Stop Downvoting

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Dear Reedsy,

Blxxii emailed you endless and endless times, however, you ignored. She needs you to respond. WE NEED you to reply, please.ย 

It's all about downvoting.

ย "Oh, this is just a thing about downvoting, B-O-R-I-N-G!"ย 

And then you skip.

This is an important message, Reedsy.

Our friend Ari Reynes, has been downvoted from 4,600 to 1,000. This is unacceptable and the hard-worked for points are gone-poof. This isn't a threat, but a lot of people are taking breaks from Reedsy. Some aren't sure about coming back.

Blxxii plans on leaving Reedsy for the sake of downvoters- (She is more concerned about her friends.)

I, Carolina Shaw, plan on staying Reedsy for the sake of stopping downvoters- I am more concerned about my friends.

This is a time when downvoters are striking the most-either from multiple accounts or just from teaming.

Sadly, the Marshmallows are practically gone.ย 

I wasn't here when all that happened, however, I suspect that that's the reason why Marshmallows were created; the cause of downvoters.ย 

I have just checked, and many of my friends were downvoted 5,000 points down. Literally. Want me to list a view? Sure! I'll gladly, but I bet that'll be the rest of the story.

Here's just a F E W, you may add to the list if you'd like.

Ari Reynes (4600-1,000.)

แ—ฉแ—ดแ–‡iแ‘Ž แ—ท ๐Ÿ’š (31,010-28,000.)

๐Ÿ’œแด€ แด แด‡ แด› สœ ส ๊œฑ แด› ๐Ÿ’œ (5,100-1,000.)

ๅฑฑ.w. S๐“€yเธฟelle (3,000-1,000.)

๐•ƒ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•’ โ„‚๐• ๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ (2,000-1,000.)

Timber (-100)

Sia Sharma (-4000)

Carolina Shaw (-900)

As you can see, downvoting is making people feel... hurt. Perhaps it may sound stupid just to quit Reedsy just because of some stupid downvoters-well, it is. Wanna know why? 'Cuz your friends are just gonna be there and upvote you. When others were downvoted, it was a battle between the downvoters and our friends (obviously our friends won.)

The upvoting button SHOULD BE A THING.

The downvoting button SHOULDN'T BE A THING.

Reedsy, I doubt you'll ever see this message because...

1. You never respond to Blxxii's emails.

2. Your boss would never (probably) see this.

3. You'd let the downvoting button exist anyway even after everyone left Reedsy, huh?

4. You created the downvoting button in the first place.

All I'm applying is:

Remove that downvote button.

Remove that down-arrow.

Sigh here (Reedsy name) as a petition to remove downvoting. If the word count get's too much, then make a new one. Like this story if you want the downvoting button removed so it can get to the very top. If it wasn't clear enough, delete one "Reedsy author here" sentence and put your Reedsy name there.

โ—ฆโ€ขโ—โ—‰โœฟ ๐“‘๐“ต๐”๐”๐“ฒ๐“ฒ โœฟโ—‰โ—โ€ขโ—ฆ

๐Ÿ’œแด€ แด แด‡ แด› สœ ส ๊œฑ แด› ๐Ÿ’œ

ๅฑฑ.w. S๐“€yเธฟelle

๐’ž๐‘’๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“‰โ˜ฏ ๐‘€๐’ถ๐’ฟ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐“€๐“€๐“Š ๐’ฎ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐’ท๐“Š

โ„‚๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•’ ๐•Š๐•™๐•’๐•จ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

๊งโญ‘โญ’ ษฉษฃฦด ฦ‡ฦ›ส€ฦญั”ส€ โญ‘โญ’๊ง‚

Felicity Anne

แ—ฉแ—ดแ–‡iแ‘Ž แ—ท ๐Ÿ’š

ะ’lแ—ฉฦถ๐Ÿ† ๏ผฒ๐•ช๐Ÿฒ าใ„š๐Ÿ”ฅ๏ฝŠ๐“Šๅฐบโ“ž

๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜ธ

Meera Lakshmi

Keefe Sencen

Keya M.

๊Šฐ๊‚๊‹ฌ๊‹ช๊’’๊‚๊‡™๊‡™ ๊Šฐ๊„ฒ๊‰ง

โœฏ โ„‚๐•™๐•’๐• ๐•ฅ๐•š๐•” ๐•Š๐•ก๐•š๐•ฃ๐•’๐•๐•ค โœฏ

๐”ธ๐•“๐•š๐•˜๐•’๐•š๐• โ„‚๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ค๐•ค (โ™ก๐““๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“’๐“ต๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ญ๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฐ๐“ฎโ™ก)

๐•Š๐•š๐•’ ๐•Š๐•™๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ž๐•’ โ‡

Akshaya Sutrave

๐•ƒ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•’ โ„‚๐• ๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ

B. W.

๐™ธ๐šœ๐šŠ๐šŠ๐šŒ ๐™ฐ๐šŠ๐š›๐š˜๐š—

Ari Reynes

Mira Caplan

Radhika Diksha

โ™ฅโ™ ๐”ผ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•๐•’๐•”๐•’๐•”๐•’๐•คโ™ฆโ™ฃ

Cassandra Durnin

Devaki ๐ŸŽ‰

๐’ฎ๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐Ÿ’Ž

โœจ๐“๐“ป๐”‚๐“ชโœจ ๐Ÿฆ‹

Jay Dmer

Izzie Q.

Luna Wood

Bucky Barnes

Ashlynn S.

Kate Mengal

Maya Emerson

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Samantha Langley

Ruby โœจ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ’š ๐’ซ๐‘’๐“‡๐’พ๐’น๐‘œ๐“‰ ๐Ÿ’š

Maraika M

โœฐ ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐œ๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐š๐ง๐ž โœฐ

โ†‡๐”ธ๐•‚๐•†โ‡๐”น๐”ผ๐”ธโ„ ใ€‘

โˆ™๐•’๐•ฆ๐••๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ช ๐•กโˆ™

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127 comments

15:12 Mar 24, 2021

Updated List: โ—ฆโ€ขโ—โ—‰โœฟ ๐“‘๐“ต๐”๐”๐“ฒ๐“ฒ โœฟโ—‰โ—โ€ขโ—ฆ ๐Ÿ’œแด€ แด แด‡ แด› สœ ส ๊œฑ แด› ๐Ÿ’œ ๅฑฑ.w. S๐“€yเธฟelle ๐’ž๐‘’๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“‰โ˜ฏ ๐‘€๐’ถ๐’ฟ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐“€๐“€๐“Š ๐’ฎ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐Ÿฆ‹๐’ท๐“Š โ„‚๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•’ ๐•Š๐•™๐•’๐•จ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๊งโญ‘โญ’ ษฉษฃฦด ฦ‡ฦ›ส€ฦญั”ส€ โญ‘โญ’๊ง‚ Felicity Anne แ—ฉแ—ดแ–‡iแ‘Ž แ—ท ๐Ÿ’š ะ’lแ—ฉฦถ๐Ÿ† ๏ผฒ๐•ช๐Ÿฒ าใ„š๐Ÿ”ฅ๏ฝŠ๐“Šๅฐบโ“ž ๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜ธ Meera Lakshmi Keefe Sencen Keya M. ๊Šฐ๊‚๊‹ฌ๊‹ช๊’’๊‚๊‡™๊‡™ ๊Šฐ๊„ฒ๊‰ง โœฏ โ„‚๐•™๐•’๐• ๐•ฅ๐•š๐•” ๐•Š๐•ก๐•š๐•ฃ๐•’๐•๐•ค โœฏ ๐”ธ๐•“๐•š๐•˜๐•’๐•š๐• โ„‚๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ค๐•ค (โ™ก๐““๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“’๐“ต๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ญ๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฐ๐“ฎโ™ก) ๐•Š๐•š๐•’ ๐•Š๐•™๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ž๐•’ โ‡

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15:34 Mar 24, 2021

Four More: Akshaya Sutrave ๐•ƒ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•’ โ„‚๐• ๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ B. W. ๐™ธ๐šœ๐šŠ๐šŠ๐šŒ ๐™ฐ๐šŠ๐š›๐š˜๐š—

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A few more! :) Ari Reynes โ™ฅโ™ ๐”ผ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•๐•’๐•”๐•’๐•”๐•’๐•คโ™ฆโ™ฃ

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22:35 Mar 25, 2021

Will do!!

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15:21 Mar 24, 2021

Np!! :)

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00:13 Mar 29, 2021

#StopDownvotingNow

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17:05 Mar 29, 2021

Yes!!!

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Emma Kate
21:21 Apr 24, 2021

Add me too, I haven't been down-voted. But, I honestly don't think that people working hard should get this as a result, plus-there are many people who don't care about points, because they just keep writing; but of course, they worked hard, and *'Reedsy'* people, yes people, should take an action. -Emma Kate Username: @emmak394

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~ Lucia ~
02:15 Mar 24, 2021

Oml i didn't realize ahhh and, i got downvoted 100 or so points...

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~ Lucia ~
04:34 Mar 24, 2021

its all good!

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~ Lucia ~
16:10 Mar 25, 2021

Omg yesssss

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13:58 Mar 24, 2021

Here is the link to the Change It petition I made: http://chng.it/h7rrPwBzd7

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15:05 Mar 24, 2021

No problem!! :)

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Ana Govindasamy
09:29 Mar 27, 2021

Signed it, thanks!

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17:03 Mar 29, 2021

Awesome!!!!

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Emma Kate
21:21 Apr 24, 2021

I was about to say that. Good! -Emma

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Emma Kate
21:28 Apr 24, 2021

http://chng.it/694FLgXR66 (this is made by Felicity Anne).

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Thank you, but, honestly, i dont care abt points anymore.

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Emma Kate
12:17 Apr 25, 2021

Yes, I mentioned it previously in my first comment, that many now don't care (and it's a good thing) and still keep writing!

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Ana Govindasamy
09:27 Mar 27, 2021

Lost around 300/200 points last night while I was sleeping ahahahahah, I honestly donโ€™t care, but it really can hurt some people. Donโ€™t get why people do it, but theyโ€™ll always be bad people in this world. Iโ€™ll copy paste this in a prompt that kinda fits so that it gets accepted (hopefully). Love ya, and remember that Reedsy is more than points. Thereโ€™s talent and writing here too! Have fun guys, but letโ€™s stop with the downvoting, do you really get a kick out of it?

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Darn. I'm sorry. Yeah, I've also gotten to that point where its like, "You know what? Fine." but other people aren't quite there. I'm putting my work out there, and that's all that matters. Yeah, I personally think they'll delete this, like "Haha no" but I hope not. <3 Reedsy is totally more than points. Yes! Some people probably do get a kick out of it, unfortunately. :/

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Ana Govindasamy
14:08 Mar 27, 2021

Ugh, I know right? Good on you for still sharing your work though, Carolina!

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Darn. I'm sorry. Yeah, I've also gotten to that point where its like, "You know what? Fine." but other people aren't quite there. I'm putting my work out there, and that's all that matters. Yeah, I personally think they'll delete this, like "Haha no" but I hope not. <3 Reedsy is totally more than points. Yes! Some people probably do get a kick out of it, unfortunately. :/

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Nora Ouardi
14:21 Mar 28, 2021

Can you add me to the list? I doubt i've gotten downvoted before, but I 100% agree with you! This is unacceptable and being downvoted should have never existed in the first place. Constructive critism is one thing, but hating and making the author feel disliked is another. I'm glad you are talking about this because this has gone on for too long.

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Thanks Nora! I'll have to make a new one because they approved this one...so I can't add to it. But it's weird because they approved it without sending me a notification or an email...

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Nora Ouardi
15:19 Mar 28, 2021

That IS weird.... maybe someone from their team liked what you wrote and secretly approved it lol

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Yeah...or my thought was they didn't want me adding to it :/ who knows, i'm a pessimist

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Nora Ouardi
15:40 Mar 28, 2021

Stan Carolina for clear skin๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ’…

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Atychi Phobia
01:21 Mar 28, 2021

Could I sign?

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Atychi Phobia
17:32 Mar 28, 2021

Ah, I guess I should've been more specific. How do I sign? Should I just put my name in the comments?

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Oh, I'm sorry...reedsy approved it so I can't edit, I'll probably put a new one up soon or add the names in my bio. Sorry sorry!

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Atychi Phobia
12:47 Mar 29, 2021

Oh no, don't worry about it! No need to apologize. Thanks for letting me know.

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00:20 Mar 25, 2021

I haven't gotten down voted yet (thank the gods), but I would like to sign it. Please add my name. thank you

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me too please!! I really don't see why people make it a point to make others feel bad about themselves. I know it's going to make me sound old, but if you don't have anything nice to say... c'mon, you know where I was going with that, don't make me finish. ;)

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18:40 Mar 29, 2021

Lol I totally agree with you

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All my friends have this, so I'm just gonna say that you can talk to me if you need a friend. Also, I can make a private doc for us if we need to be in private

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Akshaya Sutrave
16:27 Mar 24, 2021

Cool idea!! :)))

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Nora Ouardi
01:09 Apr 04, 2021

Hey Carolina! I just wrote a story about down-voting. I think its really important and you inspired me to write it! I hope you check it out!

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Megha Dabral
14:49 Apr 03, 2021

Put my name too :)

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J J
18:06 Apr 02, 2021

I haven't been downvoted yet, (thank goodness). But, can you please add my name to the list? :D #StopDownvotingNow

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Hi! Welcome to reedsy! Sorry, I can't add anyone anymore, they approved it so i cant edit. But thanx for your support! :D

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Ruth Smith
02:23 Apr 01, 2021

I'm sorry, I am new to this site and I was trying to figure out where the down button is so I can avoid it. I see the likes thumbs up and the comments, but I'm missing where the down arrow is. Maybe that information might help us newbies.

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Ok! totally fine. If you look at your username, go to the left where it says "1 point". Then, to the left of that, there are to triangles, one upsidedown and the other right side up. The right side up is upvoting, the upside down is downvoting. :)

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Ruth Smith
02:54 Apr 01, 2021

Thanks!

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Chip Wiegand
21:28 Mar 31, 2021

Add me to your list - ยท.ยธยธ.ยทโ™ฉโ™ชโ™ซ ฯ‚ฤฆโ’พแต– ลดฮนั”๏ฝ‡รƒแ‘Žฤ‘ โ™ซโ™ชโ™ฉยท.ยธยธ.ยท (Personally I couldn't care less about points, but I agree with you that there should be no downvote button)

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Philip Clayberg
19:39 Mar 31, 2021

You can add my name. It's not the points I'm concerned about; it's the treatment of my fellow writers. I want our time and effort to be honestly appreciated, not beaten down into the dust. I have a rule of thumb: If I don't like a story for whatever reason, I don't downvote it. I try to find another story (by the same writer or by a different writer) and read that instead. Everyone has different tastes and we won't always agree with each other (which is okay by me). I know from my own experience what it's like not having honest suppor...

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agree with all of this! unfortunately, i can't add anymore names. I can't edit it anymore :/

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Philip Clayberg
19:59 Mar 31, 2021

Maybe things will improve in the future and there will be some other method for gauging a writer's improvements instead of points. I don't know what that would be. Maybe have tiers: Tier 1 - idea/inspiration/prompt. Tier 2 - poem. Tier 3 - poem collection. Tier 4 - flash story. Tier 5 - flash story collection. Tier 6 - short story. Tier 7 - short story collection. Tier 8 - novella. Tier 9 - novella collection. Tier 10 - novel/epic poem. Tier 11 - trilogy. Tier 12 - series of 5 books. Tier 13 - ongoing series (more than 5 books). Tier 13...

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Philip Clayberg
21:10 Mar 31, 2021

I just thought it made it less of a competition and more of a gauge of progress/improvement. Also, it means that if someone tries again to "punish" certain writers, it might prove to be more difficult to do so; the anonymous "trolls" wouldn't be able to cheat their way to a top score; there would be no such thing anymore; which hopefully would discourage such "trolls"; for some "trolls", getting the top score seems to matter more than anything because it gives them something to brag about and lord over the others on the listing. It also al...

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Kaylee Tinsley
18:37 Mar 31, 2021

Kaylee Tinsley. Reedsy, please read and comply with our requests!!!

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Maddison Carter
22:05 Mar 29, 2021

Ughhhhhhh I know! Reedsy had better listen now >:( Imma make a alter account, Moonlight ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿถ so if you get a random upvote message its from me :)

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