I see the
system as being a passive aggressive jab at a user, or to rail against an
ideology (Pick any religion related video at random).
Videosift (yes I speak of it as an entity) likes it or not, the voting system
is at the mercy of competing website and their rule-sets. Let's look at YouTube
for an example:
about the content of the video for a moment, with the exception of the first
card of the video (specifically disclaimer no.3). It states:
I will disable voting on comments - not because I mind certain comments being
thumbed up, but because these people have a habit of thumbing down their
opposition's comments to the point where they don't show on the page unless you
click them. I want all the comments to be visible in the section."
happened next; the users / haters who could no longer down vote a comment /
video now marked comments as spam , as a more seditious form of censorship. The
YouTube users are also the same users that visit videosift (a blanket
statement, my aim is not to say all sifters are horrible). They have already a
pre-conceived rule-set in their mind and apply it to videosift.
videos and ideologies that I don't like. I as an atheist, do not have a problem
with Christian / Muslim (whatever denomination) pro videos getting published /
sifted. In fact, these videos can spawn some great discussion in the comment
sections. What I won't do is down vote it; to prevent it from getting
make the argument though, by me not voting for the video; is also an attempt to
prevent the video from getting published. I see the contradiction in the
argument and choose to ignore it
Now let me play
devil's advocate for a devout Christian (I physically patted myself on the back,
when I wrote that sentence): I wish to sift / publish the works of the bible,
because I believe other sifters may enjoy them. However, every time I submit a
video it gets down voted including my comments (however respectful they maybe
(case example: shinnyblurry, he/she consistently get's down
voted. All I see is a difference of opinion)). What is the motivation in my continuing
involvement, in the 'sift' community? My personality and point of view is
clearly not welcome.
of this in, the system is made worse by high profile video sift personalities
(@ant, @mintbbb, @Zifnab, @Issykitty and @NetRunner; calm down I'm not hating on you guys ).
If I was to disagree with any of the said personalities; I am now at the mercy
of the @ant army (once again, I physically patted myself on the back, when I
wrote that sentence). Followers will come to the defence of said people, as if
I was a heretic. A problem of which is created from a cult of personality.
All of this
a say with a grain of salt. Removing the down voting system will not stop haters
from hating. What it will do however, is stop haters from punishing other users
for submitting videos and people who wish to view them.
My aim of
this blog is to see how we can all help the sift community flourish, with a
wide variety of people and different points of view, with a better quality of discourse.
P.S. I understand that in my arguments above,
that they sounded pedantic and that videosift was infested with a rampant
virus; but it was an attempt at illustrating a small point. I also take issues
to the extreme point, which may or may not have happened in the past (I've only
been here for a year). I'm not saying "This system must be removed, for I
am ... ZDM!", because this is @lucky760 and @dag train set (I'm sure there are
others who I am rudely ignoring). Nor am I calling for the user ban stick to be
waved around. I'm just putting a thought out there.