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Sometimes i see a question being voted down because it used a poor programming approach: something like disabling error reporting or using globals, my doubt is: should a question asked using a bad programming practice be down voted?

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Can you link to some examples? – Bill the Lizard Apr 10 '12 at 20:55
The idea that lizards feed off berries, insects, or carrion is completely false. They actually feed off good examples! – Andrew Barber Apr 10 '12 at 22:36
@AndrewBarber Mmmmmm... carrion. – Bill the Lizard Apr 11 '12 at 13:19
up vote 5 down vote accepted

If the "bad programming practice" is what is proximately causing the confusion leading to the question, there seems to be no recognition - or worse, denial - of this fact, and the fact seems plainly obvious. Absolutely

If it is tangentially related, but an extremely bad practice that is going to cause related trouble? Maybe

If it's just bad, but not directly related? Ehh.

But ultimately, someone's reason for voting is their own.

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In all cases, I would comment about it. If I cared enough to bother, knowing attitude is likely to be the response I get. – Andrew Barber Apr 10 '12 at 20:56
-1 for displaying/encouraging bad answer formatting practices – Cody Gray Apr 10 '12 at 22:00
@TheEstablishment Your comment is interesting; I edited accordingly, btw. What is interesting is that you did a down vote commment on me (I expect you knew I would take it appropriately), but actually did not down vote. Not that you should down vote now that I've fixed it :p – Andrew Barber Apr 11 '12 at 13:57
Right, it was a joke. I wasn't really criticizing your formatting, either. I figured you'd know that, since you have enough magical unicorn points to see the vote splits. :-) – Cody Gray Apr 11 '12 at 15:58

I've seen some cases of this -- since we're free to vote for whatever reasons (or no reasons at all) I'm sure we'll always see this.

I usually leave a comment asking people to vote on the merits of the question, not on the merits of the ideas in the question, and, if the question was well-asked, I'll give it an up-vote myself.

Since down-votes hurt so little and up-votes help so much, it doesn't take many up-votes to more than negate the effects of some down-votes that appear to have been cast for "the wrong reasons". (Don't feel like you have to correct someone else's "mistaken down vote" -- vote up if you feel like the post is worth voting up.)

Be as forceful (yet polite) as you can in an answer or comment addressing why the practice is wrong. You'll get more up-votes yourself if you propose a better replacement.

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