"The downvotes only prove I'm right."
"I'm so sorry for not being part of the reddit hivemind."
"Do you even reddiquette?"
So like everybody on the internet, I've become pretty aware of this like system thing that's been popular lately all over social media and forums and such. I've also noticed that people really, really hate downvotes(dislikes) when I occasionally check reddit for discussion about something. (It all started with r/MonsterHunter...)
I get that people generally want to be liked and all, and that on Reddit in particular (given that I don't use social media to see what happens there first-hand) causes your posts to become hidden when sufficiently downvoted, but...how many people even check the amount of likes you have? This particularly applies to a place where you are forced to be anonymous enough to forgo an avatar. I get pretty disappointed when a question I have gets utterly buried under a bunch of other posts about some trivial thing too, but that's mainly because questions need attention to be answered. Most downvoted comments do not really ask about something.
It just seems to be such an invisible form of social pressure/reputation. It's not like you even receive a notice when you get dislikes, and even on another forum I'm on I disabled the notification for when I get a like since it doesn't provide anything worth looking at. The reasons for dislikes pretty much parallel real life too, anyway.