posted on Jun, 19 2014 @ 08:07 AM
a reply to: OrphanApology
So you are saying that without a negative star metric to balance the system, you believe it has no value? Let me ask you this then. When you see a
post which you believe to be in error, or of a low quality, do you not point that out to the member responsible in the thread?
Sometimes, I will see a post which irks me in a thread, and I will respond to the points made in that post, or explain what is wrong with it, or the
premise upon which it is based. That is constructive, because it offers the person to whom I address those comments, the opportunity to respond to my
criticism, and the opportunity to learn from it. If all I did was to negative star their post, and move on, they might end up with a fat batch of
negative stars, and no idea what it is they did to deserve them.
However, on the other side of the coin, if a member posts a great response to a thread, then it would be idiotic for people to have to express their
agreement by posting rather than starring, because then threads would turn into a mess, with people congratulating one another all over the shop,
rather than actually discussing the issue at hand.
I think that there are some damned good reasons for the way the site works, and removing stars certainly will not improve matters. In fact, it could
make things a damn site worse than they are!