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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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What is the reason behind not gaining reputation for a user when upvoting, but removing reputation when a user downvotes?

I am trying to familiarise myself with SO (company)/SE, reading posts such as "What is reputation?", "How does reputation works?", "Decrease of reputation on downvote?", etc. I've split voting ...
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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my investigation, I noticed ...
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Is lack of (other) research a reason to downvote?

I recently downvoted two questions for a lack of fundamental research (with a comment explaining why). Is that a valid reason? To be specific: Someone had an ampersand embedded in an XML attribute ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics

Many Meta users have asked for statistics that involve data that isn't available through the public data dumps (especially voting-related stats). In conjunction with the SE team, I will be bringing ...
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1answer
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I've just been downvoted. How should I react?

I've posted a question or an answer, and I have received one or more downvotes. I am not really sure why I was down voted, or I think I know why, but I disagree. Why did this happen, and what should ...
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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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 Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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Can we get Stack Exchange voting data updates?

During some discussion, a very kind user linked me to this since I was combing trough SO(comp)/SE trying to familiarise myself with this website and data it provides. What I am interested in are ...
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Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not? [duplicate]

The title basically says it all: "Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not?" I ask this because I think bad answers are a lot more damaging than bad questions. If it is a a bad ...
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Recent Reputation History Changes

Update (March, 2012): This has been rolled out to all sites in the network. Behind the scenes we've been hard at work making some changes to how we track reputation. Here are some of the issues we'...
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Why do I not lose reputation when I downvote posts?

I have recently earned enough reputation to cast downvotes. And as I understand it, when I downvote (by clicking the down button), my reputation will be decreased. However, I have downvoted at least 3 ...
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Dissuading trolls: increase reputation cost for downvote on answers

Some quality users leave Stack Exchange because of a slight imbalance in the current voting system The ultimate problem is that *some* people who write quality answers are driven away by a *slight* ...
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How many people who downvote actually know that it takes a point of their own rep too?

Considering the number of increasing down-votes across all SE sites (and especially StackOverflow), it really makes me wonder how many users who just "casually" down-vote other's answers ...

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