I’m the main and only dev here. Although there is a ticket to have instances optionally disable downvotes that I might work on at some point, I personally really like the downvote. FB, twitter, insta, youtube, all either have gotten rid of the downvote, or never had it, and that’s partially why its comments are so much worse than reddits.
Reddit has a pretty bad ranking algorithm, but even with this, its comments are still much better overall.
A lot of people even suggested getting rid of votes altogether, which would turn this into a forum; and make any thread with more than 100 comments unreadable. Twitter is another platform that wants to get rid of upvotes / favorites, because they’re tired of seeing blue-check-marks getting ratio’d (IE politicians and celebrities getting downvoted by the proles).
how does the Lemmy ranking work? is it as simple as counting upvotes and uncounting the downvotes?
This has hot, top, and new, with default being hot, but you can change the default comment sort on your user settings page.
Here’s the thing I wrote on it. I put a lot of thought into the hot ranking, although I’m sure it will need tweaking once we get some really active threads.
Reddit’s post and comment sorting are actually kinda fucked, they’ve done analysis and found the first comment is the top comment in like 90% of threads.
you make me wish I didn’t stop studying Math, comrade hahaha
meta, site discussion