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Re: Re: Attack of the Downvote Bots

by azatoth (Curate)
on Jul 31, 2001 at 10:21 UTC ( #101080=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Attack of the Downvote Bots
in thread Attack of the Downvote Bots

There is a null vote option, Anonymous Coward. You can change it on your User Settings page in the miscellaneous section.
Update (Re: Below). Ok, so I was wrong on that count. Apologies. But you shouldn't have --'d.

I can't believe you downvoted someone to see what rep it had. Two quick ways would be to check Best Nodes & Worst Nodes, to see if either are on there. But the best way, I think, would have been to ++ it.

Then we can all sleep better at night knowing we can look our fellow man in the face the next day and say, "Hey. I gave you the benefit of the doubt on this one. I hope someday you will do the same for me."

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Re: Re: Re: Attack of the Downvote Bots
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 31, 2001 at 10:49 UTC
    I *did* look into the 'Null Vote' option specifically on this occasion. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually let you cast a '0' vote. All it does is get around the annoying radio-box issue of not being able to "uncheck" a radio box.

    Instead of having a two element radio box ('-1','+1') there are three ('-1', 'Null', '+1'). The 'Null' option simply means "dont cast a vote on this node," and it comes preselected on all the nodes. So your options are still the same, you just have the ability to uncheck a vote before you send in your votes for the entire page.

Re: Re: Re: Attack of the Downvote Bots
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 31, 2001 at 11:26 UTC
    I can't believe you downvoted someone to see what rep it had.

    I also did this. I came into the fray quite early, and downvoted the original post hoping to alert the NodeReaper. After it became clear that the post was going to stay, I became interested in the rest of the scores. Normally it takes a lot for me to '--' a post, and I have done so rarely.

    Imagine an internal scale in my head from -10 to +10. A post would normally have to fall below -8 or above +8 for me to cast a vote. However, in this case most of sierrathedog04's posts fell around -2 in my book. Since I wanted to see the rep, and I was slightly leaning in the negative direction, I cast several '--' votes, that I wouldn't have otherwise.

    In otherwords, something has to be compelling about a post for me to vote on it. Usually that means it is extraordinarilly good or extraordinarilly bad. In this case it was midly bad, with a compelling urge to see what its rep was.

    In retrospect, the loss of both parties wasn't worth it.

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