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Upvoting your own posts

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It's really misleading when a user upvotes their own posts. I don't understand how this is even possible. This should either be prevented or every post should be upvoted by default (like on Reddit).

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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I'm not really a fan of some of the moralising (and sanctimony) in parts of this thread. The system allows it, so people will sometimes do it. Especially if they are used to reddit where posts and comments are automatically given the user's own upvote. So let's talk about the pros and cons of changing the system rather than chastising those who do it.

Disclosure: I have occasionally upvoted my own comments or posts. Certainly not all the time but I don't mind saying that I have done it. I have had various reasons for doing so and I don't think it's really that big a deal.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc
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First I think we should start by talking about the pros and cons of the current system a bit more. Also If we are going to discuss about pros and cons of (changing) the system we should think of general Duolingo discussion section and sentence discussions as completely different things. I suggest we focus more on sentence discussions since they are, in my opinion, more important.

Simplicity of the system falls in the category of both pros and cons. Pros because it is easy to use and it looks nice. Cons because we sometimes really don't know what up-votes and down-votes mean. They could mean: I agree", "I disagree", "Thank you", "I want to know this as well",....

side note: Of course we see those as posts all the time and they are just cluttering the sentence discussions. Thankfully moderators usually delete them very soon. Out of all of these I only like "Thank you" posts even though they just add to the clutter.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I've upvoted my own comment in one case, when someone ask a question, and the following post are all 'I agree', 'me too'. If I can answer the question, I'm going to push my answer closer to the top above the pointless agreement post. I am not ashamed.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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Seems like the best thing to do if you are not a moderator. I just delete those "I agree"/"me too" :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

I never upvote my own posts......

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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I could name a few users who always do it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pejsekx
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The thought process is like this: I post a comment, and suddenly I see there's a comment in the thread I agree 100%, so I'm gonna upvote it!

EDIT: Wow, thanks for the upvote!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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https://www.duolingo.com/pejsekx
pejsekx
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Haha, yes :D BTW, did you just downvote yourself?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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No, I suppose it's one of those Halloween trolls that are haunting me :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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Upvoting your own posts is a little rude, yes. However, I'm not sure it's that big of a problem, in my opinion. If a post is truly noteworthy, then it will probably get more than one upvote, so an upvote by the author wouldn't really hurt anything. I do like the idea of posts being upvoted by default like on Reddit, though I wonder how that would be implemented.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marnyg
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Of course you upvote your own posts. You wouldn't have posted it otherwise.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rkuprov

I'd recommend a complete denial of self-upvoting by default. It breeds a herd behavior. http://io9.com/how-upvote-downvote-sites-like-reddit-breed-irrational-1067235954

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Indeed. And asked during the preparation of the Hackathon (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/774419) --- probably even before --- but not implemented.
I don't have a clue if it's hard to implement or not y/or if Duo team disagree/don't think it's worth it/think it's a really minor issue.

Also (but not urgent at all), IMO, there shouldn't be votes for the "title post" of "discuss sentence" pages. I mean by "title post": on "discuss sentence" page, the "comment" on top (that I cal "title post") is the sentence (as title) and its translation (as body).
So this one shouldn't have the option to be voted. Of course the comment of users about this translation have to keep the voting system but not the translation in my opinion. Indeed we're not suppose to vote for the translation here (if disagree report it to Duo), then having the possibility of voting it is non-sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I don't really see how this is a problem. I have upvoted some of my stuff, not all times but some. But can someone explain to me how is this a problem. I do not want to be mean about this I just don't really understand how this is a problem.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic
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I agree with you 100%.

4 years ago