What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 133 Stack Exchange communities.

I posted this question.
At the beginning only the part before "EDIT" appeared.
I immediately got 3 upvotes on the question. Why? I don't believe it was really helpful to anyone but me. Is it because it was phrased accordingly to the rules ?

Later, two things happened: I edited the question by adding the real code to help people helping me. Shortly after I found out the problem myself and it was somewhere else - the bug was not related to the code I suspected. So I posted my own answer explaining what the problem was. I +1ed the answers which are correct but did not help me solving the problem since they just could not.

At that time I got heavily downvoted and I don't understand why. I don't have the rights to see who downvoted and ask why.

I am not questioning the downvotes, I only want to understand what I did wrong

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by casperOne Nov 4 '12 at 13:18

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

4  
I only see one downvote on that question, am I missing something? –  Mad Scientist Nov 4 '12 at 9:07
    
I dont have the rights to see who downvoted and ask why No one can see who downvoted, voting (up & down) is anonymous. –  Yannis Nov 4 '12 at 9:08
2  
I don't think you got heavily downvoted - you only got -1, but people probably retract their upvote after they see that the answer is not derivable from the question you asked and wasted their time. –  nhahtdh Nov 4 '12 at 9:09
1  
I can't tell you if this is the reason or not, but the lack of good file naming conventions makes this a monster to understand. Now, you're intimately familiar enough with the code that B.m and C.m and A.m all make sense to you, but not to people trying to help you who have never ever seen your code before.... just something to think about.... –  jmort253 Nov 4 '12 at 9:18
    
@nhahtdh - I see -7 in my reputation with two events. –  Louis Shraga Nov 4 '12 at 10:25
    
@jmort253 - actaully, I tried to simplify the files names so it is easier to follow. My actual file names are long :). But I get your point. thanks –  Louis Shraga Nov 4 '12 at 10:26
    
You're welcome. Interesting perspective though. I actually think more meaningful names would be better than generic letters. It's good you're thinking of making your questions readable though. :) –  jmort253 Nov 4 '12 at 10:30
    
@LouisShraga: 1 downvote and 1 unupvote. –  nhahtdh Nov 4 '12 at 12:05
    

1 Answer 1

I immediately got 3 upvotes on the question. Why? I dont believe it was really helpful to anyone but me. Is it because it was phrased accordingly to the rules ?

Votes are anonymous, there is no way to tell who cast them or why.

However, I'll hazard a guess as to where the upvotes came from. There is a new tool accessible to users with more than 2000 reputation points, the "review queue". One of the possible actions in this tool is to upvote. When you have made a certain number of reviews (Including upvotes), you stand to earn a gold badge.

Apparently, there are some users who will just click through lots of questions and upvote everything they see to get the badge, regardless of quality. Your question may have got three upvotes because of this. This is a problem for the site overall, and I expect it will be fixed eventually.

The downvote may have been to cancel those upvotes out. I do that occasionally when I see a lot of clearly misguided upvotes piling up on a question. However, the voter may also have had issues with your post's quality - I can't judge that as I'm not qualified to.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .