After ability to up/downvote posts was added on a forum, I've gotten the impression that users are posting less. I'm not sure if it's just a hunch or a fact, and the platform doesn't provide statistics to confirm it, so I'd like to ask if this has been studied/observed.
The rationale is simple: while before, users expressing approval or disapproval, would post their opinions, adding their own thoughts, leading to extended discussions as they challenge each other's points and defend their own, currently a user in disagreement just presses
- and... you can't discuss with a "-1", or the user presses
+ and... +1 doesn't extend the point of the post, doesn't add anything to it. It's the lazy way which allows them to take a stance with minimum effort at cost of stripping them of the ability to expand or challenge the information posted.
On the other hand, getting a couple pluses gives an extra incentive for posting, in particular good posting.
How does that look practically?