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Should the weight of downvotes be increased?

When we started Stack Overflow, we wanted to make sure that downvotes were more of a visual and psychological motivator than a punitive action. That's why upvotes are +10 downvotes are -2, and cost ...
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Handling “Problematic” Stack Overflow participants

What do I mean by "problematic Stack Overflow participants"? Here are the criteria: Asks dozens to hundreds of questions over a period of 3-6 months (or more). All questions are consistently of low ...
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What's the single biggest barrier to entry on Stack Overflow?

Looking at the discussion here so far, a lot of it has understandably been focused on regular users; not necessarily high rep users, but people who have essentially "committed" to the site in some way,...
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What purpose does downvoting questions serve?

I understand the purpose of up/downvoting answers -- some answers are better than others, some answers may be wrong, .etc. With regard to questions, though, there are other mechanisms to deal with "...
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Electorate badge and the benefit of voting on questions

For me voting on questions is much less important than voting on answers. If you have a question, you have it, period! It doesn't matter if it was upvoted by others or not. The reason you ask the ...
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Should up and down votes cancel each other?

I've recently posted a very silly answer to a question. It got voted down, rightfully so. Then, I guess, somebody took a pity on me and upvoted a question. I was really surprized that I've got a ...
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Sympathy upvote problem on questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? I've nearly given up on downvoting questions. Why? It seems that no matter how awful, there's someone to ...
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Does the Enlightened badge encourage the Fastest Gun in the West problem?

The Fastest Gun in the West problem has existed on SO since day one, and the SO team has put much effort into resolving it. I wonder how much the Enlightened badge encourages the problem. You get ...
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What should we do with our favourite UserVoice requests? [closed]

Clearly UserVoice is still present, and has a lot of content. There are requests there that I'm really keen on, and I'd like them to be discussed further on Meta. (I strongly suspect that UserVoice ...
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Towards Preventing “Pity Up Votes”

Downvoting costs you, not much, but it does cost you. There are discussions to increase the cost of a downvote on the issuer, I'm wondering if the same should be done for upvotes as well. I probably ...
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Shouldn't we encourage people to try to “edit” questions before closing them?

Please understand that "encourage" is not a hard and fast rule, it's simply a matter of having some text suggestions or visual clue that get people to at least attempt to edit questions before closing ...
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Should parasite behaviour be punished somehow?

A recent question got me thinking: Should a user who has asked 270 questions, answered 0 (zero, NULL, zilch) questions and has upvoted two times be allowed to ask even more questions? Should he be ...
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Downvotes being immediately upvoted

On my account on SO, I have only cast six downvotes. Every time I cast a downvote on something that was at 0, taking it to -1, almost immediately it was upvoted by someone else back to 0. Should I ...
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0answers
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The “minus -> plus” effect on reputation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should up and down votes cancel each other? Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? What I'm describing here could have been discussed before....
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Why don't down-votes count when totalling reputation for someone who started with a 1 reputation when subsequent up-votes are given?

I noticed a brand-new user asked this question on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/37034218/please-help-me-with-a-code It immediately received 4 down-votes, but the user's rep stayed at 1 ...
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Do we want to discourage pity votes on awful questions?

In the answers and comments to this question the idea of discouraging the pity upvotes that awful questions usually get has been mentioned more than once, but, as it is tangential to the issue ...
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2answers
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Bad Post Mechanics: What happens, over time, when you post a bad answer on StackOverflow?

Primary Question What happens, over time, when you post a bad answer on StackOverflow? Assume someone posted a question that would accumulate: Two down votes per hour One up vote per hour One flag ...
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Should a user that got his question closed, edited then re-opened get rep for it?

I see that happening at least once a day so I'm bringing it up. A user, most likely new to SO, asks a question that is not interesting or that doesn't make a lot of sense or it's not a real question. ...
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Earning Reputation for Poor Questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should the weight of downvotes be increased? Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? OK, this may sound like a big change but this is ...
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More often than not if someone down votes me I get +9 rep! Is that right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? A lot of users will up vote if they see a question or answer that has -1 but is not totally terrible. ...
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0answers
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Make upvotes worth only +2 while a post's score is negative [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? This is a refinement of another proposal: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a ...
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Feature Request: Don't count reputation from upvotes if the score is under 0 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? For example, total score -3 you seeing is no meaning here, since +2*5 + -5*2 === 10 Points from counter ...
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New reason to close - blatant rep-gain

I've seen a couple of questions (admittedly by the same user) that are obvious (to me) attempts at "rep-whoring". Should this be added as a reason to close? First question: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Should reputation for questions and answers be based on overall q/a rating?

Several times I have seen posts like this: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16419458/learn-java-development where a very low quality/off topic question is asked very politely. These sorts of ...
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Pity upvote point parity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score? The issue of "Pity-Upvotes" has received a bit of attention, most notibly here: Is there an actual "...
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Option to vote to somehow show disagreement with a downvote

I'm putting this as a discussion as I haven't got a solid feature-requestable idea, because it's a complex scenario. So I'm just putting forward the basic idea and some thoughts I've had, for the ...
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Should we require minimum reputation to continue asking questions?

We are reevaluating this based on community feedback. The new heuristic to prevent questions being asked will probably be based on a combination of question closes, question deletes, question flags, ...