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BrainBurner  ·  3147 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ganging up on Reddit

I'll be honest, I don't care much about downvote brigades. It's all pointless drama. Let the unwashed masses on Reddit fight each other while I read interesting articles here on Hubski!





Gomk  ·  3119 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The thing is with reddit, people don't really use it beyond the front page subreddits, and opinionated subreddits. Since I removed the funny, atheism and similar subreddits from my feed, it became a useful tool. Basically I kept only science, books, technology, startup and psychology subreddits. I get a lot of interesting articles that way, without the drama.

Owl  ·  3146 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Same here. My point/argument, upvoted or downvoted, is still my point. If someone doesn't want to engage it because I have downvotes, then I don't think I want to hear them. Upvotes or downvotes shouldn't change the validity of my argument. A racist post with faulty arguments is still invalid even if it has all the upvotes and is at the front page.

Meanwhile I tend to post on throwaways on reddit anyways, so I mind the downvotes even less.

wiffleaxe  ·  3145 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sure, but it's about visibility and about normalizing attitudes and behaviors. A post with 500 upvotes saying "OP is a faggot" and a response at -20 saying "hey, that's not cool to say" is going to make people think that it's 1. okay to call others faggots and 2. discouraged to speak up against that kind of language.

Downvotes really are distributed silencing mechanisms. They reduce people's ability to see, and willingness to consider, contradictory viewpoints.