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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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12answers
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Should questions closed as “not a real question” and “off topic” get an automatic downvote?

We currently have five standard close reasons network wide: exact duplicate This question covers exactly the same ground as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with ...
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9answers
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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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3answers
548 views

What is there to gain by blocking permanently a user for making “bad” or “unpopular” questions? [closed]

I know "why has my account been blocked?" must have been asked a thousand time but my question is this: I am learning iOS development. I'm going through Apple's documentation. I get stuck, desperate ...
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3answers
528 views

Is it reasonable to upvote in order to counter what I think is an unjustified downvote? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see a question that has been downvoted and I don't agree with the downvote at all (for example if a comment that explains the downvote shows a misunderstanding of the question, or if I ...
49
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4answers
355 views

Users should be able to delete their own marginal questions and answers without risking an IP address ban

Yesterday, a user was temporarily IP address banned because they deleted a couple of their own questions that didn't get upvotes. Isn't that a little ass-backwards? Shouldn't we be encouraging users ...
10
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5answers
299 views

Downvoting to compensate for many upvotes: abusive?

From the comments on this question, is it okay for one to downvote a question in order to compensate for apparently too many upvotes? This seems like an abuse of the voting system. This is what I ...
48
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1answer
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Is there an actual “accept ALL the suggested edits” problem?

One common complaint on MSO about suggested edits is that some users blindly accept all suggested edits, no matter how minor or incorrect they may be. It seems to come up especially frequently in the ...
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4answers
488 views

How much bias is there in voting?

There seem to be two large possible sources of bias, that is, things which could cause different voting on identical answers: we could be more likely to upvote answers for high-rep users, especially ...
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3answers
350 views

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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1answer
500 views

Should sympathy votes be used to counter unexplained downvotes? [duplicate]

Summary There's been a lot of activity about mass down voting today, and what seemed like a lot of mass sympathy voting, so I'm asking about how we should handle sympathy voting. Argument Against: ...
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1answer
294 views

Has anyone studied the effect of post score on future votes on that post?

Has anyone considered running analytics on this? For example, if one were to mock up multiple sample SE posts, or clone existing ones, what would be the effect on perceptions as regards... ...the ...
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4answers
333 views

A better down-voting mechanism? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the weight of downvotes be increased? I think the current voting system has a problem as it causes users to act dishonestly and complicates their decision making ...
12
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1answer
143 views

Suspicious upvotes on that user

I've came across the posts of a user from review queue. Those are terribly bad questions, taken out of context, lacking even the understanding of Java. But all of them have upvotes, and comments ...
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2answers
213 views

Should one upvote if the downvote was unjustified in a not so good/bad question? [duplicate]

If one sees people downvoting a not-so-bad question, should one upvote it to nullify it in that same not-so-good question?

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