Quoted from TheGunnett:
Only been on Pinside for a year + but never realized the significance of a downvote or upvoting. I assumed it was like a like or dislike on Facebook. Is it something more?
A down vote can mean -> you don’t support the email, you disagree with part/all of it, it is false/misleading, or that it is biased or even reposts of old news.. You can downvote if you don’t like a poster or if you feel the author is being a troll. You might downvote if you are in a bad mood or for no reason at all. Obviously upvotes are for opposite conditions.
It doesn’t cost anything to do, so I like giving out lots of them. Try giving an up or down vote to 50 posts in one session or 25 upvotes in a row all and earn Pinside badges. I started giving one to to half the posts I read for awhile. Gave them out like OxyContin. Now I probably tag one in fifteen posts. I might tag five posts in a row for a hot topic or one post every 20 if the thread is mature. Kind of like playing Pinside’s version of Pokémon. Go for it and have fun.
Note - no thumbs were injured giving upvotes or downvotes.