turbof1 wrote:How many of these posts were more to belief then fact?
Imo, you are ironically stepping on your own rule: you take it automatically as a fact that what other people belief as a fact. Just assuming that people wanted to present their ideas as fact is blatantly wrong and imo is the same principle as religious fanaticism. Even if they really intended to present it as a fact, downvoting isn't leading to anything productive. This is a discussion forum; you are supposed to present your own view on things and perhaps try to convince the other person where he was wrong, or like whiteblue said "agree to disagree". Downvoting is meant for posts that are none-constructive, like personal attacks or insistingly staying off topic. But that also means you have to try. Just assuming it will end up in a fued is never going to get you anywhere; I think you would be suprised how many people would actually be willing to be reasoned with as long as you don't step on anybodies toes. And even when that fails, there is no shame in showing to be the better man and walking away.
I am guessing I get a downvote for that?
Aside from the fact that there are no votes here, not at all. Your statement was clearly expressed; it considered the facts in hand; and it contributed to the discussion.
It was in no way belligerent, nor did it willfully ignore or conveniently forget the views expressed by others. It didn't seek to obfuscate the issue, nor was it biased. You didn't even make any "intellectual leaps of faith" or invent a "truth" or two. In other words, your statement was entirely reasonable.
My posts have been voted down dozens of times for one reason or another. I was perplexed by them at first - we all think we know best - but I never felt the need to create a thread and continually bitch about it. (That's not to say you
do, by the way.) Instead, I learned that some of my character traits aren't necessarily appreciated here and that sometimes you just can't win no matter what. Either way, it's not a big deal. We're not curing cancer here; we're talking about grown-ass men and their expensive toys.
Besides, it's not like votes are immutable. If anyone sees something they think is helpful, they can vote it up even if it's already been voted down.
It's funny how people react when free will doesn't exactly go the way they'd like it to.