As I've been checking out how the forums have been run, I've noticed that to Comment on a topic with a differentiating opinion, the comment will most likely be subject to down vote. I can assume that this makes it really hard for someone who would like to discuss or debate the topic on another viewpoint. I know it is for me.
X topic is this. X topic is for it. X topic's comments tend to be all for the topic are Upvoted, and all against Downvote. This system of voting on comments is very intimidating. I also believe it can sway opinion on how folks may treat the debate or discussion based on up/down votes within comments. It's terrifying going into a forum thread knowing if you write anything the basic opinion of the thread is going for, you'll get down voted. It can Silence differenciating opinion.
TLDR: Upvotes and Downvotes are fine on the general Idea of the topic to gauge interest, but I don't think it's good for the comments!
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