I prefer to ask questions that are clear and useful to others. So if any of my questions are downvoted, I'd like to know which one, so I can either correct the question or not ask similar questions in the future.

I couldn't find a way to find downvoted questions. I can see downvotes in the aggregate summary in my account, but not in the individual questions.

Note: of course, if the question has more downvotes than upvotes, then I can tell from the fact that it has negative total votes. I'm talking about cases when the question has, say, 1 upvote and 1 downvote.

Note: I'm not interested in who downvoted, for obvious reasons. Just which questions.


Click the little envelope icon at the top of the page, to the left of your name (on Stack Overflow, not here). Choose a time range ("yesterday", "last week", "last month", ...) Every question or answer with a -2 next to it is a downvote (-4 is two downvotes, etc).

Only the top 5 posts per time period show up, though. You can also look at your reputation audit, which will show all upvotes and downvotes since you created your account, but it'll only show you the post ID - you'll have to translate that to an actual question or answer yourself.

| improve this answer | |
  • It seems that all upvotes and downvotes within 1 day are combined. So none of my questions shows a negative number (either in the recent activity or the reputation audit). Since every question got more upvotes than downvotes, the downvote info is lost. While you might say then it doesn't matter, I would like to understand what questions people have problems with. – max Oct 5 '10 at 3:30
  • @max: hadn't noticed that. Does the reputation audit help? – Michael Petrotta Oct 5 '10 at 3:34
  • If the combined number for questions is not divisible by 5, there has been downvotes. For answers, usually 10 is the divisor, unless it has been accepted (then it is 5). Yet a multiple of 5 downvotes can't be seen like that. That way you should be able to pinpoint most of the downvotes. – malach Oct 5 '10 at 4:42
  • +1 reputation audit - would never have discovered it. But it does combine all activity in one day, so wouldn't show the downvotes. Also, somehow it doesnt show me my own downvotes?? – max Oct 5 '10 at 4:58
  • @max: The audit does show my own downvotes, and doesn't combine all activity in one day. Don't know what to tell you. – Michael Petrotta Oct 5 '10 at 5:58
  • Possibly because the view is different when you have higher reputation? – max Oct 5 '10 at 6:11
  • @max: Nope, I verified it on a site on which I have low reputation. I see my downvotes. Care to post a snippet of your audit, and point out where it's wrong? – Michael Petrotta Oct 5 '10 at 6:13
  • 2 3854047 (5) 2 3854047 (5) 1 3854178 (2) -- 2010-10-04 rep +12 = 293 2 3854047 (5) 1 3860102 (2) 2 3860469 (5) -- 2010-10-05 rep +12 = 305 at the same time I know I downvoted a couple questions, and I also got one downvote myself. – max Oct 5 '10 at 6:23
  • @max: I can tell that you've only downvoted one question on SO since you opened your account (stackoverflow.com/users/336527/max). Is it possible that the other questions were deleted? Any deleted questions will disappear, entirely, from any report. – Michael Petrotta Oct 5 '10 at 6:26
  • Possibly.. but even that one downvote doesn't show up. Thank you though, I get the idea of how things work. – max Oct 5 '10 at 6:29

Once you have over 1000 reputation you can click on the number and it will show a breakdown of up and downvotes.

You can get around the rep points restriction by using the API. Example:

API docs available here.

| improve this answer | |
  • +1 for min reputation info – max Oct 5 '10 at 6:11

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .