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Downvotes versus close votes on questions

I know, we have lots of posts here on this subject. I would, nonetheless, find it helpful to see what the management and other experienced folks think of the specific comparison between downvoting and close-voting a question.

One paradigm might be this:

  • If the post is a poorly written non-question, both.
  • If the post is reasonably clear and readable, but off-topic, just close.
  • If the post is reasonably clear and readable, but subjective/argumentative, just close.
  • Duplicate, just close.

etc.

However, when I see a user with a moderate amount of rep repeatedly posting off-topic or soap-boxed opinion, however grammatical, I feel an itch to downvote, so as to deliver some sort of feedback that might change behavior. I know, this is not consistent with 'just rate the content', but there you have it.

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marked as duplicate by Shog9 Apr 22 '11 at 16:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
May be related with your own post - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/33286/… - and this - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/38687/… – YOU Apr 17 '11 at 12:04
    
Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/84978/… – waiwai933 Apr 17 '11 at 18:07
    
Eh, Rosinante, would help if you could add what you have/haven't learned from your previous question on the subject. FWIW, I think you need to become more comfortable down-voting bad content when you see it regardless of whether or not it's part of a larger pattern by that user. – Shog9 Apr 19 '11 at 16:14

However, when I see a user with a moderate amount of rep repeatedly posting off-topic or soap-boxed opinion, however grammatical, I feel an itch to downvote, so as to deliver some sort of feedback that might change behavior.

I don't have a problem with using downvotes this way. It is useful (and good Stackiquette) to leave a comment explaining why.

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