Why downvoting so much?
I have seen this in a couple of courses already but this seems to be a real issue in the Polish course.
I have very often seen someone asking a question regarding grammar or simply wondering why his/her translation is wrong, without being rude or violating discussion rules. And there will almost always be someone who will downvote said question simply because he/she feels it's stupid. This only proves what I already firmly believe: There are no stupid questions just stupid answers. I honestly don't understand what's wrong about asking a genuine question in the discussions. Obviously said person doesn't understand some concept of the language and wants to improve and get some help. And actually that's exactly what duolingo - and learning languages in general - lives from: From people asking question, recognizing patterns and discussing them with fellow learners or native speakers. Besides that downvoting will also make the questions not display, so it's very likely someone will ask the very same question in the same discussion again.
I'm sorry I sound so frustrated but I honestly don't see a reason do downvote a comment unless the explanation it provides is factually wrong or the commenter is being rude. Otherwise it's just showing intolerance towards fellow learners who haven't progressed so far in the language tree yet, resulting in some form of misguided elitarianism.
Agreed. It has got so i don't ask questions or do even attempt to do translations. I have apparently been downvoted for translations even though i have not submitted any. Don't let it get to you, duo is great as a resource for your own purposes and other pople's issues are their own problem.
Sometimes I feel like some people simply downvote everything they see just because they can, even helpful answers.
This probably goes into the category of "abusing whatever little power you get just to annoy people anonymously".
A system in which people can upvote or downvote threads is made so that users can decide what should be on the front page and what shouldn't. If a question has already been answered there is no reason for it to stay at a high position within the rating system, when people believe that it is an uncommon question. Also if people prefer to see actual discussions instead of questions that are easily answered through googling, it is their right to downvote such a question without necessarily holding a grudge against that person. The point is basically: do not think it is personal, because others do not think that way either.
Some people do use downvotes in an irresponsible way. Some even use downvotes to make people feel bad and hide their question. It is not unnatural to take downvotes as a sign of rejection, especially when it often is that. Downvotes are abused too much, people should be able to upvote what they like, and even then they will abuse it. Downvoting on Duolingo does more harm than good.
I couldn't agree more. Especially when someone asks a question and all that person gets is a downvote. I actually once found myself in a situation where I didn't understand why my translation was wrong and all I got was was a downvote followed by "because it's simply wrong" and no explanation whatsoever. Only getting downvotes instead of an actual response with some explanations or help is the most frustrating thing on Duolingo.
Seems to me instead of a downvote button, there should be three flags: inappropriate, duplicate, and incorrect. Inappropriate posts should automatically flag a moderator, and ultimately be removed. Duplicates can auto-send a request to the OP to review the previous discussion, maybe remove if it is flagged multiple times. Incorrect should coincide with an explanation, but is probably debatable and of educational value, so shouldn't be automatically removed or hidden.
In any case, it's kind of impossible for a question to be incorrect, unlikely for it to be offensive, but duplicate questions can be kind of annoying.
There are probably a lot of flags that could be used, but these seem like the main categories of "bad" posts I see.
To your original post, I feel you completely. One of my trees is really bad about that, and even if it's not my question I see downvoted, it still irks me.
Some people? Most people use the buttons as agree/disagree or like/dislike buttons.