What are the most downvoted questions and answers on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Meta, and Super User history to date?
Similarly, what are the most upvoted questions and answers on SO, SF, Meta, and SU to date?
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Disclaimer: These have the most up votes, and may not be the highest scoring. There is a difference.
This was the most down voted answer in history. Notice it has a ton of up votes. Now it's this - with far fewer up-votes (but still more up than down...) For all others, here is the comprehensive list.
Disclaimer: These have the most down votes, and may not be the lowest scoring. There is a difference.
As for the scores (June 3, 15):
The lowest-scoring question is Don't close questions where the user has requested that it not be closed (MSE, -157), the lowest-scoring answer is Info: Contacted by spammers (Ispirer Systems) referencing Stack Overflow (MSO, -269).
The highest-scoring question is Why is processing a sorted array faster than processing an unsorted array? (SO; +11,226), the highest-scoring answer is Why is processing a sorted array faster than processing an unsorted array? (SO; +16,359) (the answer to the above question).
Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes was one of the most downvoted questions on the whole site, sitting at -1285 5 days after posting. OP has gone from 1924 to currently 342 points:
It has since been deleted by the author. An archived version can be found here on the Wayback Machine.
An Update to our Community and an Apology is sitting at -1996 as of 2019-09-26 23:30 UTC-05:00.
Before it was deleted on 2019-12-23, it was voted to -2264. An archived version from just before deletion can again be found on the Wayback Machine
That includes two down-votes from me as well.. :)
Beside the SEDE, there is also the top search bar, which is very useful and smart. It should be used with the SEDE, not instead of it. It is very useful to read its help page once, it might help a lot later.
Your 3 main ways to search something are:
All of them have its advantages and disadvantages, use always the tool most feasible for your problem.
On the search bar, you can find the most upvoted/downvoted question/answer on this way:
is:answerin the search box
There are also far more sophisticated options, too, for example with
favorite:mine [linux] created:2d.. you can see the
[linux] questions younger than 2 days in your favorites.
Here is an incredibly low-scoring question right here on Meta with an overall score of -361 - and it has a bounty on it worth 100 reputation at the moment!
With an overall loss of 122 reputation from this, I can figure its overall up- and downvotes as follows: a pure -361 with no upvotes would lose 722, then each up- and downvote pair from there to keep the score at -361 would add 3 reputation (a question upvote is +5; a downvote -2.) This would be 200 upvotes (and additional downvotes) to gain 600 reputation overall to lighten the overall loss to 122. So, at the moment, it should have 200 upvotes and 561 downvotes.