I can’t read a news article anymore without thinking of how many upvotes I’d get if I posted it to Lemmy. People are fucking dying.

I suppose the scoring mechanism is a way to distinguish higher-quality posts from lower-quality ones, but I also wonder whether “humane” social media like Lemmy blindly adopts techniques from mainstream social media that serves to increase engagement and profit. I wonder what a radical anticapitalist rethinking of social media would look like.

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44 Monate

It is possible to hide the voting status by un-checking Show Scores on the Settings page.

@sexy_peach@feddit.de
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24 Monate

but they’re an addict, will they have the willpower to turn it off??? /s

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4 Monate

Lemmy already does not show user karma for that kind of concern you have. But maybe things could be even better. I suppose hiding the votes while still using them for ranking the search is a solution, but very often the score influences my vote in constructive ways. Sometimes I think a few upvotes or downvotes are enough, so I would not push past a certain mark. Sometimes I don’t have strong opinions about a post, but I think it has an unfair score, so I vote to balance it back to what I think should be more acceptable.

@sexy_peach@feddit.de
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24 Monate

I really like the votes. I don’t think that lemmy “blindly adopted” this mechanic, it’s a basic and very useful stat of “how many people did approve this post”.

I have a username
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14 Monate

Yeah, it’s useful sometimes. I guess I just mean that Lemmy (and other fediverse sites) sometimes feel way more addictive than they should, and there may be some non-obvious choices (not necessarily the upvote system) that cause it to be this way that just wouldn’t be made if mainstream social media didn’t make those choices. There are choices in the scoring system that aren’t necessarily obvious (e.g. that downvotes are worth exactly as much as an upvote, or that users can vote on their own posts) that might be reflecting e.g. Reddit, but these examples aren’t really necessarily undesirable or addictive.

Catraism-Stalinism
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24 Monate

maybe we can just remove the visible number?

It is possible to hide the voting status by un-checking Show Scores on the Settings page.

Catraism-Stalinism
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14 Monate

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

thanks!

Amicese
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04 Monate

Kill the upvote system. Never needed and never will need it.

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