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What is downvoting really for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Guide for Upvoting and Downvoting Why do you cast downvotes on answers? It seems as though the definition on what should be downvoted changes daily. I've always kind of ...
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reason for down voting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? I have never down-voted any question yet, but I have seen many question down-voted, including mine, and I am little bit curious about the ...
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Why do good answers get downvoted? [duplicate]

I've recently noticed this answer got a down-vote. A lot of good answers contain one, or two down-votes. Now I realize this is how the system works, and that other users are entitled to have their ...
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Rules of downvoting an answer [duplicate]

Are there any rules for downvoting an answer?! AFAIK, you can/should downvote If the answer doesn't solve the OP's problem If the answer suggests the use of a incorrect method If the answer is ...
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What are the bad reasons for downvoting? [duplicate]

I had answered a question some time back... and there was another better answer for that question, but mine got accepted and initially there were some upvotes for it... But sometime later it started ...
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Is it right to downvote answers to questions which show little to no effort? [duplicate]

Is it justified to downvote a complete answer to a question which does not show much effort on the asker's part toward solving the question? I believe this is a question applicable to most problem-...
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When and how should I down-vote old posts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? I've been on SO for only a few months. I've been doing a lot of browsing, playing catch-up with the huge body of knowledge that's ...
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What are the criteria to down-vote an answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? What are the criteria to down-vote an answer? Should an answer be down-voted only if it is not correct, or there are other criteria too?
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How to interpret downvote [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? Proper reasons to downvote a question? I recently got a downvote for a question. Now I know this happens constantly, even to people ...
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

Note: If you're looking for a simple explanation as to why comments aren't required on downvotes, see Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such ...
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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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Down Vote “code only” answers?

I have read this: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? and tried searching for a specific view on this scenario but cannot find. If there is a question covering this already I apologize. Q: Would ...
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When should I vote?

I have seen a few questions here on Meta Stack Exchange that cover parts of this, but they are often too local, and none of them seem to cover all the relevant scenarios. I will break it up ...
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Is the “down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours” pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was downvoted....
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Is it good practice to refrain from downvoting competing answers?

First of all: I'm not asking that downvoting competing answers should be prevented by the system (there are tons of duplicates regarding this), I'm asking whether you should do it or not. I have this ...

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