While understand and appreciate your side of the argument for the downvote, I happen to agree with the developer of the software:
- systems of fact, data, and science can benefit from downvotes, because statements can be scientifically proven to a reasonable degree.
- systems of opinion do not benefit from downvotes and are in fact materially and seriously harmed by them, because nobody can prove an opinion. Empathy is the order of the day in opinion systems.
As I have mentioned earlier in this topic, this software doesn’t support down voting.
We will not be implementing custom code to create the feature for us.
I tend to the default of: If these guys are building it this way, there is very good reason for it. It’s their business and product.
They feel so strongly that when asked to add it you get this response from the founder of Discourse:
However his co founder has asked door sponsors to gage the need to create it as a core option. If you would like to sponsor the development of it as official core function, you are welcome to do so.
See this topic, here
But here is a snippet:
How much do you want this? It would probably take a few months to build properly so 20-30k dollars seems like a pretty reasonable budget for it.
Do you feel 20 thousand dollars passionately that this feature is missing from Discourse?