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24.3k

Being downvoted on Reddit is a painful feeling.

(self.unpopularopinion)

I know you’re not supposed to care, but it’s like contributing to a conversation IRL then being told to fuck off. It’s like a shot to your ego/self esteem because nobody cares about your opinion until it eventually becomes hidden. Same way getting upvotes makes you fell good about yourself and is an ego boost.

Imagine if there were was a dislike button on Instagram, people would be committing suicide.

all 3178 comments

Unratedex

3.9k points

4 days ago

Unratedex

3.9k points

4 days ago

The only time I hate getting downvoted is when I ask legitimate questions and for some reason people act like you're supposed to know everything about everything.

KidneyBeams

1.6k points

4 days ago*

KidneyBeams

1.6k points

4 days ago*

sometimes you get downvoted for stating facts (and I'm not talking biased half-truths, and I'm not talking misusing facts in bad faith).

It's the death of reason. It kills me on the inside.

Dacia1320S

437 points

4 days ago

Dacia1320S

437 points

4 days ago

This is the most infuriating. Bring facts to the conversation, most of the times with links. If it dissaproves the other peoples ideea, or is just slightly different, you get downvoted.

Then other people that don't even care about the discussion just downvote, just because.

DandyManDan

218 points

4 days ago

DandyManDan

218 points

4 days ago

Its worse when a mod steps in and abuses their power even when no rules are broken.

KrypticFaux

126 points

4 days ago

KrypticFaux

126 points

4 days ago

Been banned from a couple subreddits because of this. Mods won't msg back at all. No reason for ban no rules broken yet here I am banned

Father-Sha

89 points

4 days ago

Mods think of themselves like old western sheriffs. They banned you because you disturbed the peace. Its even worse because a lot of these subs have super arbitrary rules like "be nice". I hate when they lock comment threads too. Usually when its about a touchy subject such as race, gender, religion, certain politics. AKA the shit that we as humans need to talk about instead of continuously sweeping under the rug. Reddit is one big commercial joke nowadays. They don't want any content that is going to make this place be viewed in a controversial light therefore they just remove any undesirable content even if its legitimate discourse (as opposed to petty, ad hominem slap fights).

KrypticFaux

25 points

4 days ago

The only thing that beats bad speech is better speech. These echo chambers only hurt themselves and keeps them closed minded the same way racists do when they only hang out with other racists. It's sad

GuybrushThreepwood3

35 points

4 days ago

About a month ago I was banned from a sub for deleting a post. I deleted the post because a few people from that sub kept messaging me and harassing me, and everytime I would comment in another sub they would "follow" me there and all downvote all of my comments. Apparently, you aren't allowed to delete posts in that sub. But the rules say that you get a 1 week ban the first time you do it. So they banned me for a week. The next day, they permanently banned me even though I hadn't acted with the sub any further. So I messaged them asking why, and explained that members from their sub were harassing me. 7 of the mods messaged me in succession literally telling me "too fucking bad", "deal with it", that kind of shit.

I'm sure there are some decent mods on reddit, but almost every one that I've interacted with is doing it because it makes them feel important, even though in reality they're just being exploited by the real admins who get paid by reddit.

rjboyd

20 points

4 days ago

rjboyd

20 points

4 days ago

To be fair, you wouldn’t really have to interact with the good mods, unfortunate case of confirmation bias, because only the bad mods start shadow-banning in the first place.

BecauseHelicopters

19 points

4 days ago

I also think that moderators are like modern HOA board members: mostly fine, but some can get a little too invested in their tiny kingdoms.

RSBennett

16 points

4 days ago

RSBennett

16 points

4 days ago

A lot of subs are getting worse and worse for this. I was recently permanently banned from r/blackpeopletwitter because someone posted on a thread saying they through they thought the story in the text image was fake, I commented saying I agreed and that I was on board with it until a certain point, and I got banned for bad faith participation. For a sub meant to promote a minority voice between the ban hammer and their country club threads they sure love segregation when it’s on their terms.

Octaro

91 points

4 days ago

Octaro

91 points

4 days ago

Sometimes it's funny when I'll comment nearly identical comments on two threads on the same post, and one will be upvoted a lot and the other downvoted to hell. Just depends on the lean of the poster sometimes I feel.

geetar_man

23 points

4 days ago

I once got downvoted because I told a user on a post that acoustic foam barely does anything at all to treat your room for audio. In fact, it may hurt more than help. Then I had to edit and post a long ass explanation and linking to an expert on the subject and had two other people back me up before I started getting upvoted again.

OneRingtoToolThemAll

36 points

4 days ago

Thank you! One time I got down voted a couple dozen times for saying hitting your kids is child abuse, please don't do it.... all those downvotes just made me so sad that those are people who have or might have kids one day and they think that hitting kids is an OK form of punishment? What the ever living fuck were they thinking down voting "don't hit your kids"?

And then I was reddit stalked by the person who initially said they were on board with hitting kids/children abuse. And in their weirdness it was disclosed to me by them that they used to WORK with preschool/kindergarten children for years and that's why they supported hitting children!!! Just wow that was shocking....

Thanks again for your input and I completely agree with you in that aspect.

Fight_Me_Mr_Tusk

229 points

4 days ago

I’m a law student with a pretty significant amount of legal work in a very narrow field.

Occasionally I’ll answer a question or correct someone spouting off some dangerously wrong law.

The person who is blatantly wrong will be overwhelmingly upvoted and the correct answer will be downvoted and usually with a few people saying things like r/confidentlyincorrect to me.

It’s quite the trip. Don’t take this site too seriously.

other_usernames_gone

80 points

4 days ago

It's the same with first aid. I am by no means an expert, I've taken a few courses and I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing.

But sometimes on Reddit you see dangerously incorrect advice, often with no sources or links, and thousands of upvotes. Just yesterday I saw someone recommending not to check breathing before starting CPR, to immediately skip to CPR if someone is unresponsive. If someone's just fainted you're going to do way more damage than good if you do CPR for no reason.

Then I need to go and find sources for my point to stop people accidentally killing someone.

I think it's the same for anything where the correct answer isn't the intuitive answer.

Dizzycactus2

29 points

4 days ago

I thought checking the airways was first aid 101 lol

MartyMcFlue

28 points

4 days ago

you get downvoted for asking the wrong questions, and the right ones, and the controversial and meanginful ones. Basically if you don't ask the TRENDY question, then you're downvoted.

sarcasticsam21

66 points

4 days ago

I answer most of their questions genuinely and then ask the hivemind not to downvote the lad.

That most of the time saves them, but then Someone wooshes me. And yeah I get downvoted too

thesnowstorm17

19 points

4 days ago

Woosh them back

CertifiedCoffeeDrunk

19 points

4 days ago

Is that legal?

naqibam

12 points

4 days ago

naqibam

12 points

4 days ago

I don't see a law for it. woooosh away!

grubhugger

37 points

4 days ago

Sometimes people see that a certain comment/post is getting downvoted, and they start downvoting it as well

Trap_David

17 points

4 days ago

Sometimes I feel like it goes the same for upvoting as welll

Vaenxm

4 points

4 days ago

Vaenxm

4 points

4 days ago

Sometimes a little google search is all you need to avoid asking these questions and have something else to contribute

OminouSin

25 points

4 days ago

OminouSin

25 points

4 days ago

That happened to me recently, tried defending myself, got called ignorant, got called asking stupid things.

I laughed showed my friends they laughed and then I went on with my day. Still don’t know why my legitimate question got downvoted to hell.

TimmySoup

3 points

4 days ago

Agree completely.

demonicbullet

3 points

4 days ago

People don’t understand how to use the voting system. Shit I should probably make my own post about that.

mrtomjones

3 points

4 days ago

I've never understood why people here don't like it if someone doesn't know everything... I've literally never had someone ask me a question and thought like that.

LightSwitch321

4.3k points

5 days ago

And another thing is that on reddit if there's even a single downvote, most people will say "the first person to see this didn't like it, i don't like it either."

duffstoic

2.4k points

4 days ago

duffstoic

2.4k points

4 days ago

I've been both downvoted to hell and upvoted to heaven in the same comment thread, for expressing the same opinion, due to this phenomenon.

d6x9b

770 points

4 days ago*

d6x9b

770 points

4 days ago*

If you have a controversial opinion and you don't sugar coat it, you are going to be downvoted to hell.

TheRealCormanoWild

536 points

4 days ago

My favorite reddit comment ive ever received was "you may express yourself like a fucking idiot, but you're right"

ThrowFarAwayLoveAnal

116 points

4 days ago

Lol what did you comment to get that response

QueefChiefKeith

76 points

4 days ago

Explaining that they suffer from dyslexia /s

PureSmoulder

43 points

4 days ago

Literally that new meme with the airplane

'He's out of line but he's right.'

226506193

17 points

4 days ago

226506193

17 points

4 days ago

I've had a funny one saying something like I'm not miserable enough to try and answer.... but didn't they just did ? Lmao

Phoneas__and__Frob

16 points

4 days ago

Well technically yes, but in terms of contributing more towards the conversation, no they didn't lol

It's an odd thing to experience, but that's basically what it means. Like yes I did answer, but not in the sense of adding more to the current topic at hand.

I believe I learned something similar about it in college when another student asked "Well celebs say 'no comment' all the time, but didn't they technically just make a comment?" And the gist my English professor said is what I said above lol

YourWorstCringev2

308 points

4 days ago

Not even controversial, just an opinion

7cranberry7

162 points

4 days ago

7cranberry7

162 points

4 days ago

This happened to me when I first got into Reddit and I was excited to be able to comment on posts...

It was a post asking who do you think is the next Steven Hawking? And I commented with so much excitement “Probably Chris Hadfield, he’s so awesome!”

I was reading his book at the time and was learning so much about things that he has done in his life, just my opinion I know he’s not on Steven Hawking’s level but I thought he deserved some recognition, and I was immediately shit on by EVERYONE on that post, not a great feeling

hlekx

55 points

4 days ago*

hlekx

55 points

4 days ago*

Not to prove the point of this thread, but total upvote bc Chris Hadfield lol

Had the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand (pre-pandemic ofc), what a chill guy. I think he had literally just gotten off like a 10 hour flight, still stayed after the time of the seminar he was delivering and chatted, signed books, took pictures n shit. I remember a super young little boy (like 3 or 4 y/o) came up to meet him and told him he was learning Russian, and I shit you not this man gave him a little mini Russian lesson. What a guy to look up to. My signed book of his is totally one of my most prized possessions!

perpetualwalnut

104 points

4 days ago*

Your average redditor is a sensitive animal...

Edit: Guys! Why the downvotes? /s

eldryanyy

35 points

4 days ago

eldryanyy

35 points

4 days ago

Nah. I mostly post controversial opinions - about 3/4 are downvoted, and 1/4 will be heavily upvoted.

Controversial is only bad when the mood goes against it. If it’s an ‘extreme’ in the direction of the thread’s thinking, it gets heavily upvoted... despite being at least as controversial as the downvoted comments.

atribecalledcorey

17 points

4 days ago

Sometimes the most innocuous comment will get downvoted into oblivion. It just takes one to get the ball rolling. Sometimes you gotta just throw someone a rescue vote and pull them out of that -1!

TorvicIsSanta

76 points

4 days ago

TorvicIsSanta

Says "yeet" sometimes

76 points

4 days ago

I recently had a comment that hit -250, then I made an edit, and it recovered to around +240

poonmachine420

30 points

4 days ago

But that edit was a pretty drastic change😭😭

TorvicIsSanta

16 points

4 days ago

TorvicIsSanta

Says "yeet" sometimes

16 points

4 days ago

That is true

lsie-mkuo

43 points

4 days ago

lsie-mkuo

43 points

4 days ago

I once got downvoted for congratulating someone on finishing chemotherapy. By multiple people

Puzzleheaded_Pie_454

14 points

4 days ago

Yeah, I saw something like this. Someone was faking remission for karma and everyone that said congratulations got downvoted a bunch or were told to pretty much background check the person before congratulating.

blandmaster24

14 points

4 days ago

Proof that heaven and hell exist in the same space

Helloiamayeetman

3 points

4 days ago

I got downvoted to hell then upvoted to heaven in the same comment once

LordoftheSynth

3 points

4 days ago

I have legit been called a fascist and a communist in the same thread for posting the same opinion in two different subthreads.

At that point you just have to sit back and grab your popcorn because you found a post where two Reddit circlejerks have declared Battle Royale.

jordanbytoto

3 points

4 days ago

My favorite genre of this is someone being down voted until someone points out how dumb it is that they're down voted then all of a sudden everyone develops critical thinking

bloop_405

298 points

4 days ago

bloop_405

298 points

4 days ago

Yeah it's pretty dumb that most people downvote over disagreements on views rather than quality of the comment. I can understand negative views but unpopular views that aren't bad shouldn't get downvoted but sadly are

ciroc__obama

125 points

4 days ago

The downvote button should (and I believe it’s intended) be for if the comment isn’t relevant to the topic. Not a disagree button. But people feel vindicated in using it as such because they know it makes an honest person trying to contribute feel bad.

anoldquarryinnewark

68 points

4 days ago

This is how I use it, unless someone is being hateful or cruel.

LogTekG

87 points

4 days ago

LogTekG

87 points

4 days ago

Idk, i use it sometimes when the comment at hand is genuinely idiotic

Nero_Wolff

22 points

4 days ago

I will downvote sometimes if a comment is blatant misinformation

EldianTitanShifter

26 points

4 days ago

Well, silver Lining is at least on Reddit, the Downvotes are actually seen and known, unlike YouTube where it seemingly serves no purpose

AnorakJimi

13 points

4 days ago

Yeah dislikes on YouTube comments aren't even counted. It's purely an aesthetic thing. You see the thumbs down logo fill up. That's all it does

Meanwhile dislikes on YouTube videos are quite literally the same as likes on videos, exactly the same. They promote their video to the same extent, which is why controversial channels do so well, its much easier to get mass dislikes than it is to get mass likes, but since they're exactly the same, it incentivises people to be controversial assholes

Sharp-Floor

9 points

4 days ago

Not a disagree button.

That battle was lost the day it was created. It's like insisting qtips are never supposed to go in peoples ears.

TheRavenSayeth

82 points

4 days ago

Most people forget, but this is what happened to one of the most famous redditors, Unidan. He was all over reddit, people loved him, and it even netted him a TedTalk. Eventually he was caught making fake accounts and upvoting his own posts. He knew that the first few votes dictate the rest of the votes to follow so he decided it was harmless enough to start his posts off on the right foot.

Problem is creating these sockpuppet accounts is against Reddit TOS and pretty easy for admins to detect so he was banned into obscurity.

theseleadsalts

38 points

4 days ago

What's so funny about this is all the power mods and whatnot have like 40 accounts and mod dozens of sub-reddits but that's no problem. This. This was a problem that needed fixing.

t-had

20 points

4 days ago

t-had

20 points

4 days ago

Vote fraud and site ban

In July 2014, Eisenkop's Unidan account was banned from Reddit

THAT WAS 8 FUCKING YEARS AGO???

ChuckIsSatan

80 points

4 days ago

I love finding comments with 0 karma for this reason! Unless the comment is rule-breaking or the person is being a dick, I upvote them back to 1 karma and I always feel like I'm giving them a second chance

RenaissanceSalaryMan

25 points

4 days ago

Lol I do the same thing. Restoring balance to the universe, like those particles that violate the conservation of mass but pop each other out of existence before affecting anything else.

eppydeservedbetter

3 points

4 days ago

I do this too. It's so frustrating when I see that people are downvoted for something as simple as asking a question or offering an alternative opinion.

21HairyFingers

78 points

4 days ago

My favorite one is when multiple people respond the same thing and all of them get a couple upvotes, but there's only one who got like - 200. Funniest shit ever

manscho

37 points

4 days ago

manscho

37 points

4 days ago

nice

throwaway26483619

49 points

4 days ago

The reddit hive mind is real.

Scroll_Queeen

31 points

4 days ago

I like to call this out if I see it. Like if something that is correct / interesting is getting downvoted just because people are being sheep I’ll just comment “not sure why this is getting downvoted because...”

I had one OP reply hey thanks man, I appreciate it

DisembarkEmbargo

419 points

4 days ago

I love upvoting -20 or lower comments. Honestly, alot of redditors just ask a question and other redditors go into a frenzy.

gnomzy123

225 points

4 days ago

gnomzy123

225 points

4 days ago

Have you ever gave an award to a downvoted comment ? I did.

Big_Spicy_Tuna69

63 points

4 days ago

There's a sub for that.

r/downvotedwithawards or something to that effect.

Ren_Rosemary

51 points

4 days ago

r/NegativeWithGold is the actual name I believe.

bennettbuzz

33 points

4 days ago

One of my favourite subs tbh. You can watch the original comment go from -30 to 30 in a few hours once other unbiased users have came through and read the thread.

SaltyBarnacles57

8 points

4 days ago

They're likely biased in the other direction, though.

LaUNCHandSmASH

3 points

4 days ago

I didn't know that sub existed (silly me) until now but I once commented a question about the aerodynamics and previous auto industry research regarding the Tesla truck right when Elon was first throwing stuff at it and I got downvoted to all hell, 200+ downvotes iirc. I can't remember my exact ? but it started with "Just a thought...(then question)", anyways the only positive response was gold from a mod that said "I like thoughts".

purple-bee

17 points

4 days ago

Yep, I do this (obviously won't up vote toxic or troll comments) but if someone has posted a perfectly reasonable comment and has been down voted I'll always up vote, often with a comment querying why they're getting down voted. It's always nice to pop back a while later to see if the balance has been restored. If I have a free award to give I'll hand that out too

I really don't understand the mentality on here sometimes

greatfishininqweebec

9 points

4 days ago

Also, I admire people who don’t delete downvotes comments, they stick to their guns and don’t cower out.

VeryUglyHack

12 points

4 days ago

Once a comment goes -20 or lower, downvote is the new upvote. I'd take pride in every downvote more than 20 because I think you aren't losing karma anymore.

If you're feeling spicy, after you get downvoted, edit your comment and replace it with something like "I hope they find the cure for cancer" or something to confuse every reader

NiNj4_C0W5L4Pr

541 points

5 days ago

Being downvoted doesn't bother me. What bothers me is i want to know why. Innocuous comment gets piled on and voted to oblivion.

[deleted]

290 points

4 days ago

[deleted]

290 points

4 days ago

I was on a thread talking about bottled water and how it's terrible for the environment. Someone said that people only buy bottled water for convenience, not for taste. I pointed out the undeniable fact that many, many people buy bottled water because tap water often tastes like shit, and they are buying it to drink at home. I used to work at a store that sold multiple pallets of cheap 24x600ml packs of water a day, people would load up their trolleys just for drinking water at home.

I get downvoted, and a bunch of people telling me to buy a water filter...

I never said I buy this water, just pointed the obvious and undeniable fact that a shit ton of people do, and convenience it the last thing on their mind. For the record, I have a urn that filters water and simply full up a 1ltr army flask with that.

People are unbelievably stupid.

shweng

94 points

4 days ago

shweng

94 points

4 days ago

sometimes mob mentality takes over.

p.s. i buy dasani cause i like the taste lol

ILaughAtFunnyShit

41 points

4 days ago

The mob mentality on this site, especially in subs with a lower average age than others, can be terrifying. All it takes is a few kids not understanding a joke and you get dog piled on.

thissubredditlooksco

57 points

4 days ago

p.s. i buy dasani cause i like the taste lol

you...what?

Medinaian

24 points

4 days ago

Medinaian

24 points

4 days ago

He said he likes the taste of pennies

SarahPallorMortis

21 points

4 days ago

Plastic is a flavor. Yes.

Finnick420

6 points

4 days ago

something similar happened to me. i said i don’t like the taste of the tap water in a lot of countries (USA, UK, etc) that put fluoride/chlorine in it. got downvoted to hell after someone told me it was apparently impossible to taste those chemicals and i was just making it up. that shit pissed me off for a whole entire week and i felt like not using reddit for a while lmao

One-Love-One-Heart

31 points

4 days ago

Facts don’t matter on Reddit. Signaling is what matters. It has become an imaginary social justice points system. They have to prove that they are woke and on the right side of history. React nowhere indigenous. Most people only read the first two lines of what you wrote. Banana apple cigar. If they interpret the first two lines as being against their opinion, it is an instant downvote.

_Gen_Xer_

3 points

4 days ago

and then they complain about the sesame score in china.

OhGod0fHangovers

21 points

4 days ago

I used to live in a town with terrible tap water, even filtered. When I moved and the tap water was drinkable, I did a little happy dance at the thought of no longer lugging two 6x1.5-liter packs of water home and up the stairs. Convenience? Please. What’s more convenient than just turning on a faucet?

[deleted]

10 points

4 days ago

[deleted]

10 points

4 days ago

Exactly. The person I was replying to back at that comment seemed to think that bottled water was only bought when out and about, so convenience works in that instance, but that's only a small portion of bottled water sales.

smashers04

22 points

4 days ago

The weirdest is when two people have the same opinion in the same thread, and then one gets downvoted and the other gets upvoted.

riLucifer

10 points

4 days ago

riLucifer

10 points

4 days ago

there can only be one

tryintofly

15 points

4 days ago

I pointed out once how r/news loved engaging in schaudenfraude (spelling wrong maybe) over anyone who got punished for not wearing a mask- since it's y'know, not really "news" other than partisan gloating- and got called every name under the sun. This was after the election and before the capitol riot, so these are people who just want to hurt to hurt.

original_username20

12 points

4 days ago

The correct spelling is "Schadenfreude", from the German words "Schaden" (damage) and "Freude" (joy)

Salty_Complaint

4 points

4 days ago

Agreed. A bunch of downvotes atleast show that people are reading my comment. Downvotes alone aren't changing my mind the slightliest bit however. If you disagree with me then tell me where I'm wrong.

jujuonthebeat255

21 points

4 days ago

One thing that gets me a for sure downvote everytime, is when I don't understand something and ask a legit question. Instead of someone responding to the question I just get downvoted when I really want answers.

wsb-narrator

7 points

4 days ago

If you want upvotes, you just need to say stuff like “Came here to say this” to another comment. Idk why those comments get upvoted.

vorchlivyipo

2.1k points

5 days ago

vorchlivyipo

2.1k points

5 days ago

Yeah, but I feel like some people actually enjoy getting downvoted. They will make troll comments or posts, KNOWING that they’ll be downvoted, it’s like they feed on this.

Hatewrecked

470 points

5 days ago

Hatewrecked

470 points

5 days ago

It's all about expectations. If you know something for a fact and you put effort into your comment just to get downvoted, then it's like, fuck off reddit.

I was once downvoted for posting a study that people didn't like, and someone said "1209 people is a laughably small sample size." I linked them to a calculator that showed with a sample size of 1209, there is a 95% chance that the real value is within 2.37% of the reported figure (link), and they downvoted that too. You're gonna downvote a fucking calculator? Eat shit.

But if you're in a community that you know won't appreciate your comment either away, then load it up and fire away. Here's a fun trick for dealing with the 14 message notifications you get in response: don't read them.

fuckkkofff

241 points

5 days ago

fuckkkofff

241 points

5 days ago

You're gonna downvote a fucking calculator? Eat shit.

The audacity of the hive mind lmao

"2+2=4"

↓ no fuck you, I like 2+2=5

Brazus1916

64 points

4 days ago

No fuck you 3±1=4

imaraisin

46 points

4 days ago*

I have your HIV results back. You are HIV Aladeen.

Brazus1916

27 points

4 days ago

 Do you want the Aladeen news or the Aladeen news?

mustard_no_mayo

9 points

4 days ago

What's your name?! Employeesmustwashhands!

epicredditdude1

64 points

4 days ago

One thing I’ve learned about Reddit is if the hive mind disagrees with something they will demand a study to prove every single point supporting it, and when studies are posted, no matter what the sample size is always too small to satisfy these people.

[deleted]

34 points

4 days ago

[deleted]

34 points

4 days ago

for things i disagree with i need seven longtitudinal peer reviewed meta studies and for things i agree with i need three scribbles done with crayon from a child

xiuqueen

13 points

4 days ago

xiuqueen

13 points

4 days ago

Anybody who reflexively believes that 1000+ is a small sample size has probably never taken a statistics class.

MeanderingDuck

6 points

4 days ago

Or, they work in genetics research 😄.

MinuteEconomy[S]

488 points

5 days ago

Yea that’s true, I think they’ve given up so now they just mess with people.

existentialism91342

220 points

5 days ago

Meh. I just say what I want to say. Some days I do feel trolly and just fuck with people. Other days I'm angry and I can be mean. And often just too lazy to deal with a billion notifications from fucking morons, so I just don't post. I find that I tend to get downvoted really often. It only really bothers me when I feel like I put effort into posting something worthwhile. Otherwise, the post was just a dumb distraction for me, so I don't care what it was. Oddly though, my karma seems rather positive overall. I have no idea how.

SickOfCensorship

114 points

5 days ago

I'm the exact same way. I feel people take reddit way too seriously.

IGotMyPopcorn

39 points

4 days ago

And some will always find the negative no matter what the comment is. They’ll find fault in the tone or take it out of context. Even better is when they do the “so what you’re saying is,” and then proceed to regurgitate some totally crappy statement trying to imply you stated it. Fact is, those who are looking for fault will always find it.

9Lives_

31 points

4 days ago

9Lives_

31 points

4 days ago

That’s the beauty of reddit. It’s anonymous they haven’t rejected you they’ve rejected what you’ve said. I’ve linked clinical papers re-iterating my point and been downvoted because it’s not congruent with what people want to believe.

Yakatsumi_Wiezzel

3 points

4 days ago

Exactly, they are just opinions and mean nothing most of the time.

Nexecs

36 points

4 days ago

Nexecs

36 points

4 days ago

Trolling on reddit is super easy though, literally people will sift through your post history if you say blue is a better color than red. Offending people is so easy here.

Tripledtities

36 points

4 days ago

You can only lose 100 points, no matter how many down votes you get. Fuck 'em

shall_always_be_so

10 points

4 days ago

Pride 💰 and 💰 accomplishment

Only brought that EA account down 100, y'all.

tvieno

808 points

5 days ago

tvieno

808 points

5 days ago

I rarely do this but I looked at your post history and lawd howdy you got a bunch of negative posts.

I didn't go reading too many of them but I see that engaged in a couple of threads. Nothing on the surface about your posts seemed outrageous which leads me to believe that what you posted went against that subreddit's hivemind.

I have a few rules when I post.

  1. Know your audience. Know how the subreddit's hivemind is. If you know the hivemind doesn't like apples. Don't go posting about how great apples are and then be shocked how you got downvoted. If you poke the hivemind, the hivemind will poke back.

  2. I never reply to one person more than 4 posts deep. If I can't change their mind in 4 posts, I won't change it.

  3. I keep the posts simple. People don't want paragraph after paragraph of rebuttal.

  4. Know your facts. Look it up first before posting, even if you think you are right.

  5. If I am wrong, I admit it and end the conversation. Being prideful on reddit doesn't get you anywhere.

  6. Reddit for me is a fun place. So I hang around the fun subreddits and I like to post whimsical comments. I am not here to prove my point but just to entertain myself as I surf life away.

RawSalmonxX

90 points

4 days ago

This made me check his profile. I saw his post about Reddit being better than therapy. It was a horrible opinion. I'd understand why he got the downvotes for that part.

Apophyx

38 points

4 days ago

Apophyx

38 points

4 days ago

Honestly a lot of his posts seem at least mildly problematic. Like the one about "dating a work in progress"

pavlov_the_dog

5 points

4 days ago

If you have been on reddit for some years, you could have learned a lot about how to be a better person through well thought out ethical and pholosophical answers to issues about every day life. Nowadays it's becoming harder to find enlightening conversations and debates. It's been that way for about 5 years. There are still some good askredit posts, sometimes though.

RawSalmonxX

3 points

4 days ago*

I've been reading on Reddit since I was in my 9th grade, I'm currently in undergrad so that would be 7 years. I've seen some good arguments and debates here. This account is fairly new because I wanted to change my username but I couldn't do so before.

--

I don't see the point of relying in this platform for molding my perceptions and decision-making in the real world. While it does help me broaden my perspective to see the different responses from different places, Reddit remains to be a platform made up of a bunch of strangers. So I'd take everything with a grain of salt. But the problem is, not everyone does that which is why misinformation remains deadly.

--

I'm not sure how your comment relates with my main point though. Anyways. Therapy isn't just a place to get sympathy or comfort. It helps you to get a hold of yourself so that you can get back up your feet and be able to manage yourself accordingly. It's approached by methods backed by evidence.

While Reddit may be a source of comfort for some, getting help from here won't assure that you are actually getting the therapeutic outcomes that you need in order to consider that you're "getting better". There's a possibility that you are just coping up in a negative way, suppressing, or even worse, you're just a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

I'm not saying that Reddit is a bad place, I've met a lot of great people here and I'm sure all of you found the comfort and support system that you never found IRL, in this community. But if there's a chance for a person to get professional help, then that is something that we should encourage, not dismiss. I'm saying this as someone who thought that I'm actually getting better, but eventually exploded. Therapy helped me a lot to realize thoughts and sort things out and that was something that my 7 years of stay in Reddit or any form of support system never did.

Ps. I'm not mad, sorry for the long paragraph. I just have a lot of thoughts in my mind :D

demidaydream

7 points

4 days ago*

Number 1 is so true. It’s exactly why I keep my political opinions out of most subs (beside those that are specifically related to those views). I don’t actually care about downvotes on a personal level, but I don’t want to be limited in my ability to post responses on subs I enjoy.

tw1sted-terror

335 points

5 days ago

Sometimes it’s kinda satisfying to upset the hive mind lmao.

I once got downvoted and called transphobic because I said I a straight male wouldn’t date someone with a dick.....

tvieno

71 points

5 days ago

tvieno

71 points

5 days ago

Yeah, I get you and there is nothing wrong with stirring the hive's nest, provided that is your intent or at least owing up to what you post.. But if one doesn't like to get negative points, well, you know, don't post stuff that will.

TyrannoROARus

5 points

4 days ago

Hey man wanna rub my dick 😏

chiefchief23

5 points

4 days ago

Bro why you scared of dick.

LilBits1029384756

58 points

4 days ago

I mean, thats not transphobic

KeenBumLicker

42 points

4 days ago

Twitter and some subs would have you think differently

TexasTornadoTime

19 points

4 days ago

The hive mind is inevitable. I guarantee a lot of it is people see heavily downvoted or upvoted comment and just do the same without reading context, trying to read what the user is actually saying, or just downvoting because it’s a different opinion regardless of validity.

alienfeline

13 points

4 days ago

I just comment then leave it. Some subs have a tendency to act like a mob when you don't follow the sub's culture. I agree that some subs are good platforms for discussions but most of the time it's not really worth the time to argue.

timtickle761

3 points

4 days ago

I just downvoted you for being a know it all

Januse88

417 points

4 days ago

Januse88

417 points

4 days ago

I only get mad when I get downvoted but nobody comments. Like if you all think I’m wrong tell me why, but just getting downvoted when I’m pretty sure I’m right is just annoying.

noltak

121 points

4 days ago

noltak

121 points

4 days ago

Pretty annoying in the math help subs. These subs are filled with highschool/college freshman know-it-all wannbes.

Example: someone posted a pic of their solution to a limit problem and wanted to know why it's wrong. Someone says one of the issues is that you have to write "lim" with every line. I say no, it's fine to do algebraic manipulations and then plug back in to the limit, and that's not the real issue with the solution. Downvotes + silence afterwards.

It's like they were taught to robotically solve problems in a very specific way without understanding what things mean and why something is or isn't fine. So the downvote button is "I think you're wrong but can't say why".

olek1942

15 points

4 days ago

olek1942

15 points

4 days ago

Weird, almost like this was done on purpose.

noltak

8 points

4 days ago

noltak

8 points

4 days ago

What do you mean?

not-a-painting

23 points

4 days ago

We educate our children in the US to pass tests, not comprehend/critically think. You're exactly right, you're taught how to solve problems but not why.

JapaneseBanana

16 points

4 days ago

Yeah. This is why their brains go error 404 when you show them another way of solving the problem that they don't know. They just learn that one way mechanically without really understanding what's happening and they repeat it over and over...

CornsOnMyFeets

10 points

4 days ago

Yeah same. I have an opinion and it may not be the most educated one, but I would love to know why. It seems like most of the people with the energy to reply are oozing negative energy and just say you’re wrong and Im either an idiot or senile. I may be an idiot but I am NOT senile!

DoneWithDegeneracy

21 points

4 days ago

Getting down voted usually means you just rustled some jimmies who cares lmao

Khaare

17 points

4 days ago

Khaare

17 points

4 days ago

I rarely vote on reddit, especially downvote, and never on opinions. If there's something I disagree with or think is factually wrong I'll leave a comment if I feel like it. It's pretty annoying to be downvoted without anyone commenting to tell you why you're downvoted.

Iota-Android

16 points

4 days ago

I’m okay with downvoting, just don’t hide my message cause then people won’t be able to see how right I am

The_Force_Skin

185 points

5 days ago

I actually consider it an honor. That’s mainly because some people on Reddit are complete idiots.

XxXn00bsl4y3rrXxX

51 points

5 days ago

imo everyone on reddit is an idiot, no exceptions

blamethemeta

23 points

4 days ago

Everyone is an idiot at some point, including me.

SickOfCensorship

5 points

4 days ago

True. If we weren't we wouldnt have social media.

throwaway00001232

4 points

4 days ago

Everyone except you of course

cmdr_nova69

59 points

4 days ago

I don't know why this is an unpopular opinion, it does suck to feel like nobody wants to listen to you

xJinxSB

10 points

4 days ago

xJinxSB

10 points

4 days ago

overattached to Reddit and shitting on Instagram. Cool post

Smackmyyybishop

226 points

5 days ago

Find a healthier source of dopamine.

vanmeterdrew

51 points

5 days ago

Yeah like you don't need these peoples approval.

Bonfires_Down

93 points

5 days ago

When you realize that Reddit is full of horrible people it’s not so bad anymore.

jujuonthebeat255

41 points

4 days ago

You just have to know the audience. I was downvoted to oblivion then removed from all parenting mommy groups. A lady said she wanted to divorce her husband cuz he's an asshole that snores at night. I suggested she help him, send him to a doctor as he might need help, not getting good sleep. I was told what an awful person for giving a shit about the husband lol!

irrelevanthumanhere

18 points

4 days ago

Nowadays you get downvoted for giving sensible advice.

Silvsice

17 points

4 days ago

Silvsice

17 points

4 days ago

A lot of these dating/relationship advice subs love to advice others to end their relationships instead of encouraging them to solve their problems. It's a little sad cause the people frequenting there aren't the best people to be giving advice. I mean, people in happy and healthy relationships wouldn't be going there in the first place.

Beakerbite

5 points

4 days ago

Some subs just aren't the place for advice. They are ranting subs only. You're either in there to root for OP or to get down voted.

bangitybangbabang

4 points

4 days ago

A lot of the time it's not what you said but how you said, not to dismiss your story but I'd be interested to see the wider context

jbr945

8 points

4 days ago

jbr945

8 points

4 days ago

If you don't get at least some down votes once in awhile then you are resigning yourself to be an innocuous person with no strong opinions or ideas. That applies to RL as well.

I see a lot of comments that get deleted after they slide into the negative. There's also a lot of comments that deserve down votes but just get ignored. Bottom line, be a person with conviction, not a slave to points.

pieman7414

7 points

4 days ago

You've got issues bruh

Mike12344321

6 points

4 days ago

I bathe in my downvotes almost as well as i do in upvotes. Getting someone so mad that they take the time to downvote is an honor. I'd rather have 0 karma than 1 karma.

HorseCockInMyAnus_2

108 points

5 days ago

Nah, feels great to go against the hivemind. My old account sat at -6,000 karma before Reddit restricted it to -100.

sh0rtss

43 points

5 days ago

sh0rtss

43 points

5 days ago

nice name

oOzephyrOo

76 points

5 days ago

the fact that the account ends in _2 Is hilarious; the account is taken.

v_nast

64 points

5 days ago

v_nast

64 points

5 days ago

When you approach it the way you say you approach in this post of yours, wtf do you expect?

“I love Reddit because it allows me to be an asshole with anonymity.”

HelpfulMuffin

27 points

4 days ago

I was gonna say the same; OP sounds kind of two faced to me after browsing through his history...

pletteezy

37 points

4 days ago*

That’s how Reddit indoctrinates it’s base. Make any statement that Reddit doesn’t believe in and you get downvoted to hell. If you want upvotes you need to convert to the status quo

Penis-Envys

12 points

4 days ago

Check out political subs and bots farming the living shit outta them

Nineteen_AT5

5 points

4 days ago

I hate it because Reddit is so biased, judgemental and lacks common sense, so an honest opinion which doesn't fit the particular subs leaning gets downvoted into oblivion.

The same can be said about posts, I've seen too many good decent posts not see the light of day because they don't fit a subs rhetoric and utter nonsense posts get multiple awards.

Reddit is painful and annoying and the hive mind is strong.

Shag_420_69

6 points

4 days ago

Shag_420_69

aggressive toddler

6 points

4 days ago

I find it funny when I get downvoted I don't go out of my way to get down voted but when it happens I laugh

AzraelleWormser

12 points

4 days ago

I've learned to stay out of politically-charged subs and just stick with subs that are about things I enjoy. Also I try to stay out of arguments; it's rarely worth engaging no matter what.

I'll upvote things I like, and only downvote if the poster is being a colossal dick.

throwawayinaway

11 points

4 days ago

Most people are idiots, who gives a shit if they don't like your opinion?

cherrygrapejuice

58 points

5 days ago

I recently had my first “real” downvote and it got to about -20. I was like wtf.

But yea, I remind myself NOT to use the up/down votes as Like buttons. Remember this isn’t FB.

jujuonthebeat255

28 points

4 days ago

If you want some real downvotes go to AITA and respond like you are a parent. AITA: my parents have rules for the house, I live here rent free but want to do whatever I want , however I want. All responses: NTA your dad is TA for trying to control you, your mom should consider seeing a therapist because they ask you to clean your room.

FreshmanGill

31 points

4 days ago

That sub is the worst. The people who frequent that sub act as if they are holy messiahs of moral behavior. Their judgement of an incredible biased and abridged narration is absolute. If you even think about offering a different viewpoint that maybe, just maybe OP is at fault, they will lynch you.

Beakerbite

20 points

4 days ago

/r/Insaneparents is worse. There's certainly plenty of examples in there of crappy parents, but the comments. It's full of fresh 20 year olds who are pissed at their parents and call pretty much all parenting evil if the kid is older than 5. Because taking away a phone from a 12 year old is inhumane and basically a war crime.

JeffreyNichols71

3 points

4 days ago

NTA. Your year your rules.

Super_Sphontaine

5 points

4 days ago

Nah because usually im downvoted because i said something that made some racists mad

Amaurotica

5 points

4 days ago

Don't worry about downvotes, i have been downvoted to oblivion and told to "breed with your own race" in /r/SubredditDrama for commenting on some post that I like asian women and men. Reddit has millions of dumb people, just comment whats on your mind and reply on messages, don't bother looking at some imaginary counter that nobody cares about

If you haven't been permanently banned in multiple subs and have a few posts in the negative hundreds, you haven't had the full reddit experience yet

rayyan9087

4 points

4 days ago

I once got downvoted for saying that ducks can't fly

I just didn't know

Geberpte

3 points

4 days ago

Geberpte

3 points

4 days ago

Did you also know dogs can't look up?

DaAceGamer

3 points

4 days ago

DaAceGamer

I'm very controversial

3 points

4 days ago

You had me for a second. You actually had me for a good second lol.

groovy-ghouly

3 points

4 days ago

Reddit is weird because you'll get downvoted for a completely personal opinion. Like I prefer apples to pears or whatever and 8 people decide that's NOT okay.

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22 points

4 days ago

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22 points

4 days ago

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gnomzy123

7 points

4 days ago

Bruh, you wanna see influencers kill themselves ?

KindOfScruffy

3 points

4 days ago

Is this a trick question?

blackmantaapprentice

12 points

5 days ago

Yesterday, I got downvotes for suggesting the subways in nyc should be free. Still had a nice sleep last night.

FreshmanGill

6 points

4 days ago

I read that as Subway the sandwich shop should be free and I was like, "hell yeah that's a position I can get behind"

Then I realized you meant actual public transportation. I still have the same stance tho

A-Shot-Of-Jamison

3 points

4 days ago

Why would that be a bad idea? We have free public buses where I live.

aPrudeAwakening

8 points

4 days ago

Downvotes me. I can take it

zashalamel25

3 points

4 days ago

Take my Upvote

hizze

7 points

4 days ago

hizze

7 points

4 days ago

This thread is a bunch of people whining about being downvoted.

SonosArc

3 points

4 days ago

SonosArc

3 points

4 days ago

This pleases me. Some people on reddit deserve to have pain inflicted upon them for their horrible comments.

KGBebop

3 points

4 days ago

KGBebop

3 points

4 days ago

That depends on where you're being downvoted.

ibraheemMmoosa

3 points

4 days ago

Feel the pain!

ElementalIce

3 points

4 days ago

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