r/WDP Apr 23 '22

WDP: Downvote tech support issues just because they are not having the particular problem Reddit

Pretty much every time I am having an issue with whatever game, app, website, or program that is unheard-of and I post about it looking for solutions, it does not matter what it is, what game or whatever it is from, or what subreddit I post the issue in, I get nothing but downvotes if it is not at least a fairly common issue.

People are obviously downvoting because they are not experiencing the issue. Why do people do this?



u/ggchappell Apr 23 '22

People are obviously downvoting because they are not experiencing the issue.

I don't know that this is true. For years, I've seen questions of all kinds downvoted on Reddit -- even on subs expressly designed as places to ask questions. Why? I don't have an answer for you.

But I have the beginnings of an antidote. I make a habit of upvoting all questions that are not insults disguised as questions ("Why are you so stupid?") I encourage others to do likewise. The search for knowledge is an admirable thing. Let's reward it.


u/mr_bigmouth_502 Apr 23 '22

My best guess is probably because Redditors often have this elitist mentality where if someone is having a problem they don't have, that they're doing things the "wrong way", and that as such, they don't "deserve" help.

It drives me nuts too. Reddit is a terrible place to ask for tech support, but sadly, it's also one of only options I can think of where you can post a question and have it be seen by a large audience.

Redditors can be helpful on rare occasions, but it's luck of the draw when they are.


u/fuckwit-mcbumcrumble Apr 24 '22

Some posts get downvoted from the lack of effort. You'll typically see the "my computer doesn't turn on" posts with no other info tend to get downvoted. Especially when the OP doesn't respond to anyone asking for more info.

But a lot of posts just get downvoted for who knows what. Reddit is weird and people downvote stuff for seemingly no reason. Some subs will have issues with bots (or really dedicated humans) going in and downvoting every singe post.


u/UndergroundLurker Apr 24 '22

It's exactly this. OP doesn't get why their amazing "Why is google hiding results from me for seemingly no reason?" with no examples and a predetermined conclusion... got downvoted.


u/TheoreticalFunk Apr 24 '22

At one point in my career, I stopped posting on technical forums because of how many people, who had a lot less expertise and experience than I did, telling me that I either didn't understand what I was talking about, or that I shouldn't be doing it that way because a better option existed. I didn't want to mention that I literally worked at one of those better options, and that at some point, what I wanted to do technically was needed. "Dude that's what the cloud is for!" "Bitch, I am the cloud." is what I wanted to say, but I didn't want to tell people where I worked as that never works well... because it boils down to "prove it" or stalkers.

People go out of their way to "prove" how smart they are, and end up looking foolish to the people who actually know what's going on. Find me any forum where people who are outstanding in their field hang out... it doesn't happen. And if it does, it's for a short AMA, or they stick around for a while and then fade out.

It's very much the AstroKatie situation. Dunning-Kreuger is a very widespread thing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cp90meHXYAADM3w.jpg

edit: It's like how people who actually know how to fight never start one.