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Meaning of downvotes in Meta vs Main sites?

Upvotes are easy on both Main and Meta sites. You like something, you vote it up. Downvotes are trickier. On Main down-voting a question means that the question is a poor one. Poor meaning badly ...
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1answer
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How do I participate in Meta and not die trying?

Meta doesn't like me; I can't seem to keep my points. How can I make good posts that are well-received?
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9answers
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Why is the Stack Overflow community so aggressive about question criteria? [closed]

I have found Stack Overflow very useful for finding out information, largely because Google gives high page ranks to many useful questions. Recently I have had experience of asking questions on ...
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8answers
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Downvoting of new user questions

I have noticed a trend on Stack Overflow where the first question posted by newer users (typically having <100 reputation) tends to get downvoted, mainly because said users don't know how to ask ...
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3answers
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Why are people downvoting my question on Meta? [duplicate]

On all of the other SOFU sites a downvote means The question is unclear or not useful. However, here on meta, a downvote has become a sign of I don't agree with the question, suggestion, feature ...
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3answers
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How much chance/warning should newbie first questions be given before closing as 'not a real question'? [duplicate]

This new user's first question got closed as 'not a real question', way too abruptly in my opinion. As a first question from a new user it was pretty ok, considering what else is out there. He did ...
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6answers
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Let questions stay open for a minimum amount of time before being closed

Feature Request *****Make questions unclosable until one hour after they've been asked, with an exception for flagged questions.***** Question What reason can you give for a non-abusive but ...
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2answers
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Is it bad to downvote too quickly?

I've read about changing a vote when the post has been edited inside the five minute grace window and adding an indication that it was edited in that span which together might be onto something. This ...
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4answers
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Shouldn't there be some sort of grace period before questions can be closed? [duplicate]

So I had my question closed within eight minutes of asking. Is this a little fast? Not only do I object to the reason it was closed (not a real question, come on I'm asking for decent books!), but it ...
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1answer
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Do not allow giving minus one for new user questions

I always see Stack Overflow users giving -1 to new users' questions. This is not how you welcome a new user to the community. A new user does not know the rules yet. I suggest that if one wants to ...
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5answers
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Going easy on new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? Should we go a bit easy on new users to SOFU? Regularly I've come across an answer posted by someone with only 1 rep, and it ...
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5answers
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Suspend Upvoting/Downvoting Within the Answer's First Five Minutes

Searched, no duplicates I could find on this proposal. The editing an answer without showing that the question was 'edited' is a nice feature of SO. Unfortunately, sometimes answers are written ...
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2answers
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Value in re-asking a completely answered question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful? Like all good citizens of stack overflow I do searches for for the answer I am looking for before posting. As well, in ...
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1answer
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Are We Being Too Critical Of New Members On Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? It might be that I'm being over-sensitive, but I think that we're all being a bit harsh on new people on Stack Overflow. Someone ...