This is something that has been bugging me for many years now. I have many comments on Slashdot that have been modded up, and then modded down again using "overrated" for no reason. The last post that this happened to simply quoted a part of the article that apparently offended the groupthink.

What is the point of these overrated mods? The only time I've ever seen overrated being used, it's by abusive moderators who know a post is not trolling or flamebait, but don't like it for personal reasons. The way it doesn't leave any trace is doubly appealing for these people. Also, IIUC overrated mods are not meta-moderated. How comes?

I don't think slashdot would be any poorer if it were simply scrapped. Thoughts?