Ask Leo: Do you get curation rewards when downvoting on Hive blockchain?

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Hive blockchain has a mechanism of balancing the rewards of a post with being plagiarism or spam-free or any other artificial way of trying to trick the system, and that is called downvoting. In the opposite way of appreciating good content, Hive users can criticize bad content by downvoting it and removing part of the curation rewards. This should discourage bad actors and help improve the quality of the content from blogging on Hive blockchain. But one question that I don't know the answer to has taken over my curiosity.

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Do you get curation rewards when downvoting on Hive blockchain?

As when upvoting and getting curation rewards, I wonder if downvoting has the same effect. In the same time if it does, is it in the same size as upvoting, or more rewards are given from the downvoting pool (if exists). Hopefully, this cannot be abused in one way or the other as while the intention might be right, the effects might be negative.

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I wish to pick your brains on this and see if you agree with the current downvote system or if you see it acting in a different way. Nevertheless, I believe that we need a mechanism to combat abuse and bad actors, but I am not sure about the efficiency of the current system and if it is demotivating enough in order to improve the quality of the platform.

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I guess my reaction is what does "improve the quality of the platform" mean to you.

When a post is zero'd out no curation rewards are paid.

What does Twitter do to improve "Quality".

It's my guess that at least half the large downvotes have much more to do with political and personal reasons than "Quality".

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That's quite true and downvoting is used sometimes just to limit the rewards without any relation to the quality. It might be a factor to spread the rewards, but on the other side, it should fight abuse and not the democracy of appreciating good content. But as this is subjective, probably there is no best recipe for it.

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I respect the DPOS system, where those with the most to gain or lose can make good or bad decisions as is their right as the largest stake holders.

While I often disagree with them, I don't disagree with it being a DPOS system and stake rules.

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This is the biggest downvotes, nearly all content based vs quality. When it comes to large stakeholders that are prone to dving, I feel very little resentment with them choosing to use their stake.

What I do get frustrated with is the "funded" program that can't quite stay out of the politics as well, and thus comes up with ridiculous satisfactions for their DVing.

Either way though, large stakeholders are "voting to fund" so I guess the best thing to do is avoid drama and realize only whales can change whale behavior.

Also we can focus on creating an autonomous community on Leo with a different culture.

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You don't earn by downvoting, but then it costs you nothing. It may bring retaliation, so you are taking a risk. I downvote when people are being dishonest with plagiarised content, but also when they abuse the system with excessive self-votes. It is up to the community to decide who gets rewards. I know some say self-votes are okay, but we can disagree on that. I just want rewards to go where they are actually earned.

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That's quite true and I think also that there is a learning curve and education on the Hive blockchain. In the beginning, I was self-voting myself, but in contradiction to that as my stake has increased I stopped doing that. It doesn't make sense as now if I self vote I am earning more, but on the other side, I don't feel right doing so and trying to promote a more fair behavior with other participants.

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We can actually do whatever we want, but we may be judged on it as everything is public. People will self-vote via proxy accounts, but sometimes that can be detected too.

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No. It costs you nothing as votes are free and should be your choice. I agree with downvotes for abuse related like plagiarism.

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