I don't understand upvotes and downvotes sometimes

When I make a completely positive post, talking about positive experiences and being nice, it gets downvoted. When I make a reply telling someone to keep up the honorable behaviour (it wasn't sarcastically, I genuinely meant that) it gets downvoted. How is it that if you're nice on the boards, you get more downvotes than upvotes? Is there something that I'm not understanding?

We're testing a new feature that gives the option to view discussion comments in chronological order. Some testers have pointed out situations in which they feel a linear view could be helpful, so we'd like see how you guys make use of it.

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