Down-Voting leads to vicious circle of negative feedback?


(Lars Doucet) #1

That’s the conclusion reached by a study mentioned in this article:

This made me wonder what sort of formal research topics in this field the Discourse team has been informed by in designing their forum software. Would love to have more insight into your thought process behind the design.


(Mittineague) #2

I see the Like (the heart) but I haven’t noticed a Dislike other than maybe the Community Flagging option here.
And that only goes to the member when a multiple number of other members Flag one of their posts.

Is that what you’re referring to?.


(Jeff Atwood) #3

You can watch my presentation here which covers this

TL;DR on sites of opinion, you follow the classic “praise in public, criticize in private” rule. On sites of data/fact/science you need public criticism because anti-vax, etc.


(Justin Gordon) #4

@codinghorror, I stumbled upon your awesome video at

Any way to link a particular time in that video? Any chance re-broadcasting on youtube? Youtube integrates with my Sony television.