Yeah its planned, will be replacing "likes" with the upvote/downvote mechanism in near future
Having previously worked at Facebook in a data team I'm not a big fan of this idea.
We had compiled over 7,000 pages of research that shows offering a down mechanisim simply makes people feel like they shouldn't be contributing. Even if only offered as a spam control system people will use it to downvote opinions etc they don't like and if they can see that happening they will get discouraged and stop participating.
No matter how well intentioned a downvote system will breed negativity and the research completed showed even if it is said to be only for "spam control" if the end users can see the impact of a downvote.
@adam thoughts on this?
I've heared of that a couple of times and I think there is truth behind that. Only difference to most existing systems is that here you also get rewards. So to me it is a bit another story. But for sure it is never perfect to have downvotes. An alternative would be two levels of upvotes:
- upvote/"like" (meaning: I agree, or I see your point , or some point you make are valid or some nice ne aspects mentioned, or good summary of the matter)
- double upvote/"love" (outstanding point/opinion/idea)
I called it double upvote/"love", because I didn't found a better term, but I guess you understand. I think that two up levels are enough (more would make it difficult). But two permit you to give out more votes without diluting the ones you think deserve special attention/reward/upvote