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If you're talking about questions where there's a genuine issue at hand that isn't a troll question or otherwise poorly posed question, there's a natural reason for it. People sometimes field "horrible ideas*" that seem reasonable to them as questions. That garners downvotes, no matter how the question is presented. For example: Pass on medical information ...


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Some of these questions were valid, though they could have been written better. But is that enough reason to mark them down? Sure. There are other reasons to downvote something, but "hard to read" is legit. This isn't some grade-school essay contest where you get points just for completing the assignment - if your question or answer isn't accessible and ...


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Is this type of behavior considered inappropriate for SE? Yes, because you are targeting one specific user. From the FAQ: The user then visits their profile and, like with serial upvoting, systematically visits their posts and downvotes them. Here from one of Tim Post's answers: Serial voting describes a pattern where your votes seem to focus on ...


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One thing I've noticed is that there is a downvoting police, that goes around giving -1 to anything they don't like. Good, the system works. We encourage people to downvote content they don't find useful. It's the same with many answers. They have a plus score, and I found them useful; yet when I come back a few minutes later, they have gone to negative. ...


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Many of the down votes seem to be in regards to answers either not being answers or not meeting the guidelines listed in The Help Center: How should I answer? Make sure your answer adds helpful information and is a complete, stand-alone answer. Read other answers first and be sure not to completely restate information that has already been posted. Please ...


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This user script from StackApps allows you to add pro-forma comments to any post on any site. It comes with some standard ones, but you can edit the list to either change those or add new ones. A "welcome to our site" message is a good one to have (with link to the "about" page, optionally). You can use this script to create a comment like the one in the ...


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Does it have something to do with the fact that I achieved 200 reputation on this day and somehow caped my reputation gain? Yes, that's exactly it. You reached your 200 rep max for the day, preventing you from receiving reputation from any more upvotes. Then you downvoted a question, which cost you 1 reputation. At that point you had earned a net +199 ...


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I didn't DV it, but as I said in a comment before seeing that, put this into the "Ask a question" box: I'm underpaid! When, and how, to approach this with my boss? It's annoying to me when people post a duplicate question after seeing a very clear duplicate. This to me says "I can't be bothered to look at the questions the site said are related and one ...


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Some of this, it seems to me, is the nature of the site. On some of the more technical sites, there are questions where only a handful of people in the world may be able to answer. In fact, sometimes even the questions can only be understood by a (relatively) small number of people. Furthermore, answers are often very clearly right or wrong/work or don't ...


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Downvoting is by default anonymous. People can downvote for whatever reason they want, whether it's because they are annoyed, misclick the down arrow (I've done this a few times...), or just because. But here are a few possibilities I could see as reasons it's been downvoted: As Philip Kendall said, there have been a lot of similar questions from this user ...


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I see your point - and at least can agree to the observation that in my experience, as well, the downvoting is faster and more likely on this site than on many other SE sites I've seen. I'm torn on whether that's good or bad and/or what it means. Being so torn, I don't have a great answer on what to do (if anything) about it, but here's some observations. ...


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An answer that fails to actually provide an answer to the question is one reason to downvote - another is when the answer is not a good answer to the question. The whole idea of the voting system is to help the asker choose the best answer.


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A few thoughts, too long to put into a comment: Questions being "on hold" are not necessarily a bad thing, if the questions are off topic. This is intended to allow time to edit and reopen questions. Often, I think many of the on hold questions could be edited to become on topic. However some just aren't on topic Voting isn't an indication of whether a ...


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Workplace SE, like many other SE sites, focuses on specific goals. Specifically, questions should be about a real problem faced in the workplace and should be something we can answer factually without guesswork. Looking at a few down voted questions on the main page, they can be improved via editing by focusing on the quality of the communications. If you ...


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You probably have 1000 reputation on Stack Overflow. From the privileges page: Awarded At: 1,000 Reputation What are Established Users? Established users are those who have been participating on the site for a fair amount of time. They gain the following privileges. They may view the vote counts on posts An expanded usercard will show additional profile ...


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Note: As Joe's answer points out, downvotes are anonymous and are not required to be explained. There are a zillion feature-request on Meta Stack Overflow asking for people to be forced to explain themselves, but they are constantly declined. As a result, the below is speculation on my part. Questions that ask for 'Tips or Advice' are usually downvoted ...


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Legitimate reasons to downvote include: The answer is (in the voter's opinion) wrong. The answer might or might not be right but is unsupported. The answer is incomprehensible (also flag as "very low quality"). The post doesn't actually answer the question (also flag as "not an answer"). In this specific case, the post is a two-sentence assertion without ...


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Since an up vote is +10 and a down vote is -2, the system already allows for the fact that there will just be jerks. In order for a person to do any real damage to your reputation, they'd have to be obsessively down-voting you. If that happens, it trips an algorithm and alerts the staff and mods, then someone has some serious 'splainin to do, and the down-...


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The downvote button has the following text: "Does not show any research; it is unclear or not useful". Unless you hear otherwise, you should assume that is the reason for any downvote. That's the way the system is designed to work. What can we do something about it? You can appeal to the site designers to change the way the site works.


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This has been discussed many times before on MSO... well, MSE now, and it's as good as it's gonna get. There will be no mechanism to force people to explain a downvote, and thus, most people won't. As to why, three main reasons: People will type anything in a textbox to "get past it," so forcing people to comment on a downvote results in a lot of garbage. ...


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The question has gotten almost 4k views in about a day. It's getting a lot of attention, and attention naturally leads to votes (in both directions). Moderators do not have the ability to inspect votes on individual posts; votes are private and Stack Exchange takes this very seriously. Sometimes we can learn about patterns of suspicious voting, but this ...


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I wasn't one of the ones who voted to close, but I can see their reasoning. The question closed because "Real questions have answers". In other words, your post does a lot of rambling and ranting, and the actual question you are asking is not very clear. Yes, context is important, but in your case the question gets lost amidst all of the background. You don'...


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I started to write a comment on another answer but realized my thoughts might be worthy of their own answer. Basically, I think @BoogaRoo is more or less correct that downvotes often happen because people think "golly this is a bad idea." Personally, I try to take the approach of seeing things through the asker's perspective, and assuming they have the best ...


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I only agree with close votes part. Closing should be reserved to questions which can't possibly be answered well, like questions asking for opinions, rants phrased as questions or unclear questions which can only be answered with guesses. Voting is a different matter. We all have different views on what questions are useful, and are free to vote ...


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I downvote most often because I think the answer is wrong. Telling the poster that I think they are wrong is not helpful. the downvotes do that on their own. If an answer is wrong then the only way to suggest a fix is to suggest they delete their answer. Since many of the answers are opinions and it is just my opinion that it is wrong I do not even want ...


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I don't know why the question was downvoted. Explanations for downvotes aren't required and are seldom offered. But just because a question is downvoted, that doesn't mean you won't get a helpful answer. It's possible that some feel that your question is too specific, and not applicable to a wide enough workplace.stackexchange audience, or is otherwise "not ...


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