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Over on mathoverflow, my profile says I've made 13 downvotes. But when I click on "view more" under "Votes Cast", there are only 5 downvotes. What would cause such a discrepancy?

I apologize if this is well-understood -- I couldn't find it in the FAQ or by searching meta.

  • I suppose the 'downvotes' in the summary are all downvotes you have casted, while the 'downvotes' under 'view more' are the downvotes that are still visible (e.g. on non-deleted questions). I am not 100% sure about that though. – Sumurai8 Sep 29 '13 at 6:27
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Reasoning for why it is so is explained in details in this answer at Programmers meta:

Such votes do show up in your totals, and also count toward various badges; they have the additional advantage of not counting toward the daily voting limit.

They don't show up on your profile's votes tab, because that would mean showing you links to deleted posts - that would equate to giving you broken links on your profile which would be bad...

13 downvotes in profile vs 5 in "view more" under "Votes Cast" mean that 8 of the posts you voted down are now deleted. There is even a proposal: A badge that rewards "prophetic" downvoting

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    Thanks, that explains the mystery. – Michael Zieve Sep 29 '13 at 8:25
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Votes on posts that have since been deleted are not removed from your vote counts, and are taken into account for the various vote-related badges. But you won't find them in the list of votes you've cast.

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