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Option to assign negative kudos

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Todor V Member Since: Aug 19, 2015
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I would appreciate the feedback of the community if Upwork should incorporate the option to "dislike" a comment. The reason is that a lot of discussions water down due to different posting that are not related to the tipoc, do not contribute to the discussion, and generate responses that can take the discussion away from the original idea.


I have not been for long on the forum, so probably my listing is slightly short, but these are some types of posting that probably should get "dislike" kudos:


1. Direct offence or rude answer to another member. Some people could not hold their temper, and sometimes the responses are too harsh (probably). 


2. Generally offensive comments about the community, the opinions, the clients, etc. 


3. Improper jokes, that may fall under any of the two categories, or simply demonstarte bad manners / bad taste.


4. Some freelancers / clients (as they can have the two roles) sometimes write as if they are working for Upwork. I guess what we are looking here is the view of a client or freelancer; there are moderators to transmit the opinion and the policies of Upwork. Of course, it is highly appreciated when somebody explains how the system works, posts its ToS, etc., but going the extra mile to sound as Upwork employye...or subcontractor probably deserves "dislike" kudos.


Do you think this will streamline the discussions? Would you support such suggestion? 

Community Manager
Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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Hi Todor,


Thanks for your feedback. We do not have any plans to implement a "dislike kudos" feature. However, if you see a post that you find offensive please report it here in the Community so that one of us moderators will be notified. 



Ace Contributor
Todor V Member Since: Aug 19, 2015
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Thank you, Lena,


I somehow would prefer that the community regulates itself, both in the good and in the bad;


I guess, if there is something outright offensive, people will report it. 

Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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What is an improper joke?

Community Guru
Mariska P Member Since: Apr 27, 2015
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I'm doomed, if there's every a complaint about an 'improper joke'... but I'll be sitting in the Upwork dustbin with some very cool people! Smiley Wink 

Community Guru
Cathleen C Member Since: Aug 17, 2015
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Just about every forum I have been on has ADD threads (topic drift or downright thread hijacking), improper jokes, and the other things you mention. I agree they are annoying, but when it starts to bug me, I just take a break from the forums.


There are a diverse group of people coming here and I don't know how you can regulate these things. This isn't a social platform, so I don't really care about a like/dislike button. I don't know if Upwork rewards people who collect the most kudos, but as far as I am concerned, that could go to. The only function it serves is to let me know that there are others here who think the way I do (or don't, whichever the case). And I already know I think differently than most. Smiley LOL

Community Guru
Setu M Member Since: Jan 26, 2014
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While I would not implement a "dislike post" button, I fully agree with everything else.

Matter of fact, your experience you complain about today, would have been a hundred times worse a few weeks ago.

You'd probably just leave all together. So take comfort in that.
---- easy like Sunday morning ----
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Todor V Member Since: Aug 19, 2015
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@ Nicola L.

What is an improper joke?


I hope that the following saying is a good enough for getting the definition: "Pornography is hard to define, but when you see it, you know it". 



@ Setu M.

While I would not implement a "dislike post" button, I fully agree with everything else.


Well, I am just trying to originate a discussion what can be done to aleviate what "have been a hundred times worse a few weeks ago." Probably Upwork should take out the "Kudos" button, and make the discussions prone to posting only relevant opinions. 

Community Guru
Evelina H Member Since: Jan 29, 2015
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So, let's add a Negative Kudo and penalize moderate jokes? That sounds like school to me :-/ Come on, we're grown up people here! We don't need a teacher to penalize or reward us for good behavior. Going through the harsh rules of the school system is enough for me. And that quoted joke is very far from an improper joke. In fact, it's very mild Smiley Happy

Community Guru
Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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I agree with what Cathleen has said, actually, and she just so happens to be someone I disagreed with a while ago. The thing is, Upwork has supplied this forum as a place where people can give their opinions, whether they agree with the thread or not. 


If someone has the right to make a statement, someone else has the right to disagree. Would the person who does not agree be necessarily wrong, and in this instance, would their point of view be deemed inappropriate...and if yes, by whom?


I believe freedom of speech should at all times be kept, regardless of whether I agree or not. 


Also, when 'policing' for want of a better word takes place, many people would stop taking part in the forum discussions at all, in effect, defeating the purpose of its original intention.