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To gather some evidence prior to posting a feature request, I wanted to count the number of users who have down-voted at least one question but have never down-voted an answer. The intention is to find some evidence that people are reluctant to down-vote answers, but are happy to down-vote questions.

Based on the anonymity of the Votes table, this seems to be an impossible task. Before I give up entirely, does anyone have any suggestions of how to achieve this?

Alternatively, if I share the query I would run if votes weren't anonymised, could someone with access to the raw data run the query for me? Hopefully it's clear from the description that it wouldn't violate privacy.

  • I don't think there's a way to know if a user has downvoted a question. The only way to know if a user has downvoted an answer is to check the reputation tab on their profile, and look for -2 downvote entries. – Stijn Sep 25 '14 at 10:33
  • @Stijn That data isn't exposed via SEDE, is it? – Duncan Jones Sep 25 '14 at 10:34
  • It isn't, and scraping would be impractical. – Stijn Sep 25 '14 at 10:35
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    Not quite sure why my support request is attracting down-votes. Is that people trying to say "this isn't possible" or is my question somehow off-topic/unclear/lazy? – Duncan Jones Sep 25 '14 at 10:36
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    I was wrong earlier, the -2 downvote entries are for received downvotes, not given. So it's impossible. – Stijn Sep 25 '14 at 10:37
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    @Duncan people probably don't like you try to mess with downvotes. Personally, seems like a valid support question, so +1. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Sep 29 '14 at 11:01
  • I've had some useful feedback from Balpha, so perhaps I'll work on asking the community team to run something for me. – Duncan Jones Sep 29 '14 at 11:25

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