I was asking a question and after placing a bounty of 200 points, I got two completely incorrect answers and was commenting on them. I had a dilemma whether I should also downvote them. Reasons speaking for downvoting:
- Other people might get confused and think this answer is correct.
- Both answers already got 1 upvote; they could get 2 upvotes and half of the bounty (100 pts) may have been awarded to completely wrong answer. I was afraid of that (and also placed a feature request to help in this regard), mainly because it would confuse the readers even more when they would see that the answer got 100 pts bounty reward.
- The tooltip of the downvote button speaks "This answer is not useful" - which it actually is not.
On the other hand, I recognized that both answerers had put an substantial time and effort in their answers and downvote actually "punishes" them for it.
So, what would be the ethics for downvoting answers of my own question? And, for dowvoting answers of question of other people - will it be different?