[Meta] Currently 3 upvotes, 13 downvotes. Interesting.

What do up/down votes mean? On a post, I always figured an upvote to mean “This is relevant to the community and should be posted here.”, and a downvote to mean “This is irrelevant to the community or should not have be posted here.”. [/Meta]

I’m not really sure what to make of the linked blog post – I think x-compasses are an oversimplification, that the fediverse has moved and diversified since the post was written, and now lemmy instances are quite a prominent mode of engagement in the fediverse; but some of the problems and stereotypes they painted in the post are still recognisable today, however inaccurate the depiction may be.

I think it’s kind of arbitrary, but I personally upvotes and downvotes more as “I agree with this / I disagree with this”, which is perhaps much more biased than “This content belongs here / this doesn’t belong here”

The algorithm unfortunately then buries disliked posts and they don’t attract as much discussion despite perhaps needing it.

If i’d posted with a title and comment to the effect of “This person sucks because they said shit about the fediverse” it might’ve attracted a bunch of upvotes, but I really don’t generally feel that degree of antagonism and negativity towards people’s opinions.

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