Disliking a forum post allows you to respectfully, yet anonymously disagree with the post without either flagging or posting a controversial reply. They serve as good moderation and reduce censorship.
However, whenever they have been brought up, they have been met with a varied range of backlash. Here are the main problems:
-They say you disagree but don’t say why.
-They can be abused and used as a weapon.
-It can be a bad experience to get many dislikes on a post you created, even though you think it’s good.
For these reasons, dislikes are not a feature on the developer forum. However, there are a lot of problems with the system as it is:
-You’re unable to disagree with a post without either flagging (which may not be necessary if it doesn’t actually break any rules) or opening your public profile up to backlash.
-Because people don’t want to post negative replies due to backlash, this creates global “echo chambers” where only popular opinions can prosper.
-Additionally, having no dislike option contributes to forum rage - if you don’t like a post but are scared to say it publicly, you’re bound to get annoyed and people act irrationally when they’re angry.
So, here is my idea for a new feature: Anonymous Replying.
-You can reply to a post anonymously (staff can still see the author if it gets flagged.)
-People aren’t afraid to share unpopular opinions or critiques anymore, but they still can’t spam or flame-bait due to user flags.
-More varied opinions on the forum. Most people are lurkers, and I suspect a strong reason for this is the urge to stay anonymous.
-Your digital footprint that shows all of your opinions on the forum is reduced.
-The staff will probably get less flag reports to deal with, as people are satisfied instead with sending a critical reply!
I don’t expect this to amount to anything but hopefully the forum will begin to move in the right direction.
Post any critiques below!