What's going on with DesignerNews?

4 years ago from Riho Kroll, Lead UI/UX Designer

  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 4 years ago

    Mod here. What's happening is a combination of several issues, the most significant being the abuse of down votes. There are several (probably an understatement) users (or bots) who routinely down vote all the content (except their own). Which leads to most posts not making it beyond the recent page and the front page becoming full of stale content.

    There also may be an issue with the algorithm, but you'd have to ask @MattH, the community manager, about that. Just pinged him so, hopefully he'll pop in here to let us know what's happening.

    6 points
    • Pablo StanleyPablo Stanley, 4 years ago

      Wow. Pretty interesting. Do you have an idea of where are the downvote bots coming from?

      1 point
      • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 4 years ago

        I meant to suggest bots as an option rather than communicate that we're sure bots are a thing here. Based on Matthew's comment below, I'm guessing it's just selfish people downvoting everything else. We're sure it's being abused, bots (in addition to users) was just my suspicion.

        -1 points
    • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, 4 years ago

      Why not just remove downvotes then?

      0 points
    • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 4 years ago

      I noticed after I rubbished on a particularly low quality list-blog post from an Indian-based design firm, I received a sudden torrent on downvotes across all my historical posts.. I think I upset everyone in their company by saying the blog was bad.

      1 point
      • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, 4 years ago

        Mod here: Oh yeah. I told a few accounts to stop spamming the index with listicles, and all my submissions have been downvoted en masse since then.

        2 points