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Yes, I neg-rep frequently, even just for things that irritate me
Yes, I neg-rep frequently, and for good reason
Yes, I neg rep occasionly, but only for good reason
No, I have never neg-repped, but am not opposed to doing it in the future
No, I have never neg-repped, and I never plan to
After some discussion in the ANZAC Clan, it came to light that many, like myself, have never neg-repped before, and never plan on doing so. Others, have made more liberal use of it, for good reason I'd presume.
I'd like to know what everyone's thoughts on neg-repping are - have you ever done it before, would you ever plan to, what constitutes a neg-rep worthy post, whether it just perpetuates a cycle of neg-repping etc. Also, if you do neg-rep, where do you mostly do it? In the forum proper, in Enhanced Discussion, etc.
Personally, I see it as unfair to the person being neg-repped, regardless of how bad their post was. If it was bad enough to constitute a piece of their reputation being stripped away, then mods are probably taking action anyway, whether it be a warning, supsension, ban etc.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
I have never neg-repped one but I'm not opposed to doing it if someone has "deserved" it.
IMO most post are not worthy of neg-repping, even if they are bad ones. Everyone can't be experts at the English language or have a degree in writing-skillz or something like that.
I would neg-rep someone if they would have repetedly done very bad posts (grammar, manners, etc.) and refuse to change no matter what people have told him. Then he's worthy of neg-repping (and probably a ban to).
I've neg-repped I think three or four times. But I agree with you Dr_Nick. I think some people use the system a little too much.
I can see individual hits of rep a person has received and I find more often then not that members who have posted something worthy of neg rep get annihilated because normal members cannot see if that person has already been neg repped or not. They just do it anyway. That is where the flaw in the system lies.
Of course if someone is a complete ass then I'll just lack the smackdown on them mod style ^_^
I have neg-repped probably twice. I feel that each time has been warranted. Having said that I do agree with Stonehambey, that several people neg-repping the same person can be bit of a hit.
I would suggest that to improve on this system that there be a limit on how much neg-rep one post can receive. For example, you may not lose more than 10% of your current rep for one post, ie if you have 10 rep then you can only lose 1, if you have 100 rep then you could lose 10 for a blunder. You should know better by the time you reach a high level of rep so the punishment is worse.
I think the idea of neg rep is to allow the community to police itself without the need for mod intervention. It's kind of meant to be an indication of how the rest of the community views your conduct, a slap on the wrist before the mod-hammer falls, if you will.
Just an idea though
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I negrep sometimes.
Not very often though maybe once every second month or so. If someone just has low skills of writing/thinking or if there is something I find bad mannered/stupid (like in sigs and such) I often just send them a PM and tell the person "I find this not very nice maybe you could change your sig/improve your spelling" or whatever instead.
But sometimes... a person is just behaving very badly. Yelling out in a foul way.
Then I get a bit upset and hit the negrep. I do however always leave my name and an explanation.
Oh, and I negrep some people who are begging for it, they exsist believe me. Monkeykeepers and such.
Once and only once have I even considered using neg-rep. There was, briefly, an infamous member of the Daemonhunters forum (those of you who were there will know to whom I refer) that broke nearly every courtesy and LO forum rule with each and every post. His grammar was bad, he was rude, spiteful, and sometimes just plain mean. He was banned once in fairly short order, then bragged about how he came back with just a slightly different username, only to be banned again. I actually tried to neg rep him for one especially ugly post he made, but at the time I didn't have the capability to do so (perhaps because I wasn't then enhanced). I did report the post to a mod, however, who was very responsive.
But this case I mention is so extreme, and was dealt with so easily by the DH forum members and LO mods that I can't see how neg-repping serves much purpose. In my opinion, any post or series of posts that deserves neg-repping is probably from a member who deserves police action from LO mods anyway. Since that's one of the primary reasons to even have mods, I prefer to just leave the job to them. Though I'll be happy to voice my opinion on the matter about or to the offending member either in-forum or via PM.
Summary answer: I don't believe in personally neg-repping. If something is really that bad, report to a mod instead for action.
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I don't really see the point in it myself.
I see a lot of high schoolers on here, and I know I didn't have a very good grasp of written English when I was in high school. So why would I complain about something that's fairly normal.
And then there are posts where people get.... emotional about things (quite a few on the enhanced forum). And I know that when I'm in a huff I tend to type in a dyslexic manner, so I find that acceptable too.
Any behavior that's inappropriate gets caught by the mods and handled. Doing more than that will simply get people angry at the forums, and we'd have a bunch of kids out there who would spam us like it was a job...which brings to mind the old GW forums.
I wouldn't remove neg-repping though, there are moments when I can see it would have its uses.
Funny the word "neg-repping" comes up as "ego-tripping" in spell check.
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I would never neg-rep for grammar or because I disagreed with the persons opinion regardless of how stupid it was. I have neg-repped for people insulting others especially insulting newer members which I think is one of the worst things to do on a forum that wants to be inclusive and friendly.
I have been neg-repped once for posting a thread that was funny but silly. (is Abbadon really a big deal? Now in my blog). The thread should have been locked I guess, but neg repping was a bit harsh in my opinion.
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One of my friends once made a post saying something like:
w00t Bobo thats an uber ninja army of death!!!
He got neg repped 3 or 4 times for doing so.
Basically whenever someone offends/insults me on LO I ask for an apology. I've received one everytime. If I ever don't get an apology I guess I'll make use of the neg-rep button but that hasn't happened so far.
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I think I've neg-repped once.
I think it was justified and the offending party was soon banned anyway.
But normally, I'll PM someone, telling them that a Mod wouldn't allow what they are saying and that they should self edit before someone else does.
I try and be as nice as possible, and normally, that's all.
But some people just come to be destructive and the mods soon stop any funny business.
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