In what case do you give someone a negative rating

@coolcatzz (1587)
Canada
February 25, 2007 8:47am CST
I'd like to hear everyone's opinions on this. I have no problem going through and rating responses and I know when I should give someone a + which is pretty obvious. My question is when do YOU give someone a negative rating. For example I was just reading the topic "do you believe in the power of prayer" now many people answered yes and that's it. Does that warrant a negative rating or do you just skip over them. Sometimes you only get a few words for an answer. I just don't know if that really justifies a - or not. What do you guys think?
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46 responses
@rosie_123 (6118)
25 Feb 07
I am actually quite sparing with negative ratings. If someone only contributes with a couple of words, or one line, then I just tend to skip over them, and not rate at all. I save my neg ratings almost exclusively for spam, or total unpleasantness, and rudeness. For example, the other day I was reading through one of my topics, and found a totally unrelated link saying something like "hey check this out, and earn money", or something similar, with a referral link. That got a negative from me straight away, especially as I saw the same person post the same thing in many of my friends' discussions. Another example, was when I was reading through one of my topics, and found a really rude one saying that the topic was stupid, and uninteresting, and I deserved a negative for starting it, - well he got one from me too! If I see a thread that doesn't interest me, I just ignore it, - I don't wade in to cause trouble, and I consider it to be Internet harrassment. I also once neg repped someone who entered a thread about someone's cat dying, and said virtually that it was the owner's fault for not looking after her pet well enough. That was not only obviously untrue, but the thread starter was obviously devastated, and the comments were cruel, and insensitive to a very sad young girl. Other than that - I tend to spread the love and give only positives!
• India
25 Feb 07
I abide by the Mylot rules, and rate a response negetive, when I find reason enough. The reasons are as follows: 1) I rate one liners negetive, if I think the topic they responded to, deserved more than just one line. 2) I rate it negetive when I find the response abusive, or impolite. But, I generally try not to rate negetive, because that will spoil his/her reputation.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I only give negative ratings on those responses that seem a harsh, rude . I haven't come across many.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I'm harse and I'm rude but your response is irritating. I give POSITIVEs out when the person is honest, even if the person is rude or even if the opinion is opposite from mine. Who are you Monicathinks407 the RUDE POLICE?
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I wouldn't give a negative for that. A question was posed and answered. I'd give that one a positive even if it is one answer. Frankly, some of the questions on here don't rate a paragraph of response. Also, there should be a little allowance for the fact that some Mylotians use English as a second language. In my opinion there is entirely TOO much use made of the negative button. If some one pops in with an off the wall response that doesn't relate to the discussion, I just don't rate it at all. I would ONLY give a negative for profanity or extreme rudeness. To date, I've never given anyone a negative although I did once report someone for cutting and pasting one of my responses.
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25 Feb 07
if a comment is just 'yes' then its kind of a wast of time rating it but i say u should only be rely negative if ther is any hate or any kind of ism's i.e sexism, racism. or somthin plainly stupid and poitnless =)
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I will give negatives for one-word answers. I will also give negatives for people who reply with a couple words and then they write nonsense afterwards to make it look like they wrote more. I give them for people who haven't read what I actually wrote. I have a topic where MOST of the people didn't even bother reading what i had wrote and just assumed that the title of the topic what it. And it wasn't. In many cases I will also report them to mylot with my complaint and reason for giving the negative. I will report and rate negatively anyone who has obviously copy and pasted their response.
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I'm new to all this, and I haven't given a negative raing yet, but I think I would only give it to disrespectful, rude, harsh, or unnecessary responses to discussions. I would only want to give a negative rating to support the person who the negative response is attacking. -ML
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I have given negative ratings to posts that are off-topic, dont offer input, rude and disrespectful. I dont think a negative rating should be given for yes or no questions. If you asked for their opinion, that would be different.
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
25 Feb 07
I have only given a negative rating a few times. I had someone answering with a couple of words that made no sense and had nothing to do with the topic. The person did this several times. i thought that was a good reason for a neg.rating. I also came agross someone who tped an answer like this: nuienfvørvre. Got another neg.rating from me. i think it might warrant a negative rating if people answer with just one word. at least if the discussion clearly askes for more than that. I find rating quite hard. you have clearly thought this through. I'm sure you'll do a good job at it following your feelings on each answer.
• United States
25 Feb 07
I don't usually give people a negative rating, but I have. One instance was I asked a question and the person wrote back about something that didn't have to do with my question, it was like he didn't even read it. But it is irritating when people don't give complete answers to questions and they just answer yes or no, but I would just skip over them unless they continued to answer your questions that way.
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@disvachic (10121)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Really the only time i give (-) is when somebody is being very rude or disrespectful.If theres a discussion i dont like i just dont respond.Why bother,but yea thats the only time i will do that.Every body is free to express their feelings.
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@weemam (13377)
26 Feb 07
I give everyone a =as a thank you , I have only ever give 4- one was for a rude and disgusting response , the other 3 were for the same person who left me 3 in a row all with no response only a spam for the website , pretty good going i think only 4 out of all I have done xx
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I only give negative rating to people who answer discussions with a 1 or 2 word response or those that have obviously only read the tagline and not the entire post. I will give positive ratings to anyone who gives a clear, appropriate response to my discussion whether or not they agree or disagree with my opinions.
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
26 Feb 07
The thing is I never give negatives. I think that is mean because 1) if I think the person is rude/offensive then I use the (!), 2) if the person broke myLot's rule I report with (!), 3) if I don't agree and the person gives a short answer I don't give anything (+) or (-). I posted a similar question you may want to look in my profile, over 100 people responded. I just cannot justify giving a (-) when we are all here to discuss and we are going to have different opinions and all. Have a nice day. Pablo
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I don't usually give any negative ratings unless someone responds with some three worder that doesn't have anything to do with the discussion and you can see they are only wanting to get credit for a post. I don't give anyone negative ratings just because they disagree with me. I will give a negative rating to someone who is rude to me or rude to someone else in the thread. Other than that I say "live and let live".
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@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
I put negative rating to someone who response my discussions that who dont understand what i am trying to convey!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I will give a negative rating if a person gives one answer. Or if they are not speaking correctly to where I cant understand them.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
well I have used positive for anything that is a real answer, if it is one or two words or even 1 sentence I don't rate it. If it is rude it is coded abuse. example of abuse, somebody asked me if I had a brain because they didn't like my question.
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@Miriel (1043)
• Norway
26 Feb 07
To be honest with you I have never given anyone a negative rating. I always rate the discussions I participate in , and the discussions I start myself with a + rating. If I ever would give out a negative rating I would do so if someone answered one of my discussions with an answer that is totally off topic.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I have never once given a negative rating. I figure if someone takes the time to answer my discussions they deserve a plus. if its a one word answer. I just don't rate them at all. I really don't thing negative ratings should be here except for spammers. Some people just don't know the rules and if you explain to them that one word answers aren't a good thing then they usually understand more.
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