Would you negatively rate posts for moral reasons?

Australia
April 5, 2008 3:35am CST
If a person had done something that you, personally, find morally reprehensible, would you give their posts a negative rating based on a moral objection to the person rather than the actual content of the post? For example, if the person had admitted in another discussion that they had kicked their dog and you're a dog lover, would you negatively rate other posts from them, whether they had anything to do with that issue or not. As a lesbian I sometimes wonder whether homophobic people would negatively rate my posts simply because they disagreed with my lifestyle. So come on, honest answers here please... it does you no harm to admit it (it's not like anyone could come round and bash you for it)
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
6 Apr 08
No I definitly would not. I have read some posts on here that i absolutly disagree with but have rated positive for the respectful and thoughtful way that they presented their opinions. I only rate negative when someone is being very, rude and ignorant. I even don't rate negative if it is slightly rude if there is no name-calling or down right belittling of the other person. i very very rarly rate someone negative. I rate positive when I see good responses and ignore the others as a rule. I almost never hit "report" button.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Yes, I'm the same... would only rate negative if a person was being abusive. Most responses here have stated the same and a few have said even then they wouldn't. I notice that so far no-one has admitted to doing it. Probably don't want people to know who they are as I'm certain that there are some here that would do that. So far I have never given a negative rating.
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@paid2write (5202)
5 Apr 08
I think it is an interesting question. I would never give a negative rating to a response just because I held a different view or opinion. If someone admitted to something which is legally or morally wrong, such as the first example you give, I think I would go so far as reporting that person for openly admitting to kicking an animal. I am never judgemental about other people's lifestyles, so that would not be a problem I would have to face.
• Australia
6 Apr 08
I wouldn't either... but I would imagine that petty differences of opinion would occur on here and that some immature people would go around negatively rating all posts by the person who had offended them. LIke you, I would probably report illegal activity.
@madlees (1381)
• India
6 Apr 08
Till now I have not done any negative rating to anyone. But I know I have got but what I don't know is the reason for it. Maybe for coming out with my opinions frankly. What one does say or do is their personal opinion. So if they give an opposite version as to what you say here, is not the reason for rating negative. Maybe if I see any vulgar post or an immoral post I might do or for that matter rude ones too. Not for the problems of ones life style. That is his / her own life style. All the best
• Australia
6 Apr 08
Who can really say why people negatively rate discussions and responses? According to most of the people who have responded here, they would only give a negative rating for abusive posts. Obviously, not all mylot users are the same. According to my rating (93/100) approximately 7% of mylotters negatively rate my posts... So what, it really doesn't matter... I'm not going to cry myself to sleep at night over it The fact is that I am now old enough to recognise that I don't need people's approval... if I had a rating under 50 I'd probably be looking to see what I was doing wrong... making posts too short... inappropriate content etc. In short, I would try to improve it. Not so much to gain the approval but to make sure I was making a worthwhile contribution to discussions. For example, you see some people respond to a discussion with a 'me too!'... what good does a response like that do apart from adding an extra post to the number of posts you've made? That's assuming that admin don't just delete the post and take the point back.
@madlees (1381)
• India
6 Apr 08
See my score I haven't done anything either.. I have been posting regularly and I have never done any one line too. Maybe my opinion and theirs doesn't match. Those who answered your discussion need not necessarily rate negative, the others can do it. Those who do that will never come to these discussions to say that they do rate like that. Isn't it? But I don't care for that. I am just making my cents count and getting it. That's all.
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• Australia
7 Apr 08
Well, out of 14 responses so far, only one person has stated that they would negatively rate a persons post simply on the grounds that they don't like the person. You're probably right though... most of them wouldn't admit to it... which tells me that their conscience doesn't like it. A rep of 7 is good though... at least 70% of people find your responses helpful. I would only be concerned if it dropped under the 50% mark. But as you say, the reputation isn't the be all/end all, as long as you contribute to the best of your ability.
@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
6 Apr 08
No I don't think I have done that. I a person's posts are acceptable, responses are appropriate to the discussion and what they have said is not deliberately offensive then I will not give a negative. I only give negatives to people who are really horrible and who give unnecessary or rude responses. Usually if I don't personally agree with something I will ignore it or give a positive rating anyway if I think they have been fair in what they've said.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Yes, for me it just depends on the content of individual posts. Even if I totally HATED a person... it wouldn't make me go in and negatively rate all of the persons topics or responses. If I felt a post was unnecesarily aggressive, hateful, abusive or whatever, I would give it a negative rating.. but not because I didn't like the person. As far as I'm concerned, even people you don't like have valid opinions.
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• United Kingdom
6 Apr 08
Yes, that's true. There are people on here who I didn't like, some who I had disagreements with. Where I thought they were being unreasonable I would give a negative but even if I thought there opinions were completely ridiculous, I still would give them a positive if they said something I thought was good. I think it's quite sad of some people to follow certain users just to give then negatives or to give a negative just because they happen to have disagreed before when they haven't even read what they are rating.
@eddy9898 (34)
• Australia
6 Apr 08
Yeh i was probs would, but you see thats just my personality and how i was raised. Most people would be like me and doing negative comments and ratings, but there is some people out there who dont and just respect that persons idea. Guarantee there would only be a few people in this world like that.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Welcome to MyLot eddy... and thank you so much for being honest. I understand that you are saying you would negatively rate a post. But are you also agreeing that you would negatively rate every post a person made if you didn't like the person? BTW... I have given you a positive rating for your willingness to be honest.
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@duranv (517)
• Honduras
6 Apr 08
I don't think I would rate anyone negatively, besides I tend to think many of the more personal discussions here are not even based on events that have happened to the person posting, perhaps they have heard of them happening to someone else,so I believe even taking a negative attitude because of a post is not necessary. And when it comes down to it, if you feel you don't like what another person expresses in his or her posts, or you just don't like that person, all you have to do is not read their posts. As for a person's lifestyle I guess that it's their personal choice and my opinion is frankly unimportant.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Yes, we always have a choice whether to read a persons posts or not and while our opinions are important to us we should never expect other people to live by our code.
• United States
6 Apr 08
Interesting question, but me I never give negative ratings. Its kind of like it you don't have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all. I just won't give a rating if I find the topic immoral. In my opinion everyone is entitled to their own views and one should not be given a negative rating just because a person does not agree with them. I only give the positive rating and like I said if I disagree I just will not rate it at all. Your not hurting the persons rating but your also not helping it.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Good philosophy phillygirl... I frequently bite my tongue (figuratively) to stop myself making negative comments about others for the same reason. I would rather look for the good in people than focus on the negatives... not that it does them any good, but when you constantly focus on negatives it can make you personally feel very 'down'. Having said that, I would give a negative rating to someone who became abusive. Abuse is NEVER cool!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
6 Apr 08
No, I wouldn't rate someone down because their moral code doesn't follow mine. Abuse is different than morals though I think. I don't even rate the discussions negative when I vehemently disagree with them.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
I agree entirely about not giving negative ratings even when I vehemently disagree with the poster. We all have our opinions and are entitled to them. As I said in another response, mylot is a network of tremendous cultural and emotional diversity... that's one of the things that makes it interesting. Quite frankly, I think it would be boring to live in a world where everyone agreed with everyone
@Stiletto (4584)
6 Apr 08
Well my initial response was going to be no of course I wouldn't negatively rate someone for moral reasons and I can't imagine anyone else thinking it was ok to do that either. Then when I thought about it some more I suppose the honest answer would be that I wouldn't consciously negatively rate someone for those reasons. However, if I had read something from them that I very strongly felt was wrong I suppose it's possible that would affect my perception of their other posts too, in other words I would be starting out with a negative view of that person before I even read what they had to say. Does that make sense? I'm not sure if it does lol! Actually I very rarely negatively rate anyone anyway. I'm tempted to say I've never done it but I may have once or twice and just forgotten about it. I'm trying to think of a circumstance where I would be likely to do so and I can't. If I found a post truly offensive I would report it rather than give it a negative rating. To be honest I don't really see the point of the negative rating button!
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
Like you, I can't imagine people thinking it's okay to engage in behaviour like this... but I'm sure there are a small minority on mylot who allow differences of opinion to negatively color their perception of all of a persons posts. I know for a fact that I have never given a negative rating...though if a person were being abusive then I would consider it... if not giving a negative rating then at least reporting the post because mylot do not tolerate abuse of members.
@lishiwei (1553)
• China
6 Apr 08
I think there is no wrong of lesbian or the first example.If they like they can do everything they like and there is nobody can stop them.I think this is very comman so I won't care of it.
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• Australia
6 Apr 08
I think if it came to 'illegal' activity like confessions of abuse (either to animals or humans) I would be tempted to report a person. But that is no reason to negatively rate discussions. Further, I would never consciously give a person a negative rating due to past experiences with that person. I take each post as it comes and rate accordingly. If I ever found that a particular person constantly responded to my responses or discussion in a hostile manner then I would simply avoid that person. If they persisted in being abusive I would probably report abuse... without necessarily giving a negative rating to their post.
10 Apr 08
It seems so petty to mark down a negative, simply because you might disagree with someone. I don't think I have ever marked more than a handful of negatives since I joined here. There may be many reasons why you don't agree or approve but there is no need to hit the negative simply for that reason. If I don't agree with someone's posting then so be it, but I won't mark negative
• Australia
10 Apr 08
I take the attitude of live and let live... I don't want someone telling me how to live my life so I'm not about to tell others how to live theirs. As I've said on mylot many times, life would be boring if we were all the same. So yeah, I wouldn't rate negative just because I had a 'bee in my bonnet' about someone.
• New Zealand
10 Apr 08
I don't judge people for their lifestyle choices either but I'm sure there are some people who feel that the world should live to "their" rules and may rate you lower. A last comment:- DAMN I've no chance now then have I. LOOOOOOL
• Australia
10 Apr 08
LOL rover... none of us do have any chance... considering the number of various philosophies of life that exist. No matter how we live we will ALWAYS step on SOMEONES toes!