Hello there! It is I, Nier, and I shall bring up something that many people either feel very against or very for bringing back, the Dislike button. Time for an end all be all thread, and why I think it should be brought back to the forums. History Way back in what some might remember as the time when Chiss was the bees knees, back when we actually had a good player count, the forums environment was quite different. Typically more thorough forum posts, lots of Enjin, and lots of emoticons available to choose from for reacting to posts. We had a selection of emotes from like, dislike, funny, creative, flame-war, etc. Time comes where some very questionable patches were coming out, and these patch forum posts would be assaulted with "dislike" reactions far more than likes or anything positive. For good reason, these patches were bad and the reaction was serving its purpose. However, those in the silver thrones above us didn't quite see it the same way. They perceived the mass dislike counts as "spam" and eventually the dislike emote was removed from being used. You could still see dislike reactions on any posts that had them use don, but you could no longer use them on any new threads or replies. The community found this as an act of censorship and comically started using the "funny" reaction as the new dislike reaction. After a little bit of asking the community to stop funny spamming posts, Mineplex flipped the table in rage and went back to the potato emote we all know and love today. That was, until Mineplex very very quietly killed the Enjin based forum site as we all moved to this new xen site. You used to be able to access forum posts, but now every single thread is missing, all front page posts eradicated, and now the only functioning thing available is the store. Yes, its functioning, without sale updates. You can still buy things from it. Classic capital at it's finest. The Now-Times Keeping it sweet and medium sized, I think the dislike button should make a return. Why? Well, let's evaluate the current forum situation at hand. Ever since the forum rules reform after the xen site (this site) went public, the rules against post boosting took a complete 180. Now, it's very hard to get warned for post boosting if you're being positive. All it takes is "+1, I like this idea, good job OP" and according to the forums team, this isn't post boosting. This is actually from the Leadership Team, that chose that the post boosting rule be super lenient, probably to make the forums seem active. Just a business image move here, nothing to see go along. However, this greatly diminished the quality of discussions on the forums along with the ever relevant forums moderation being, putting it lightly, janky. A part of this mass quality decrease is the push towards positive posts over quality. This is evident over the "General Rudeness" warning basically covering anything that the previous "unconstructive criticism" rule covered that happened to be negative and come with a bit of constructive criticism. They knew what they were doing when they set up these rules changes over time. Now because you can just spam positive posts without repercussion and most negative posts get shot down with a warning of some sort, most people who want to be productive often look elsewhere to host good discussions. This is very, very bad. The forums have become more of a company image bolster than the place to hold actual solid discussions, which have instead moved onto a handful of Mineplex Discord servers. This isn't good, and it should change. Tilting the scale back! - Bring Back Dislike What would bringing back the dislike button do? Well, immediate effects would be apparent. Post boosts would be slammed with dislikes because of their useless contributions to threads and replies. This will mean discouragement for post boosting, without even changing the rule. More over time results would be a like / dislike ratio on idea posts and good / bad updates. Yes LT, Jarvis, this means if you push out bad news or bad updated, we will push that button. That's okay though, not everyone likes everyone's ideas, but this would serve as a self-functioning filter for good and bad content. Those who might get dislike bombed at one post, might be swayed to take some more in depth thought into their future posts or make attempts to work out their ideas with other people so that it could make more people happy. This can also potentially act as a sorting option for Mineplex forum posts, "search by most liked / disliked". Yes, this means that someone can disagree with you without exactly explaining why. This argument sounds like it would hold up, but we already have such a strong positive reinforcement system in the forums that a light disagreement just makes things more balanced again. Useless positive contributions? Might not be warned for, but prepare for dislikes. Post boosting? Might not be against the rules, but dislikes would ensue. Bad patches / updates? The community will be quick to tell you that the majority liked / disliked it, instead of a static like count only. Forums that only encourage positive moods and punish negativity, encourage spam and discourage productive communication and feedback. This also means less thoroughly thought out ideas will become pushed out in favor of ideas where the like / dislike ratio is larger because the OP took the community feedback in hand (and might've had a panic attack with the dislike count). Sounds negative, but it's necessary to promoting a productive forum where users who feel that they can spam poorly thought out ideas or post boost would be discouraged from continuing those habits. Not everything in life is positive, and we need to stop treating this forum site as a safe space for Mineplex. There's a reason why a lot of elite idea contributors and discussion keysmashers don't like it here. While a majority of the elites would rather like to see a post boost and general moderation reform, a simple red X or thumbs down goes a long way to start something new again... and those reforms are for a different time for another forum post. Oh, and bringing back dislike means poorly thought out moderation would get slammed. No more mini modding for robotic trainee posts. ;) Feel like I missed something? Just reply down below and I'll give you your answer, for it is time I get back to playing 1.14 and enjoying SoundCloud music.