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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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but am I 'allowed' to vote for re-opening; I have the ability - but should I exercise it? Yes. That's basically the standard protocol. Thanks for taking the time to attempt to improve the question.


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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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Ah the good old Hot Network Questions Welcome to the populist swamp that The Workplace becomes when it ends up on the Hot Network Questions. You'll find that in many cases, answers on HNQs tend to get upvotes when they support "what feels right", even if that doesn't match reality, which is altogether less fair. Answers that point out those issues ...


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Is it possible to reset my vote on that answer so I can properly upvote it? It would be if the post got edited, moment in which you would be able to re-cast your vote on the answer. However, editing just for you to be able to change your vote doesn't seem a proper course of action to me... unless the post could use some edits in first place. I suggest ...


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Congratulations! I don't think much changes about the tools you previously had access to. You should vote, review, close/reopen, edit, comment, and flag the same as you did before. Your flags don't now carry more weight, for example. In the low-quality review queue your "recommend deletion" option might be replaced with a "delete" option; I'm not sure if ...


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Ok, so these numbers are for the entire history of the site and include all posts - questions, answers, deleted, closed, whatever. It does not, for what should be obvious reasons, include deleted/retracted votes. Posts with outsider agreement: 8673 Posts with outsider disagreement: 685 Posts where outsider + insider ...


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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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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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For people struggling to perform their civic duty, here are a few queries that may help: Open Questions with over 1000 views and Scores Less than 3 Questions that haven't been closed and have over 1000 views are useful (or at least easy to find). There are less than 500 questions with over 1000 views, so we should make sure that they are good representatives ...


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Please, no. Do not downvote too much. I can tell you couple reasons for that if you wish: It is not a fortunate form of negative criticism; it's not constructive, and it feels worse to the target person than it seems. In most cases, you don't want to lose the person, you want them to get better. For that, constructive and encouraging criticism is necessary, ...


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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 disagree with your chatacterization of the answers as being high risk. While it is true that some organizations have a culture of no time off, violating that cultural expectation is unlikely to result in a significant negative outcome -- a realistic worst case scenario is that he doesn't get a bonuses/promotion. For the bonus, if his co-workers don't ...


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