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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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What's your up/down vote ratio?

I'm just curious: What's your up/down vote ratio? I'm still new here, but so far my ratio is about 11 to 1 with 209 up-votes and 19 down-votes. I suspect that members become more bitter with time, ...
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c# is clearly dominant on SO. Is there a desire, need or whatever to diversify the user base and questions?

(UPDATE: Anybody who thinks this is a rant on C# needs to chill out. I'm not suggesting punishing C# questions. Rather, I am envious of C#'s disproportionate popularity on SO and am asking what, if ...
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Do you engage in or avoid pile-on down-voting? [closed]

When you see a question or answer you might normally down-vote that already has one or more down-votes, do you find yourself more or less likely to down-vote it? In other words, are pre-existing down-...
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When is it appropriate to downvote answers which are correct, but don't address the real problem?

Sometimes, someone will post code asking a question and have other, unrelated errors, and people will answer and address only those errors. These errors are unrelated to the actual question topic. I ...
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How should down voting be used?

What is the intended use of down voting? Reasons I can understand for down-voting: If the answer is completely off-topic, not even answering the original question The answer is offensive Some other ...
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Was my use of downvote and upvote warranted?

My Understanding of Downvotes and Upvotes It was my understanding that using downvotes and upvotes was the right way to: increase visibility of valid and high-quality answers, decrease visibility of ...
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Downvote answers to questions that should be closed?

A recent question was a common duplicate. (16 duplicate questions were posted in the comments!) Based on my experience that it's hard to get a question deleted when it has answers (especially upvoted ...
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Is “doesn't work for me” a reasonable reason to downvote an answer?

Related: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? Is it now discouraged to ask for reasons for downvotes as a comment? I am new here and trying not to get into trouble in my struggle to reach 15 ...
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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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Proper reasons to downvote a question?

Coming to the site, it seemed that downvotes are obvious for questions that are wildly off-topic or simply a mess (no effort in writing, badly written, unclear question, pretentious assumptions, clear ...
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When is voting on an answer based on the poster appropriate?

If a question is a simple question, then it can garner downvotes, close votes, and be deleted. Perhaps it enters the new triage queue. I think that is appropriate. However, in one of the larger posts ...
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What do votes mean?

I have read that reputation does not reflect technical skill. What is the purpose/meaning of reputation then? What do you mean when you vote? Isn't there any technical-skill overtone in your votes?...
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Downvotes are primarily opinion-based

Recently I had a bad experience on workplace.stackexchange.com where my answer got a couple of up, but in total more down-votes. Personally I think this is not because my answer is bad, but due to the ...
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When downvoting answer display prompt of reasons similar to flagging reasons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes This entire process would be voluntary, the user wouldn't be forced to do anything. They could downvote the question or answer and be ...
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Do users get points or something for off voting a question? Because that's all I see here [closed]

Whenever I ask a question users off vote it or comment about how bad the question is rather than answering it. I see some really experienced users trying to answer but are backed off because of ...

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