I have a few questions on various SE sites that have received a few downvotes quite quickly, but no upvotes. So I went back and corrected what I thought the problem was.
- On some questions the downvotes stop but no upvotes come in
- On some questions the downvotes keep coming in. It seems that once a post gets a critical mass of downvotes it will attract further downvotes no matter what
Obviously, I thought they were good questions, or I wouldn't have asked them in the first place. After a few downvotes (correct me if I'm wrong) other users see it as a bad question and won't even view it anymore, passing it over for "better" questions. The question ends up being like an egged house.
So, what can I do to improve a question that's stuck with a negative number of votes so that it will start getting answers? As I've already said, I can't see what other people think is wrong with it, I can only guess. Most of what I've said applies to answers too.
As an example, this very question has received 4 downvotes in just 20 minutes. I would also like to point out that it has received an unusually high number of comments in proportion to the number of votes cast.