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I want to ask how to tell the difference between downvotes: the question is a bad question(or off popic), and people hate me.

I got downvote for this question exactly after I said some improper. I think this is not a good deed, whoever you are. I don't care about reputation, but I want to be treated equally.

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    No one can tell the difference, as there is no sure-fire way to know what goes on in people's heads. That said, the downvote wasn't necessarily because people hate you - I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like an off-topic question to me
    – Pekka
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:52
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    Your question received 1 downvote, and you think people hate you?
    – chue x
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:54
  • (Smiling), then the people made some mistake.
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:54
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    I don't think people hate you but three out of four of your questions have been downvoted (stackoverflow.com/users/1268079/eccstartup). You need to look through and understand why your questions are not suited to SO and either post the questions in the relevant StackExchange or clarify what you're looking for.
    – keyboardP
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:56
  • @Pekka웃 As you have said there is no pure off topic. You think it is off topic because you don't know what I am thinking. I think it is not off topic because I do know what I want.
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:57
  • @keyboardP You didn't see the related topics.
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:58
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    There are no "related topics"; all posts are evaluated independently. They need to be able to stand on their own. Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:59
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    @eccstartup - You said "you don't know what I am thinking, ... I do know what I want". We cannot read your mind. It is your job as the poster to give us enough detail to understand your problem.
    – chue x
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:00
  • @CodyGray They "should", but didn't if you knew who did that.
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:02
  • @chuex It is true, but has nothing to do with my question. You understand my question, so I am not pure off topic.
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:04
  • Voting is anonymous. You can't tell who downvoted you and you can't know why since you can't read minds. Period.
    – juergen d
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:14
  • @juergend Of course I know what people think!
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:15
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    Maybe it is just me, but I'm starting to get the feeling that the OP is trolling.
    – vascowhite
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:17
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    Oh dear, is this going to be like the next "oscillation?" :P
    – Doorknob
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 16:24
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    Oscillating between a boy and a man @door Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 16:26

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I want to ask how to tell the difference between downvotes: the question is a bad question(or off popic), and people hate me.

Simple: downvotes never mean that someone hates you.

Votes are applied to posts (i.e. content), not people.

Directing votes at people would be inappropriate. Our focus is on content here.

That only leaves one possibility: people think that your post is unclear, not useful, off-topic, or otherwise inappropriate. Note that the tooltip on the downvote arrow says something very similar.

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    OMG @downvoter Y U HATE ME??! Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 14:57
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    That is the intended behaviour but I don't see how you can claim as fact that this is the actual behaviour. The very existence of serial downvote reversal scripts shows that the reality doesn't always live up to this ideal. Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:00
  • You guys are just making fun of me! @keyboardP
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:00
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    @eccstartup - You seem to take everything personally meta.stackexchange.com/questions/192788/… and then react to people trying to clarify by threatening them with downvotes or calling them stupid. If you really think that people are singling you out then maybe you should delete your account, create a new one with a different name, and post from that. But I highly doubt anyone is purposely downvoting you just because it's you.
    – keyboardP
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:02
  • How to delete it? @keyboardP
    – eccstartup
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:05
  • Create a new account with the name "keyboardP" and just watch the votes roll in, right dawg? Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:05
  • @eccstartup - You'll have to message a moderator and ask them.
    – keyboardP
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:06
  • @CodyGray - If only that worked... :D
    – keyboardP
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:06
  • However, @eccstartup, I do think that even if all the above is true, (some) people will click through to one's profile after some types of discussion. (Like the discussion you had on Meta today, in which you were not very open to feedback, I feel.) That might have attracted more people to see that unrelated post, which sort of does look off topic to me too. So, that might explain the downvote: not against you as a person, but people noticed the post after the earlier discussions.
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:07
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    Yes, attracting attention to yourself and insulting people tends to...attract attention to yourself. That should not come as a big surprise. People still aren't voting against you, though. They're just evaluating your other contributions and deciding that they do not measure up to our standards. Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:08
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    downvotes never mean that someone hates you. SEZ YOU
    – Pekka
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:12
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    @ecc Use the "flag" link on one of your posts. Select the 'other' reason, and type your message. Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:13
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    @eccstartup protip: if you worry and complain about the occasional downvote, you're going to have a bad time. Just leave it be, and don't take them so seriously. Everyone will receive downvotes from time to time. There is no point in contacting a moderator over this: there is nothing they will be able to do.
    – Pekka
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:13
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    @eccstartup, why do you insist it's an improper vote? People can vote how they want. Like if one feels a question about MacPorts doesn't belong on Stack Overflow, then they might vote to close if they can, or just downvote if they can't vote to close. You drew the attention to your posts.
    – Arjan
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 15:19
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    @enderland Just because someone tends to disagree with your views doesn't mean that they're singling you out as a person and downvoting because of that. Especially on a Meta site. I won't name names, but there are a handful of people I find myself disagreeing with more often than not. I downvote their posts frequently, but it's nothing personal. Then there are others I agree with 99% of the time. It might seem like I'm upvoting just because of who the author is, but that's merely coincidental. I doubt anyone is voting down your content on the main site just out of spite. Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 7:45

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