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The question: permutations and combinations

Why does it have so many upvotes?

  • it looks like homework
  • it shows no actual work done (the code sample is most likely an example program by the teacher)
  • it asks for code

I know it is quite old, but still, not a single downvote!

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And why does this get downvoted? Am I not allowed to ask such questions on meta? Is this question "unclear"? Don't any of you feel strange, that 6/0 votes were cast on this question and that nowadays all almost identical questions are closed immediately? – Dariusz Sep 3 '13 at 8:05
voting is different on meta. Also the linked to question is now in negative votes (!) – hayd Sep 3 '13 at 8:40
up vote 13 down vote accepted

6 upvotes is not "so many upvotes".

If I saw over 10/15, then OK possibly I would consider that a lot of upvotes.

And yes, August 2010 is ages ago, when the quality requirements were really much lower (and downvoting a question cost rep, so wasn't done as much as these days). Seeing as it is a basic, old, bad question it most likely doesn't get all that many views, hence no downvotes since.

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This possibly explains no downvotes, but why upvotes? Moreover, currently the community seems to strongly dislike such questions. What has changed? – Dariusz Sep 3 '13 at 8:06
@Dariusz The community has decided that it doesn't want that kind of question on the site... – Anthony Grist Sep 3 '13 at 8:11
@AnthonyGrist which explains that by now it has 3 downvotes lol – Michael Sep 3 '13 at 8:24
@Dariusz - The upvotes most probably happened shortly after the question being asked. It got little attention since (until now). – Oded Sep 3 '13 at 8:29
it now has a score of -1 (!) – hayd Sep 3 '13 at 8:40

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