I am one of the few who gave @GhostDog(OD) a negative vote. My vote worth was of -5. I gave a negative vote since I do not have the rank to remove promotions, which is what I personally would have done. I don't think Ghostdog has earned the MWO5 rank because I think he needs to get out of his comfort zone by stepping up, demonstrating leadership capabilities, and he also hasn't done anything that really stands out to me. The poor attitude he has exhibited due to the plethora of negative votes he received further reinforces my negative vote.
On a more positive note, none can take away the fact that Ghostdog does do good for division members; he runs, rushes, recruits, helps with transfers, and keeps track of inventory on the D2 clan mule. Even then, other members hosts runs, rush, recruit, and help with transfers. Keeping track of inventory isn't that significant to me.
When I read the OP, I was quite disappointed to learn that @Sassy and @PoPs(OD) have decided to apologize to Ghostdog; this, to me, was an example of inconsistent decision making. Though, I think it's possible that they felt pressured into having to revoke their negative votes which allowed Ghostdog to pass his promotion. In my opinion, their decision to revoke their votes has only empowered the ignorance of those who didn't understand the reasons behind the negative votes that were given. Such people probably didn't read what the votes said, and instead were upset at the big red numbers like a group of brainless bulls getting teased by matadors. And, as contrary to popular belief, there was no "let's all neg vote Ghostdog bandwagon.
I don't want people to think they are not allowed to give negative votes, nor that they should quit voting altogether. Not everyone is going to agree with each other-it's the internet. I am not in OD to create nor encourage an environment full of rainbows and sunshine where you get a free cream-filled orange flavored Popsicle rammed up your arse. I mean honestly, I cannot tolerate people who start crying whenever they, or someone else they like receives constructive criticism simply because of the "oh-so scary" negative red number that's next to it.
There have been a couple of instances in which I myself have been denied a promotion. I was a WO2 or WO3 and two people had put me up only to have those promos taken down by either Sassy or PoPs. You know what I did? Instead of becoming a crybaby and lashing out at anyone who said hi to me, I got my shit together, kept doing what I was doing and more. That proved to the division leaders that I'm Officer material. I hope that in the future, people can learn to analyze criticisms about themselves which will allow them to improve upon their performance as opposed to being offended.
If I receive negatives that offer constructive criticism on my future promotions, then I'll gladly read them and do my best to adapt.