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My question titled, Should votes be hidden for the first 15 minutes after a question is asked?, is receiving a tremendous amount of down-votes and comment criticism.

The thing is, I already understand that my question isn't so great. But every day, that question gathers more and more down-votes, and I keep losing reputation points.

I already understand that my question isn't so great, but I'm still accumulating more and more down-votes. I already understand that my question isn't so great, but I'm still accumulating more and more down-votes every day.

I don't want my reputation to continue draining just because of a disliked question that's been sitting there for a long time. It's like trying to fill a bowl with water, except the bowl has a large hole in it.

Is it possible to request my question to be locked? Locked questions can't be voted or commented on, although they're still accessible. I want other users to be able to read the question and its answers, but I don't want them to keep up the down-vote frenzy.

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    I don't think you can lock your posts - I suppose you could flag it for moderator attention and ask for it to be done. But, the fact is, you wrote that post and the community disagreed. – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:07
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    You can't delete it in any case; it has an upvoted answer. – Fish Below the Ice Jun 22 '15 at 20:09
  • Now this is so ironic: a question asking to stop losing rep is getting downvoted making me lose rep. – clickbait Jun 22 '15 at 20:12
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    And comments like that can actually cause you to lose even more rep - stop focusing on the rep! – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:13
  • Sometimes downvoted question and answer helps other people to learn – Shaiful Islam Jun 22 '15 at 20:16
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    So you want people to not be able to downvote you. Maybe ask the team to simply suspend anyone who dares downvote you? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 22 '15 at 20:16
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    @NarawaGames You're quite right. Asking questions about how to stop losing rep when that rep loss is entirely justified is going to result in you losing more rep. Either fix the problem that is causing the post to be downvoted, or accept it gracefully. – Servy Jun 22 '15 at 20:17
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    @NarawaGames Shadow was being sarcastic.... – Servy Jun 22 '15 at 20:18
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    @Servy was I? ;) – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 22 '15 at 20:19
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    locking it would not be a good choice, other members may wish to add an answer that would be beneficial for future readers. – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:28
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    see also: How do I participate in Meta and not die trying? – gnat Jun 22 '15 at 21:43
  • Agree it's not a dupe. Next time, pay more attention to the buttons you click. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Aug 2 '16 at 19:45
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I'd suggest you to just forget about it and move on - I'm having tons of much-downvoted posts (you can also scroll to the end of this search) and don't complain.

However you can still flag it to be locked or deleted, though I'm pretty sure your flag would be declined. No other options. You can't even delete it yourself, because it has up voted answers.

Also, maybe this would be a bit soothing. That question and any down voted questions of yours on meta don't mean you can't ask or your questions are certainly bad... Just community disagrees with you.

(Some more small suggestions: I'd Stop Capitalizing Each Letter Of The Title, at least because it looks pretty spammy; faking the data isn't really great too)

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    I actually agree with you on this one - (don't faint!) – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:08
  • If my flag gets declined, Stack Exchange will get suspicion and ban me. I've got a lot of declined flags already! – clickbait Jun 22 '15 at 20:08
  • Every time I ask a question, I get down-voted and the answerer gets up-voted. I lost more than 50 rep! – clickbait Jun 22 '15 at 20:12
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    @Narawa Don't worry, I'm sure you are not the only one. Solution? Answer :D – nicael Jun 22 '15 at 20:14
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    @NarawaGames it is probably because people disagree with your question and agree with the answer – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:14
  • @san raises eyebrows :D – nicael Jun 22 '15 at 20:15
  • @nicael I know, I'm scared too – user289879 Jun 22 '15 at 20:16
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    Lots of declined flags means you won't be able to flag anymore for a while, that's all. No permanent ban, @Narawa. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 22 '15 at 20:18
  • That question and any down voted questions of yours on meta don't mean you can't ask or your questions are bad It can mean that though, and in the case of this user, that is almost certainly a factor in the downvotes he's gotten. – Servy Jun 22 '15 at 20:24
  • @ShadowWizard Well, unless a mod gets sufficiently annoyed at your inappropriate flagging and manually bans you. If they feel you're intentionally spamming the flag system, and not just bad at flagging, they may do that. – Servy Jun 22 '15 at 20:24
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    @Servy I rephrased; however I don't consider their previous question to be really bad-written (except for capitaled title? I edited it). I'd say there's more disagreement. – nicael Jun 22 '15 at 20:28
  • @nicael If you read the comments on the question with the most downvotes it's filled with people explaining why it's a bad question, not just people saying why it's a bad idea. I imagine there's quite a bit of both, rather than just one or the other. – Servy Jun 22 '15 at 20:32
  • "That question and any down voted questions of yours on meta don't mean you can't ask or your questions are bad..." I got a question ban. – clickbait Jun 24 '15 at 21:19
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Nothing that you can do to that question - and nothing that needs to be done.

One aspect to consider is that your question that has caused your rep decline (or 'repscapade' credit to Tiny Giant) is something you have to take responsibility for. Take the loss of rep as a lesson learned - leave it alone and the question will be buried in the Stack Exchange sands of time.

What do you need to take responsibility for and learn from?

  • Not doing your research first, hence the duplicates.
  • Lying, embellishing the downvotes in the image, then trying to 'cover it up' with a cropped image (which is still visible in the edit history!) - it is very obvious that the question in the image was not at -25, so your evidence for your premise was false.

And your subsequent comments continuously complaining about the loss of rep, both here and on MSO are NOT going to help you in any way.

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I think you need to stop and spend some time reading and learning how this site works.

In the meantime, if that post is too much of an anchor weighing you down, you can request that it be disassociated from your account. Use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page, choose the "Other" reason, and explain your situation.

Once you've done that, I suggest you stop posting here, at least for a while. In your short time here you have posted a whole bunch of feature requests that were asked for and rejected long ago. A quick search through the archives would have found them and would have saved you from the downvotes for "lack of research".

Most of your other posts have obviously not been well-received, and seem to simply be from someone who doesn't understand how this site (or the other sites in the Network) works. There is a lot of history here. You should spend a little time getting familiar with how things work.

And do please note: A downvote on a post of yours is not an attack against you personally. It's a judgment of the content of your post. No one is being mean to you, although perhaps some people feel that you're being disrespectful with your poorly researched posts.

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Historical locks are reserved for the very rare cases where the community fights amongst itself about the existence of a question. They aren't to be used to prevent downvotes.

There isn't any conflict around your question. You presented a feature request that had been rejected before. The community disagreed with it, and marked it as a duplicate of previous discussions around the same idea. All of that was handled without controversy, so there's no need for moderators to step in here.

Sorry that you don't like losing reputation points over it, but that's no reason to lock a post.

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Is it possible to request moderator attention to your own question? I can't flag it myself, or else it'll be declined, leading me to a flag-ban.

I'll assume that "your" is supposed to be "my" in this case. The only way you can get moderator attention is by flagging your own post for moderator attention or literally, have a moderator look at your question, which is like every single time someone brings in a or . Or have someone else do the dirty work for you. But as you said, the flag will be declined.

Really, don't do anything. Just leave it there as reminders of what you should not ask in this site. I mean I have a nice list of negatively voted questions myself. I'm actually question-banned on Stack Overflow...

Anyways, learn from your mistakes. You lost 34 rep today (number subject to change for the good I hope). If you see why you got downvoted, fix the problem and you're okay. For questions, downvotes are given because your fellow users do not like the contents of which you are suggesting. Nothing much here.

Locking your questions might go too far. They are rarely seen and usually because of controversy of the existence of the post itself. Since the question has answers, they lock it rather than delete the post. We all know that losing rep can be painful but just deal with it, and learn from your mistakes.

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