« on: December 16, 2011, 03:08:15 PM »
I am fairly new to this forum (< 60 days) and did not understand the feature until recently.
I think it is a great feedback device for the site, but like everything, if abused or not used as intended, the outcome is worse that not having it there at all.
I have smited a few times when I felt that the post was mailcious or ill spirited. The threads will inevitably wander off topic, from time to time, but that is also the nature of a forum and open exchange of ideas. I subscribe to the philosophy that honest disagreement is healthy and should not be the sole reason to smite.
I have applauded numerous times when I felt that the post was valuable to me, for whatever reason (humor, insight, knoweledge, etc.) or contibuted to the discussion in a meaningful way.
Unfortunately, there are miserable people out there who have nothing better than to share their misery with others.
Hopefully I will not get too many smites for these "feelings".