Seriously though, I don't know what gave you the idea that CathInfo is a democracy. Did Sean Johnson's recent impertinent topics give you the inspiration?
CathInfo doesn't have a board or a team of mods, or any kind of popular representation. It's a good old fashioned dictatorship or monarchy.
<--- I live in Texas though, so in lieu of a regular king's crown...
Says the guy who promptly obeyed Jaynek's "request" last week.
You made it seem like your monarchy was open to suggestion with that response.
My suggestion is sincere. It's not about me, or my rating, as I could not care less. I know my personal rating is completely related to one specific subject.
But Pax Vobis's observation is correct: people want to be liked on social media. Sean Johnson flipped out because he thinks downvotes mean he is unlikable.
My observation is also true: the "reputation" aspect of downvoting is being used punitively by users because it is under their name. The downvote is not always being used to disagree with what an individual post says.
I didn't expect you to do anything, but the discussion is valid and the abuse of the function is real.