happening in articles before, most recently in the PC OT which Zero browses.
I'm not sure I would agree that the majority of downvoted comments in Articles are trolling either, I see a lot of simple differences of opinions being downvote bombed, besides, trolling is for the Moderators to deal with anyway. If by filter out you mean it placing the comments at the bottom, I think that would remain true even if we only had upvotes and people still clearly read the downvoted comments either way so is it really filtering much out? Lol.
"My comments are getting buried !!! Its people with voting perks downvoting me abusing the system !!!"
But... But ... But people with voting perks CAN UPVOTE also.
" Oh really? They can upvote with the same number of voting power like when they down vote ?"
Yep my man !!!
" Omg !!! But but but why why why my comments continue to be buried !!!!???"
Hate to say this to you but no one with perks and probably no one with no perks upvote you ... You get way more downvotes than upvotes by people in this site.
" WHY OMG WHY ??????? "
CAUSE YOU MAKE SHITTY ASS COMMENTS THATS WHY?
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" NO ONE WILL SEE MY SHITTY ASS COMMENTS OMGAHD "
Nah, bro , dont worry, we always click that plus simbol in there to see your shit comment and laugh !!!!
"FUCK YOU ALL !!! I AM GOING TO CREATE A THREAD TO DEMAND DOWNVOTES TO BE REMOVED !!! I AM A GENIUS"
" OH FUCK , I MADE A VOTE COUNT AND I AM LOSING WAHT I AM GOING TO DO???? "
" MODS MODS, TAKE AWAY THE VOTE COUNT THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT, THEY HAVE BOTS, THEY HAVE DUPE ACCOUNTS, ITS THE SUPPORTER PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!! ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜"
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Ease up on the trolling, it isn't helpful at all.
- Zero isn't the only one to complain about this stuff.
- People are much more likely to abuse the downvote system than an upvote system, a downvote barrage is more likely to put folk off from commenting than a upvote barrage, thus downvote system is more damaging to VGChartz than an upvote system, which is the difference, put it this way, a user who receives a downvote barrage is more likely to not comment than someone who loses a supporter perk.
- As I've said before, a user in the past did create 5 alts to abuse the voting system, I'm also fairly confident that two of the accounts with Supporter right now are alts, I have no doubt in believing the system is abused.
I am probably one of the people here who has gaming opinions that are fairly out of sync with the general population and so I thought that I would share my thoughts on this. If this were a question of whether or not to introduce article down-voting that wasn't previously present, I would say no. Up+down-voting makes sense in political discourse but if it's just a person's opinion on something like gaming, up-voting only like what we have on the main forum is more than enough. A person's tastes in gaming are often a lot more personal than something like a political opinion where you are generally on one side of the aisle or the other and the down-voting feature kind of discourages complete honesty in favor of saying something that is popular with the crowd (unless you have really thick skin, which I do not).
That said, the up-voting and down-voting has been a feature in the articles ever since I first started frequenting this message board in 2014 and this community has kind of evolved around it. You kind of expect that your opinions are going to be heavily scrutinized if you post in that part of the message board and there are plenty of other places you can post your opinions if you want to have a bit less judgment. As a result, I would probably lean in favor of just leaving it as it is currently. No need to change something that isn't broken in my view.
That said, a change that I would recommend considering is having a person's posts in the articles count towards their total post count. I think that members should get the same reward for posting there as in the main message board.
It is inherently broken Imo, due to the Supporter perk, no matter how it is used, folk shouldn't have extra voting power cause they paid extra.