It has not escaped my attention today that one of our members is being down-voted excessively and has posted nothing here or within their own profile or other profiles that I could find that justify them being treated this way.

Reddit says the following about voting, both up and down:

>**Vote.** If you think something contributes to conversation, upvote it. If you think it does not contribute to the subreddit it is posted in or is off-topic in a particular community, downvote it.

r/BiGoneWild is a community that is here for bisexual redditors to post pictures and video, showing off in a comfortable environment without pressure or shame.

Down-voting a post because you personally don’t like it is both abusive of the voting feature and the individual who made the post.

This being an Adult community (18+) there is no excuse for anyone here to act like a child. If you simply don’t “like” something someone posted, down-voting it is breaking rule 2, DON’T BE A JERK. I am in a variety of subs, as a regular user (not a mod) and I see content all the time that I don’t particularly care for. I don’t down-vote it. I just scroll past.

This is not to be confused with posts that actively violate the rules. Anything that breaks any of Rules 1-10, 100% down-vote and/or report depending on the content of the post.

So I am going to ask that everyone here, treat everyone else here, the posts you see, as if they were posts by a friend. Not a best friend, because we tend to like most anything our best friend(s) say or do. Look at every post as if it was a casual friends post. If you don’t like it, just scroll past it. If you do like it, up-vote it. If you feel it is violating a rule, starting a fight, is misinformation or negative in nature/content, then down-vote it and or report it to me for review.

Simply down-voting someone because you just don’t like their post (be it text, picture or video) is petty and childish. Again, we’re adults and we’re all here to be supportive to everyone in our community.

I think I can speak for a lot of people here when I say that it has been a struggle for a lot of us to come out or even openly acknowledge that we are bisexual. Being bisexual has been for many years (and still is in some circles) considered a cop-out to just admitting we are gay. All of us are here because we know that is NOT true. We are bisexuals, we like both, regardless of how much or little, how fluid or varying the attractions are, we like both. We aren’t confused, we aren’t cowards. Getting the guts/nerve up to post publicly the content this sub features takes A LOT for most people. Down-voting for things that don’t break the rules is considered bullying and we aren’t bullies. This isn’t high school, middle school or elementary school. Don’t act like a child and treat someone poorly just because something about them rubs you the wrong way.

We are here to support each other. We are here to lift each other up, celebrate our bodies, our sexuality and individual expressions of which those things are made of.

Be the positive change you want to see. We’re bigger than the negativity that is everywhere right now. In our little community here we can make someones’ day so easily, why waste it using this community to make someone feel bad? We’re better than that, ALL OF US.