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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Idea behind “Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited” [duplicate]

I've found many questions here regarding this 'feature' and many answers explaining how it works, but none showing any 'philosophical' concept behind it. i.e., why is it here? Is it helping to make ...
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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

I don't know if people don't explain why they up or down vote because they don't care or because they don't want the person to know they voted on an answer (or question)... But, it might be nice to be ...
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Should good answers always be upvoted?

I've noticed a psychological effect with my own voting, and am curious to know whether anyone else sees the same thing. Simply put, if I see a correct or good answer, I don't always upvote it, if the ...
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Generating reputation through downvotes

In a previous discussion, the general consensus was that whether or not to upvote is, for most people and most questions, a function of the number of existing votes. To put it another way, the number ...
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handle 'strategic downvotes' more 'gently' [duplicate]

In this question I asked for a practical reason to lock votes after 5 minutes and Bill the Lizard and Arjan were very nice to explain the mystery. Well, vote locking seems to deal with strategic ...
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Does reducing the window to change votes really solve the tactical downvoting problem?

The way I see it, the new reduced window to change a vote only imposes a very small cost rather than solving the problem. Before: t0: Good guy answers t1: Bad guy copies answer t2: Bad guy downvotes ...
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Preventing users from downvoting good answers to bad questions

I posted an answer to a question that was voted closed as too localized, which it very much could have been. However, I did get 2 upvotes for that answer. As I browsed SO, I noticed that my rep went ...
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Increase the “vote too old to be changed” window

The "vote too old" window must be increased to let people fix genuine "first impression" mistakes. I appreciate that you're trying to solve the Tactical Downvoting problem, but this way sucks, and ...
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Be able to edit a vote on an answer if the question is changed [duplicate]

Here's what just happened: Question: "How do I do X and Y, I can't use flash" Answer: "Well, use this flash player!" I downvote the answer saying "yeah you're right, but the OP said no flash so -1" ...
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Voting on other's answers to make my answer look better

Is it selfish or frowned upon not to upvote another answer (even if its right) so yours will rise to the top faster? I find myself wanting to un-upvote posts so my answer will do better... But I have ...
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Is there a way to report drive-by downvotes?

I'm a bit new to SO and I'm trying to build some points. I noticed some driveby downvotes, or suspect some users possibly trying to hog an answer. Could someone point me to a reporting tool for ...
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4answers
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Guide for Upvoting and Downvoting

I've read the FAQs on SO and meta SO, and still am not fully clear on what deserves upvotes and downvotes. Could someone point to a guide for these things? Here are some examples of questions and ...
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Should the other user who answered the same question as you did, will be allowed to vote down your answer or not?

Should the other user who answered the same question as you did, will be allowed to vote down your answer or not? Some time the other user vote down your answer to get their answer to be on priority. ...

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