It seems to me that the question voting is trending lower for a lot of questions (I have noticed this particularly in C/C++ tagged questions.) It seems as if a lot of decent to good questions are getting downvoted and I am trying to understand why.
I think this is a good example of such a question (as I prepare to submit this it is rated at -1).
This question is
- Well formatted.
- Demonstrates a behavior in C that is not obvious.
- Was obviously thought well enough to generate substantial comments and answers.
- Has a clear, concise, and correct answer.
In short, I feel like this question is really at the core of what Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange is all about.
I guess my question is, if you are downvoting questions like this, why? And if you don't upvote them, why not?
EDIT -- I accepted Als' answers, but I appreciate everyone taking the time to comment on this post. There were some excellent points made. I don't think we have solved anything, but maybe there wasn't anything to solve. I hope that the Stack Overflow community tries to be diligent about duplicating questions rather than simply downvoting them, but I understand that is significantly more work.