Let's be happy we have both applaud and smite, the people over facebook have been desperately trying to get a dislike button while we already have one.
Stay positive mates. Being smited online has nothing to do with Canon gear and terrific photos. Which is why I never give smites. (:
I see where you're going, but the Facebook crowd wants a dislike button so when someone updates their status as "I'm sick and in bed all day
", everyone can give a sympathetic dislike for their misfortune. Here it's used as a weapon (and I use that term loosely...). Here you get smited for liking a piece of equipment, not liking a piece of equipment, posting pictures, talking about the gear you have, stating an opinion (pleasant or not), stating fact (pleasant or not), being a new guy and asking a simple question, agreeing or disagreeing with another poster and on and on.
Are smites the end of the world? No. I have sh*tty karma and I'm not going anywhere. But there is significant proof that it bothers some people and people have left the forum, like the OP of this very thread. It's beyond me why CR keeps a pointless system that scares off people from visiting their website.
I think CR should open up another poll when the next big release happens. That way they'll get more traffic and voters. It should have been done while we were all waiting for the 5D mk III.