What purpose does downvoting questions serve?
I really want to know why down-voting a question is implemented in Stack Overflow. I have seen many questions down-voted and got frustrated. People are asking questions because they are looking for answers, what's the point in down-voting the question itself
Today I saw one of my questions was down-voted without a comment explaining the reason why.
Most of the fellow stackers responded to the question saying, "You didn't provide the expected result and that's the cause." I feel "Concatenating associative arrays" conveys everything. It doesn't require the expected result to be added.
And I wanted to convey my thoughts regarding this after getting your responses.
- I agree that down-voting the question is necessary if it's abusive or irrelevant. Not for forming the question (or perhaps not reading the FAQ). (If you don't understand the question, you can go ahead. Some people who understand the question will reply to it.)
- Down-voting the question and rude comments aren't necessary. The guys asking the question might be new to that technology (you can't always expect a very challenging question, say, "What's an associative array?" is also a question) or new to this site or poor in English.
- If you are down-voting the answer it means you are doing the right thing (and help the community to not follow the faulty approach). But down-voting question will not help you (I know it's just a negative).
All my below responses finally saying you are downvoted because the question is not understandable... I wanted say my last words in this and wont justfify myself hereafter.. Most people wont care to visit the downvoted question. i am lucky so i got an answer before its downvoted.. what if i downvoted before anyone answer my question. what others think abt that question when seeing this is listed in unanserwed tag. i myself propably think its a duplicate one and will avoid click the link.. most of them do this.
So if you wanted to downvote just leave a comment alongwith... thats all folks..