Just looking at the ratings on this thread it seems the tide has turned. Where once people who promoted the game often got rated down, it seems that people, just by saying they're not impressed with the game are being rated down now. Now not that it's any of my business to tell people what, when or how they should rate, but it doesn't really seem right to rate people down just because they don't share your perspective, especially if they aren't being offensive. I've been fairly rated down for being offensive before and accept that, but remember the golden rule people. Though I am definitely a pro-ffxiv person, I know it doesn't feel nice to be rated down just because you shared an opinion. I haven't seen too many negative responses here that were offensive, yet they were almost all rated down to a man. Think we can do better guys :)
Are you sure? The haters are getting rated up. I'm personally getting karma bombed for saying the game isn't that bad. I don't even care about the whole karma thing, but I do think it's amusing.
Seems to be in this thread at least. Most of the pro comments seem to have been rated up to good, while most of the bad comments seem to be rated down to decent or default. Maybe it's a case of people being tired of complaining in general, don't know. I just remember, around the time I took a break from these forums for being tired of complaining myself, seeing a post where someone posted a rather nice and diplomatic thread about being rated down just for saying he liked the game. My guess is that it's happening on both sides, but I have noticed one thing. Most of the people who are sages and gurus seem to have more or less tolerant personalities, and either they are positive about the game, or constructive with their criticism. It's really just human nature taking it's course so maybe my previous post is moot, though I know I would like to see people rate more objectively than emotionally.
And though yeah, I don't think too many of us take the rating system super seriously, it is definitely a slap in the face all the same to be rated down to default just for sharing your opinion. It's one thing to centre your posts around getting good ratings, and another thing to simply feel good when you get rated up and bad when you get defaulted.