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Why do you cast downvotes on answers?

What are the criteria to down-vote an answer?
Should an answer be down-voted only if it is not correct, or there are other criteria too?

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marked as duplicate by random, ChrisF, John Rudy, Ladybug Killer, Shog9 Dec 19 '09 at 16:00

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It says "This answer is not useful" on the tooltip. –  ChrisF Dec 19 '09 at 11:35
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Here you go: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2451/… –  random Dec 19 '09 at 11:38
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There are rules? I always downvoted whenever I felt like it. –  Georg Schölly Dec 19 '09 at 11:44
    
Who can close this question? I didn't notice the other question reported by random. –  kiamlaluno Dec 19 '09 at 11:46
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

This is how I see it:

  • It does not provide any useful information
  • It does not answer this particular question but something else
  • It contains wrong information that could lead to misunderstanding of some concept

You should absolutely take a neutral point and never downvote an answer if you personally dislike the author or if the answer addresses some annoying issue that irritates you but still (unfortunately) happens to be true. As they say, don't kill the messenger.

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