A link I submitted from The Planetary Society containing a science professional's first thoughts on the first pictures the MESSENGER probe sent back from Mercury is a good example. As of the time I'm writing this the submission had 26 points, from 43 upvotes and 17 downvotes. 17 downvotes?? In the science subreddit?? This is about Mercury, the first pictures of it taken in 30 years, including photos of areas of the planet that have never before been seen! Other than the initial "tactical" downvotes, how can anybody in the science subreddit rationalize downvoting this? If someone isn't interested in astronomy or planetary geology, that's fine, ignore the submission. I don't go around downvoting biology or psychology submissions just because I'm not interested in the subject matter, there are probably others that are interested in those fields, and science is a pretty broad subject area.
There's no point in ranting about this on reddit itself, which others have already done, and my rant would almost certainly get downvoted anyway :-)
So, since I do have a blog there are two things I can do:
- Rant it about here.
- Introduce "Kickouts", which are simply the links I submit to Reddit that will more often than not get downvoted away.
The next post will contain the inaugural set. Enjoy!