My comment on the wow-forum vote system.
Posted by Zugrah
Now, we have had the voting system in place for a while on the EU forums now. WoW players gets to upvote or downvote other players posts.
While this seems nice and fine on the paper, it sadly opens for a cesspit of abuse.
We saw it as a MVP once posted a helpful post on the Argent Dawn EU forum, and got 120 dislikes, as the reply was perhaps less well thought out. It was followed up by an infamous goblin from the Iron Vultures, who made a post on customers forum, congratulating said MVP on “being the most disliked person ever on Argent Dawn forum.”
We have seen it countless times, as a dwarf made himself unpopular due to some events on alliance. He has not been able to post anything ever since, without getting heavily downvoted, no matter how friendly and helpful his posts might be from time to time. I’m not saying his previous actions were alright, I don’t know the factual happenings well enough to take a side, but what is happening nowadays is pure bullying if you ask me.
Finally I can give myself as example. I have a couple people on the realm, who dislikes me for various reasons, I also have a person who has stalked me for 1,5 years ingame and on twitter, after I kicked him from a guild due to bad behaviour.
I’ve received friendly messages like this one, ingame:
And the up- and downvotes are just another way for him to be after me. Often my guilds recruitment page had all their posts downvoted -1 on all posts, so we had to go upvote it after, to even it out. I cannot prove it’s him ofcourse, but I feel rather convinced, as he has shown a rather large stamina in his efforts so far.
I decided to give out money to random strangers on the realm, together with a friend, during the Christmas we gave out 27k gold, promoting friendly, helpful attitudes. We decided to repeat it to celebrate our realm turning 10 years on February 11th, and even posting a thread like that, gets me downvoted by those who hate me.
This has caused me to not write much more on realm forum, any RP guides I’ll make in the future, will be placed on my blog instead.
I know several others have stopped writing on wow forums due to downvoting-abuse, and frankly it saddens me to see the good, constructive, friendly posters being shunned away by this.