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Downvotes versus close votes on questions

I know, we have lots of posts here on this subject. I would, nonetheless, find it helpful to see what the management and other experienced folks think of the specific comparison between downvoting and close-voting a question.

One paradigm might be this:

  • If the post is a poorly written non-question, both.
  • If the post is reasonably clear and readable, but off-topic, just close.
  • If the post is reasonably clear and readable, but subjective/argumentative, just close.
  • Duplicate, just close.

etc.

However, when I see a user with a moderate amount of rep repeatedly posting off-topic or soap-boxed opinion, however grammatical, I feel an itch to downvote, so as to deliver some sort of feedback that might change behavior. I know, this is not consistent with 'just rate the content', but there you have it.

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However, when I see a user with a moderate amount of rep repeatedly posting off-topic or soap-boxed opinion, however grammatical, I feel an itch to downvote, so as to deliver some sort of feedback that might change behavior.

I don't have a problem with using downvotes this way. It is useful (and good Stackiquette) to leave a comment explaining why.

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