- Steem always had downvotes, a lot of users never accepted them.
- Flag wars, downvote retaliation and drama engagement happened every day.
Downvotes are being used, not as much as they should be and they never will, and this will be one of the reasons I don't have much faith in Steem thriving. There are plenty of reward pool abusers, spammers, circle jerkers and all other type of abusers... but there's nobody to fight against them. All those who were running anti-abuse and anti-spam bots are gone, and all the official abuse fighters like steemcleaners, cheetah and spaminator are pretty much dead.
This opens the door to any kind of selfvoter, friendvoter, spam poster... those that we know a lot about and we know they are abusing the reward pool, to do whatever they want. The koreans will be free to vote their friends all the time without any consequences and the spread of the reward pool will go to a small number of people (even more than what it did before) and the elites will be higher and the small fishes will be even lower on the food chain.
I don't believe this is going to change. You will have people like kingscrown, broncnutz, adsactly, jrcornel, exyle, the koreans (in general) getting a lot more wealthier by the minute and the minnows will be forgotten, I assure you this, without downvotes, the user rettention will drop even more because small users will see stupidly overrewarded people all the time and compare it to their crumbs and well... good luck with that.
Downvotes haven't been hardforked out of Steem (and I doubt the current witnesses have the knowledge to code it) but once they are - if they eventually are, since it was a Justin-promise to get people on his side - I can't wait to watch the show from the sidelines. Oh yeah, I'm not sticking around in the field to see how downvotes unfold.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my post from yesterday about downvotes, you inspired this post.