Clarification on the rediquette around downvotes and asking for votes - is quoting out the rule around downvoting as disagreement to be considered breaking the rule around hinting at asking for votes? Have had a post deleted for quoting this rule and would like clarification.

Without more context, I'm unsure what else I could tell you.

Yeah I don't want to link or give screenshots because I don't want to give the mod in question the impression I'm attacking them or trying to talk shit on the sub.

It was a post that said somehting along the lines of "what's the sub's opinion on this one thing. I've seen some small discussions in other threads, but I think it might be useful if we had a discussion about it, hear all sides. All opinions are welcome".

Then one of the first posts, which was a completely benign opinion, was downvoted into the negative. All the other posts were of the opposite opinon. So I added an edit that said"Lets take it easy with the downvotes people - all opinions are welcome - just because someone has a different opinion to you isn't a reason to downvote them into oblivion, lets just talk this out instead".

A mod messaged me and said to remove it, I removed the word downvotes and left some vague language about opinons disappearing.

They pulled the whole thread, said it was against sub rules. I removed the whole edit, but messaged back to the mod and said I can't find anything about voting in the sub rules except, they said it was the rediquette rule about hinting for upvotes. I said I wasn't hinting at upvotes, I was pointing out the rule that says downvotes aren't for disagreements.

They reinstated the thread "because you removed the text". I asked again for clarification and was simply told "feel free to put the text back if you want to see what happens after that".

So I edited it with what I thought was a very straight forward reference to reddiquete, which couldn't possibly be constrewed as me looking for upvotes.

EDIT: Don't forget your reddiquette people - "Think before you downvote and take a moment to ensure you're downvoting someone because they are not contributing to the community dialogue or discussion. If you simply take a moment to stop, think and examine your reasons for downvoting, rather than doing so out of an emotional reaction, you will ensure that your downvotes are given for good reasons."

They removed the post again and I was told I'm being like the guys who argue with the TSA over nailclippers and should accept that the rules are the rules, full stop.

tl;dr I respect the rules, I just want to understand how I broke them.

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