Still, there is a dyssymmetry to the system. How about a "Not So Much" button? This would be used when you don't like a post too much. It would differ from a "dislike" in several ways:
- it wouldn't "count" against the person receiving it - there would be no scoring or accounting of these anywhere but in the particular post.
- Not So Much votes wouldn't even appear unless at least one member liked the post.
- So, a post might have at the bottom "Kier and Mike like this, The Sandman not so much."
I think this would make the system more balanced while avoiding most of the negativity associated with a dislike. It is mildly annoying to see a post with a lot of likes if you don't like it so much. Posting later in the thread doesn't quite make up for it.