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  • RegisteredOctober 27, 2013
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Forums > Living in Kunming > thumbs up & down

The downvote function was a sensible feature that served some useful purposes as others have described above.

Sadly, it was irresponsibly abused by a number of people. To cite a few examples of senseless/trollish downvoting:

- There was a long period during which Alien/Ishmael would automatically get voted down every time he so much as stuck his head above the parapet.

- Jokes were frequently downvoted (leaving aside my own which may well have deserved it), lending a grim cast to the forums.

- Perhaps the quintessential case was a while back when @bilingualexpat got net -4 votes simply for writing “Most importantly, who knows what sorts of burden and anguish they bear in life? We need to be kinder to each other."

And perversely, even as the downvote system failed to deter trolls from plying their trade in the forums, I suspect it kept away some kinder people because its abuse fostered a climate that could come off as negative and intimidating.

So on balance, I am not sorry to see downvotes go.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Bus Route Handbook / Map

@dukeisme is correct. Such a map should exist, but nobody has found one yet even though the question has been repeatedly raised on these forums.

As a lame partial substitute, you can see a full individual route laid out on a city map by entering "公共汽车" plus the route number into the Baidu Maps search box.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Raccoon dog

I was walking through my xiaoqu tonight when I saw what I thought was a big tomcat trotting along in front of me. I got closer and thought "That is the Incredible Hulk of tomcats," and then it dawned on me that it was no cat.

I didn't get a look at its face, but I think it was a raccoon dog. Has anybody else seen one around?


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@viyida wrote: "MAD (mutual assured destruction) leverage"

An oxymoron. MAD is bi-directional, hence the "mutual". Both sides have reduced leverage over each other under MAD, because threats to use conventional force have low credibility in light of the extreme risks involved.

cloudtraprezer wrote: "宣传部宣"

Turn that smile upside down, sezuwupom. Expressing positive sentiments about fast, comfortable, affordable and environmentally-sustainable new rail connections is not allowed by the comments police. Anyone who is not sufficiently glum will be ridiculed.