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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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    @Kirsh: Oh, boy! We can have our own award show: the Stackys. Awards include Best SuperUser Question, Best Supporting Comment, Best Answer (Adapted Blog Post), and Best Foreign Language Question (which you're obvious gunning for). – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 15:02
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    @Pesto: Don't forget the "Best abuse of the phrase "As a programmer..."" award. – gnostradamus Jul 30 '09 at 15:08
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    @Kirsh: Is that like a metaphysical question on the nature of the hero of the Zelda games? "What is Link, if not a manifestation of man's desire to impose order and justice upon a universe that is anything but?" – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 15:09
  • And the prize will be a Tony! – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Sep 28 '10 at 16:38
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    upvote this for no reason.NOW – XeeMez AsHu Jun 28 '13 at 13:14
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    No idea why it's closed. Valid request for statistics. – ShaWiz Nov 18 '15 at 12:50
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    True @Pat - but if reopened, the delete vote won't be relevant anymore. :) – ShaWiz Nov 18 '15 at 13:54
  • The most negative voted question is stackoverflow.com/questions/42384565/… – B.Balamanigandan Dec 17 '18 at 13:34
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This was the highest up voted answer in history ... then this one... and now its this one.

For all others, here is the comprehensive list (previously deleted post). Here's the list for questions.

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.

This is the most down-voted question, and here's the list for questions.

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 it faster to process a sorted array than an unsorted array? (SO; +11,226), the highest-scoring answer is Why is it faster to process a sorted array than an unsorted array? (SO; +16,359) (the answer to the above question).

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    Couldn't you use your sandbox powers to find the ones with the highest and lowest scores by comparing the ups against the downs? – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 14:52
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    There's an actual "score" column... – Shog9 Jul 30 '09 at 14:54
  • Even better – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 14:56
  • Yes, I can easily find 'score', but the question was directed at up votes and down votes, not the highest scoring questions. – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 14:56
  • FWIW... lowest-scoring question: stackoverflow.com/questions/566010 lowest-scoring answer: stackoverflow.com/questions/182845 – Shog9 Jul 30 '09 at 14:59
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    THE SANDBOX RETURNS <3 – Eric Jul 30 '09 at 15:00
  • (the highest-scoring Q&A are still the cartoon Q&A, so less interesting...) (yeah - folks really hate non-programming-questions) – Shog9 Jul 30 '09 at 15:01
  • I don't know why still we are keeping that question in SO , Because those questions are not a programming question – joe Jul 30 '09 at 15:25
  • @Kirsh: because enough people want it to keep re-opening it... – Shog9 Jul 30 '09 at 22:46
  • @Ian: your link to most downvoted question of all time points to an answer, not a question. (my answer, in fact!) are you saying that the answer is the most downvoted item in history, or is the link just supposed to go to the question? – Kip Aug 5 '09 at 15:17
  • Actually, now that I look at your queries, it is in fact my answer (not the question). The reason is that, for quite a while, it was being heavily downvoted to keep it at exactly 256 votes. – Kip Aug 5 '09 at 15:20
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    hmmm this is missing stackoverflow.com/questions/1732348/… – waffles Dec 1 '09 at 22:49
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    I'm getting a lot of 403's on the links. I was curious... – MPelletier Apr 30 '10 at 14:10
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    Any chance this can be updated? Other questions are pointing here now, but since the best links in this answer are dead, not sure we'll see a current answer added. See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/54396 – Nick Craver Jun 21 '10 at 2:00
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    @Lucky You added the wrong link, didn't you? I changed it. – nicael Dec 5 '14 at 17:20
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Surprised that none posted Jeff's answers on meta.

Yes the creator of meta has the (one of the) most downvoted answer! :)

That includes two down-votes from me as well.. :)

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    This should be inspiring haha – Dadan Feb 28 '17 at 8:11
  • I also downvoted. :-D – Damith Ruwan Jun 16 '17 at 10:47
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The top upvoted questions on SO:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions?sort=votes

The top view questions on SO:

https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=views%3A250

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The lowest voted answer in the past 30 days is This at -17. To go back farther you would have to consult the data dumps that are made publicly available.

Edit: I was also able to find This One currently at -21.

  • I am asking about all from past history .. not Like past 30 days – joe Jul 30 '09 at 14:44
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    I just told you to go back further you need to consult the data dumps. – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 14:45
  • TXI ... You are wrong, it is now -18.... well, -19 after I saw it. – Tyler Carter Jul 30 '09 at 14:45
  • I'm pretty sure I recall seeing one at close to -30. Are deleted questions included in the data dump? – mmyers Jul 30 '09 at 14:45
  • mmyers: I would imagine they are, since deleted questions are not actually deleted from the system (10k people can still see them, afterall? Unless they are routinely wiped from the system after a while). – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 14:47
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    Chacha...what part of "currently" are you not understanding? It is entirely feasible that the voting will change once more attention is brought to it. – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 14:47
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    If you add ![currently] in markup then whatever you post will automagically be updated to reflect any changes – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 15:07
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    Somebody - not the OP - deleted the one at -21 :( – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Sep 25 '10 at 18:19
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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:

  1. SEDE
  2. search bar
  3. Google

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:

  1. enter is:question or is:answer in the search box
  2. sort the output by votes
  3. If you want the most upvoted post, then you already see it. If you want the lowest voted post, go to the last page.

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.

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