My summary page on Ask Ubuntu says that I have cast 3,173 downvotes. However, on posts that are not deleted I have cast only 1,102 downvotes (since we can't see deleted posts in the downvotes tab).

When I saw that my downvote count had become nearly as high as my upvote count, I started to wonder if I'd become too negative ... and then I realised it's counting all the downvotes that I'd cast to activate the delete option on low-quality answers (which I do since otherwise I'd have to see that post in the review queue).


This is to encourage down-voting as well as up-voting.

Voting is a very crucial which is explained at help-center, blog. There's also guideline available as a FAQ.

So, If someone visits profile and see that users are primarily casting up-votes only (assume vote casted on deleted post are not counted), then s/he may not encouraged to cast vote down when essential.

This is actually of a : "Votes cast" should include votes on deleted contributions

So, when someone visit your profile and found that you're considering up-voting as well as down-voting, s/he may got the idea/guideline on voting like: Up-Vote good contents and Down-Vote bad contents.

In brief, it is as applied to the question.

  • It doesn't encourage downvoting, it encourages keeping a high downvote/upvote ratio.
    – M.A.R.
    Feb 16 '17 at 17:40

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