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A common argument to say that one should take downvotes as judge of content quality, not character, but it seems apparent to me that to judge quality is to judge character. I explain my argument below.

Suppose some person does some unacceptable act, then it is not possible for us to punish the act in itself. The act is done and is in the past. We can only punish the person, for be an actor of the past. If we punish the person as an actor of the act, that seems indistinguishable from punishing the person for themself. Or, should such a distinction be made, if so, why?

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  • We should punish the playwright, not the actor.
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 22:53
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    "Hate the sin, not the sinner." - Gandhi (?)
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 23:14

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What if we look at it from the perspective of an English teacher at school?

When an English teacher marks your essays and points out errors, he's critiquing the work, not critiquing you as a person. His role is to evaluate how well the writing meets academic standards and provide feedback accordingly. He wants you to improve your writing skills, not feel bad about yourself.

The corrections he makes are about specific mistakes in spelling, grammar, style, and reasoning. He is judging the quality of what's on the page, not making assumptions about who you are.

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  • idt it matters, but this is a weak analogy
    – user67155
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 21:48
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    It\s an Ok analogy for the downvoting, downvoting is like giving marks. When I downvote some answer on SE I don't even care what kind of person gave it, cause I have no idea
    – user66933
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 21:50
  • teachers have training in recognising "good writing", have a definite mark scheme, have the authority necessary to if you like "punish" (in no way should social media be a punishment) students, are not your teacher because they're popular people, will explain themselves if asked, etc
    – user67155
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 21:52
  • so no, it is not a good analogy. why not draw an analogy with lab rats. anyway, you're screwing up the site etc. just like everyone else involved
    – user67155
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 21:54
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    "So raise your glass if you are wrong, in all the right ways..." - P!nk
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 23:19

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