I have a serious question about Stack Overflow, and I think Meta Stack Overflow is a good place to make myself correct on my confusions.

As we know, Stack Overflow is a Q/A forum. But when I am asking questions, users in a group keep continuing to down-vote. After I did edit, no one corrected their voting. Being a question-answer forum, when I am asking questions people behaving the way, that I did wrong - why so?

Another is, is it anywhere written in Stack Overflow that people who post questions, couldn't answer their own questions?

Now if my question is not clear to someone, putting down-vote, whereas none of the other telling that. So it seems there is a gang of people who does this regularly. Why is Stack Overflow not taking care of these?

In Stack Overflow, there should be a strict line to say to everybody, so that, none of any to think the other/opposite people as the same knowledgeable like themselves. There is a mixture of knowledgeable people present. It is not mandatory that a person X always should have the same knowledge like the other Y.

People who are asking always get less respect than the ones who are answering. If you see each of the people account, you would definitely find that a 60K rep person got the 70% of the rep, answering such simple but basic questions. But when they crossed 1000 rep they started to think badly of others.

The same happened with one of my question on Stack Overflow - How to get the reference alive to the older one, when there is a second exception in Ruby?.

Here I have posted my own answer, and that one has been converted to a comment - why so?

Please help me if I am wrong and where I am wrong.

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    So it seems there is a gang of people who did these regularly - proof please. – Oded Feb 10 '13 at 19:17
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    Your post is a bit hard to follow. You seem to be trying to address two issues: downvotes & self-answers. It would be easier to follow if you stuck to just one of these issues, and made another question for the other. (And as Oded says: what makes you think you have a group after you? That's very unlikely.) – Mat Feb 10 '13 at 19:19
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    Okay! can you open the link i have given there and please do read the chat in the main thread and you will come to know the fact. And they in my other posts also said that they have more reputation,so they can do what they want - that was not said,but the intention comes out like the way. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:22
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    No. Incorrect. SO is not a forum. – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:22
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    So help me what SO is ? – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:23
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    I think we might simply have a bit of a language barrier here. Which might be the cause of some initially unclear questions (this one being an example) which then gather downvotes. And Stack Overflow is a Q&A site. People around here get a bit itchy about the word "forum", which SO is not. – Bart Feb 10 '13 at 19:24
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    @user1878162 A website where you ask good questions and get good answers, ask bad questions and get downvotes. – user200500 Feb 10 '13 at 19:24
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    Funny how the account linked to your account here (this) isn't the same as the owner of the post you gave a link to. Creating a new user to circumvent a ban isn't really a good idea. – Mat Feb 10 '13 at 19:30
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    Can you please ask a comprehensible question, instead of running some text through Google Translate several times? Also, the string "i" is not a word in the English language. – user164207 Feb 10 '13 at 19:40
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    @JackManey You have a point, but could you dial down the snark? I'm not sure the OP will get it and some clear explanation might go a long way. – Bart Feb 10 '13 at 19:44
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    0_o "A programmer can understand the things by looking at the code only." Yes, that explains why there's no need for documentation. Oh, wait... – user164207 Feb 10 '13 at 19:58
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    @user1878162 Code will only illustrate what you have. It does not tell us what the problem is and what question you have. So language is important. Clarity is important. And your questions lack clarity in several cases. We can fix spelling and grammar mistakes, but we can't make a significantly unclear question a great one. – Bart Feb 10 '13 at 20:00
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    @user1878162 Let's stay on the topic of your questions. The (possibly poor) questions of other users have no significance in this discussion. They are not "evidence" in any case you might think you have. – Bart Feb 10 '13 at 20:05
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    Well, sort of. He got suspended because he created multiple accounts, in what moderators believe to be an attempt to bypass a post ban caused by low-quality contributions, or to pass upvotes between accounts. He broke the rules, in other words. – Michael Petrotta Feb 10 '13 at 20:15
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    @user1878162 1) You said that this was your old account, and that you did not use it anymore. 2) The account was not suspended because your "post have no vote", but because of voting irregularities (which means you were using this sockpuppet to upvote your other account) – user200500 Feb 10 '13 at 20:19

Let's go through this step by step.

But when I am putting questions users in a group keep continuing down-vote.

There is no evidence for this, since voting is anonymous.

After that when I did edit,no one corrected the voting.

There are several suggestions here on Meta for features that make it easier to track posts you have downvoted. You should check them out and throw an upvote their way. That said, some people have the time to come back and look at posts that they downvoted, some people do not. There is no obligation to do so, however.

Another is it anywhere written in SO that people who post questions,couldn't put the answer of his/her questions?

There is no such rule; in fact, answering your own question is encouraged. As Brad has explained to you in his comment, your answer was unclear, and was mistaken for a clarification of your question.

People who asking always getting less respect than the one who are answering.

This is not true. There are several users who have collected a majority of their reputation from consistently asking answerable, on topic questions that show research effort. Nevertheless, it is important to realise that having your question answered is in itself a reward. The answerer gains no real world benefits from voluntarily solving problems, which is why there are greater rewards in terms of reputation for answering.

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    +1, explains everything in the post – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:42

On your downvoted posts, there are comments on why they were downvoted. Read them, and also read the How To Ask guide and FAQ.

You seem to be misunderstanding SO. Stack Overflow is not a forum! I think reading the FAQ and How To Ask guide will help you ask better questions and not get downvoted as much.

There is no "gang" or anything like that. People downvote your posts because they don't comply with the rules of Stack Overflow.

Your posts are very hard to read. There are many spelling and grammar mistakes, which makes it hard to help and attracts downvotes.

Also. Don't expect people to reverse their downvotes when you fix your question if they have already left the question and are gone. Write the good quality question first, so you don't have to edit it to make it better. Unless you tell someone that you fixed your post (in a comment), they will probably not come back and reverse the -1 later.

Furthermore, you seem to have two accounts.

That is not good. Please only make one account.

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  • Yes, after that i have also did lot's to make it clear,but the vote was not reverted back. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:30
  • @user1878162 Ok, I edited my answer. – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:33
  • @user1878162: you can't expect them to be patrolling the questions. They don't get notified of edits. They won't know that you fixed it. Also, your questions aren't that great even after improvement. Please don't use SO as a place to dump all your code problems :/ – Manishearth Feb 10 '13 at 19:34
  • see here also down vote started. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:34
  • @user1878162 Please read the Meta FAQ. Downvotes here are sometimes used to indicate disagreement. Always read the FAQ. meta.stackoverflow.com/faq#vote-differences – Bart Feb 10 '13 at 19:35
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    @user1878162 This is a very low quality question too. Again, read the comments on this question and you might see why your question has -1s – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:35
  • Look at the question. here what effort the users were put,nothing then how it got escaped from down-vote. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:40
  • @user1878162 A.) That was asked a long time ago. Things have changed. B.) He explained his question and used good formatting. It was easy to read, unlike your questions with LOTS of spelling and grammar mistakes. C.) He explained why he thinks the keyword is useless. – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:41
  • Nothing to say - answerers getting up vote from which post, that post maker getting dumped. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:45
  • "stackoverflow.com/users/1776751/pythonlikeyou (Your associated account)" that's the one I am not using. Which was my old account, I had some issue with my log in credentials thus I opened another account. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:47
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    @user1878162 Well, don't. Don't make new accounts. – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:47
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    @user1878162 - Is this also one of your accounts: stackoverflow.com/users/1978517/dolovesky or just a relative? Please be honest with us here so that we can clean this up. – Brad Larson Feb 10 '13 at 19:54
  • One more thing is that - So rules are contradictory. from the below which was missed there point me please - ` Specific programming problems Software algorithms Coding techniques Software development tools` --- and obviously all also can't be put on the same questions – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:56
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    @user1878162 It means one of those. – Doorknob Feb 10 '13 at 19:58
  • @user1878162 Now you're just being disingenuous. Clearly that means you shouldn't post questions that aren't about any of those things, not that you have to post questions that are about all of those things. – user200500 Feb 10 '13 at 20:16

As we know SO is a Q/A forum.

It's...not a forum. See the About page for SO for some more clarification.

...But when I am putting questions users in a group keep continuing down-vote. After that when I did edit,no one corrected the voting.Being a question-answer forum,when I am putting questions people behaving the way,that I did wrong - Why so?

What's the quality of your questions? Just a quick glance at your SO profile shows me 135 questions. It's also the case that a handful of them are well under 0 upvotes, which indicates that the community disagreed with the quality of the question.

That may be disheartening in and of itself, but I wouldn't let that get you down - improve the questions you have by editing them and making them fit in-line with the FAQ.

Here i have posted my answer,and that one has been deleted and put over the description - why so?

Self-answers should follow the standards of other answers on the site. Merely answering it in a poor quality way would lead it to being downvoted/potentially deleted.

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  • No my answer was reverted/restored back by a moderator. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 19:33
  • And the moderator also locked my account,which is not fare. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 20:11
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    Did you read the reason that it was locked? (This is highly tangential to your question, by the way.) – Makoto Feb 10 '13 at 20:12
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    @user1878162: don't call things "not fair" when you yourself violated the rules by creating a new account to counteract the temporary ban on your first account. – Mat Feb 10 '13 at 20:15
  • all such comments are vauge! I told you naa that if you search the forum you can get many more low quality questions, and the answerers also earned too much rep from that, this is the opposite with me. Once someone said why?? frequently down vote started. – user233372 Feb 10 '13 at 20:16
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    ...can we not have this discussion in my global inbox? Please? – Makoto Feb 10 '13 at 20:16