I made a lot of general remarks that aren’t directed at you personally so for that sorry if you did take it personal. I wasn’t attacking you nor was I trying to argue with you or bait anyone.
By full-quoting me, you sounded like you were addressing me personally. And if you were, then you would be running off on a whole bunch of assumptions about what I just said which made no sense. That’s why I thought you were baiting
If I just worded myself badly and didn’t make myself clear, then I’ll own that and admit it was my fault for mis-communicating. I apologize
But we misunderstand each other. Lets take this one step at a time.
If you reserve down votes for shitposts of the lowest kind, did you downvote RandomMan? His post was upvoted several times where SweatyKiller was downvoted. Why is that?
Randomman did not make a shitpost “of the lowest kind”. I have criteria, which I did state.
“shitposts of the lowest kinds”
This does not include just any shitpost in general. I didn’t elaborate on this because I figured that was self explanatory
“I will absolutely downvote shitty posts like ultra-long spam posts full of nothing. I discourage that’
Here I explain what a shitpost of the lowest kind is. Yes, ultra-long spam posts full of nothing is the type of post that I discourage because I hate having to scroll past plenty of nothing to get to something, or worse: have that ruin a good topic. And similarly other posts that are hateful, abusive, inflammatory or disruptive will get downvoted by me.
However such posts are quite rare here. And posts that you, Sweatie and RM make often don’t fall under that criteria. I know you guys. You don’t so much shitpost as you do just crack jokes and have fun.
We all shitpost here, me, you, everyone. I certainly can tell the difference between a shitpost that’s all in good fun and others that are malevolent. I’d be a terrible mod if I couldn’t. It’s unnecessary on my part to regulate the harmless casual shitpost that doesn’t disrupt the thread
But like you say, what defines a shitpost is subjective. I can say I disallow all shitposting, but only if I redefine shitposts as posts that don’t have any redeeming value, not even lulz. When it comes to simply not being constructive, you already know I’m quite lenient and may not even consider that shitposting so long as you have a sense of humor about it.
Yes, I support constructive posts. No, I don’t demand it, nor expect it
So to answer your question: why did RM get upvoted and Sweatie didn’t? Well I’d say both posts equally have their wits. Though the difference is that Sweatie specifically stated that he enjoys being downvoted, sexually. And since we’re all hot for Sweatie, I guess we just wanted to please him
Even though we have some serious discussions here in the forums, posting a meme to convey your feels, levity, etc. should be rewarded not discouraged.
I don’t think anyone has said anything against them. Posts that don’t do anything but express a reaction at least offer some kind of message that communicates where you stand on things. I wouldn’t, and didn’t consider them worthy of downvotes
According to your logic, I don’t like your opinion and I should downvote you.
If this wasn’t directly aimed at me, then you shouldn’t have full-quoted me. This is my logic:
“I upvote people who post highly constructive content/contributions”
“I will even upvote an argument made against me if it was really well constructed”
“I won’t downvote people I feel are being stupid or wrong or because I just don’t like them”
And now you understand why I wasn’t sure if you read my post.
I make it clear that I do not downvote people over petty reasons and nobody should. And although I am not perfect and fail often; I at least make an attempt not to inject personal bias into my voting. This isn’t so important when rating jokes and chatter, but it’s something I’ll codify when it comes to debate. Being civil on the internet absolutely means understanding that there will be opinions and idea’s that you can disagree with, but no matter what; one should not be punishing people for expressing opinion. Attack the claim, not the person. This is something I have always believed since I came here and you can rest assured that nobody here ever got downvoted by me for simply stating their opinion.
So just because someone puts together a good soliloquy shouldn’t be an auto upvote on a site that is about lulz.
I’m not saying you should all do that. This is just my personal philosophy: reward good contributions. And I feel quite at liberty to reward people who I believe make constructive posts just like I feel at liberty to reward any that makes me laugh, or delivers. This is not too imply that those who don’t fully contribute are not appreciated by me.
Also good contribution =/= soliloquy. A good contribution is a good contribution. A post that is accurate, truthful, answers the questions, offers solutions or presents results. It doesn’t have to be a novel.
I woudn’t upvote something just because it’s well written. Even spambots can make really articulate posts