There are no rules on when you can vote other than that you can’t vote on the same post/comment from more than one account.
I disagree with you a lot, but one thing I can assure you I am not a participant of your community, or bother with downvoting every post.
I might only downvote when the news puts me off too much due to bias or such concerns, and that would only be the case if I saw the news in my global feed.
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Admins that run their own Lemmy instance can choose to disable downvoting completely in the admin settings iirc I noticed last time I had a self-hosted instance. A great option by the developers imho.
Votes mean almost nothing right now. The rate at which posts come in is far from fast enough that a single downvote will bury a post like would happen on Reddit. I feel like at most a post will move down maybe one rank or something. Plus, that’s only in the global pages, if every post in your community is being downvoted, it cancels out. We’re also thinking about ways to tweak the ranking algorithm so early downvotes are weighed less heavily.
It instantly moves down in comments though
Not necessarily. Soferman’s comment is at -1 while you’re at 2 as I type this, and his comment is above yours because it’s new enough compared to yours to outweigh the point ranking.
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Yeah that’s the solution that I’ve been using for a while and it’s been great.
It’d be nice if at some point instance admins or community mods were able to enforce their own sorting method and vote visibility. Or at least offer their own default.
Taking away the downvote option then people still can upvote and the interesting content can still float on top of the front-pages but it will get rid of the silent downvotes from people who downvote whatever they like to downvote for whatever (silly?) reasons. And with self-hosting you are in the drivers seat ;)
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