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Why do we lose rep when we down vote a post on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I have noticed that when you downvote a post (question/answer) on Stack Overflow you lose some points. I think users should get more rep or it should stay the same if they downvote, as it would ...
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Does the network currently promote "shows no effort" as a good reason to downvote a post?

A little history. Many years ago the network settled for banning comments to low-effort-questions that contained "Let me google that for you" links in an attempt to be more "welcoming&...
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Question downvotes issues in regards to the points system [closed]

I noticed that recently I am losing reputation points due to a question that gets downvotes. I don't understand how I got the points in the first place, but that's a different story. I don't want to ...
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What's the benefit of keeping questions around that have negative votes? Isn't it just an embarrassment to the OP?

What's the benefit of keeping questions around that have negative votes? Isn't it just an embarrassment to the OP? And the OP is discouraged to delete the question if the question has been answered by ...
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Prevent comments when downvoting

There have been numerous posts (here on MSE, on MSO, and other meta sites) requesting some form of explanation with downvotes. Although most curators are quite sceptical that any such scheme would be ...
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Prompt to specify downvote reason but allow to keep downvotes anonymous [duplicate]

Recently @Catija replied to my answer (If more users could vote, would they engage more? Testing 1 reputation voting on some sites) about mandatory downvote reason (especially for 1+ rep users). “I'd ...
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Do we want the "Voting is different on meta sites" content to match the reality?

This is not a duplicate of A Proposal for More Constructive Downvoting on Meta: Express Disagreement by Answering the Question because this is not proposing changing the Meta Stack Exchange users' ...
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Should downvotes carry MUCH more weight? [duplicate]

With great power comes great responsibility something. Reputation can in some instances cause leniency and desensitizing to voting, and voting is the voice of the community. It shouldn't be "...
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Don't let me do fake downvote in LQP queue history's review task [duplicate]

I was going through my review history and clicked on a recent review task link: https://meta.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/86500 Though I had previously downvoted this post, the downvote ...
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When should I ask why a question I asked was downvoted?

Once on Meta, I asked a quite badly received question and then asked why it was downvoted. My question: Why was my question - Why does downvoting mean 'no?' - downvoted? about why my other ...
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Can a single downvote cause a question to contribute towards a Q-ban?

A question ban is much worse than a temporary ban. One question per six months forever, versus just waiting a fixed time and coming back like nothing ever happened. Only moderators can dish out ...
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Possible solutions to why there is still so much 'attitude' and condescension on S.O. after there's been work to eliminate it

Why does SO have so much attitude and condescension, even after several measures have been taken to eliminate it? We can and need to do better Problem: S.O. still has so many people with a bad ...
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Why was my question - Why does downvoting mean 'no?' - downvoted? [duplicate]

I asked this question which ended up with a -7 score. However, I am puzzled. It seems to be a legitimate question. While I understand that feature requests are downvoted to indicate disagreement, I ...
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Is the act of downvoting all answers for a question ascribed to serial voting? [duplicate]

I've noticed that all answers here have 1 single downvote. I don't remember if they all appeared together, but it just made me think one single user might have stumbled on this question and downvoted ...
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Why does downvote sometimes seem to mean 'no'?

Many times on Meta, but not necessarily non-Meta sites, I see yes/no questions. And questions where the answer is no are very often downvoted. Why is that? Why does downvote mean 'no'? I thought ...
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Add the data-nosnippet attribute to answers with negative score (-3 or less)

This post on RPG.SE meta describes a heavily downvoted answer (current score -17) being shown as the featured snippet by Google when searching for the question title (or something resembling it): The ...
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Is it OK to flag a post for moderator review if I'm not sure if it has issues?

Recently one of my flags was rejected, but the rejection message didn't match the flag intention. I was expecting that the moderators reviewed if the post had issues, but the rejection message was ...
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Outdated downvotes problem [duplicate]

In my opinion, the current downvote system has two big problems. I need only approving this idea or reporting any problems in answers. If reporting, please explain, why this is a problem. The first ...
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Is topic-hostile downvoting a thing, and are SE algorithms designed to catch it?

I am well aware that there are endless topics regarding hostile downvoting and how it should be dealt with. I have read a bunch of these threads, but one thing I have never seen raised is persistent ...
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What does negative score on a post mean? [duplicate]

I am sorry, but I find it utterly unproductive, meaningless for anyone to simply anonymously downvote, not just comments or answers, but also the very question in the post that someone is reaching out ...
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Why do basic questions that show no signs of research or anything get hundreds of upvotes, but other detailed questions get downvoted? [duplicate]

Exactly as the question title states, I see people on Stack Overflow ask "How does slicing work in Python?" and get 400 upvotes and all the answers have 600 + upvotes, but when some users ...
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Are wrong answers non-answers? [duplicate]

Suppose I ask, "What is the best way to add two numbers with my pocket calculator?" and someone answers "jQuery." That answer is obviously wrong, but it is technically an answer; ...
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Reversing and redownvoting to force reputation loss

Background I am aware of the reasons reputation has a floor of 1, and I think that's just fine. Occasionally I will downvote a post whose OP has a reputation of 1. I'm OK with how the downvote will ...
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My "self-answer" is the right one, but users may think it should not be accepted. Is this a good reason to request to disown it?

Some time ago I made a question on a SE site about a very subtle issue. After some investigation, I have found the (very) subtle problem and I fixed it by myself, posting an answer to my own question, ...
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Why is my vote not visible in the reviews which I completed? [duplicate]

I was reviewing answers from the First answers review queue in Ask Ubuntu. I noticed a post which was not an answer. I downvoted the post, flagged it as 'not an answer' and completed the review. I ...
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Why can't we object to a downvote? [duplicate]

I saw this as a closed question, and maybe I am wrong for starting it up again, but there should be a method for objecting to a downvote. Please keep in mind, some of us are not the best with "...
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How can I mark a feature request on meta as "won't fix" / "bad idea"?

What is the correct way to vote for "won't fix" / "bad idea" for a feature request posted as a question on meta? I didn't find this mentioned on How should feature requests/bug ...
Joachim Wagner's user avatar
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Should you downvote an answer that didn't work for you, even if it worked for others?

Is it justified to downvote an answer that didn't work for you specifically, even if it worked for others?
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Does SO Portuguese have more downvotes than SO English? [closed]

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that SO Portuguese often has more downvotes than SO English? Further, is there a way for us to find data to test this hypothesis? If this is true, I wonder why ...
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How do I ask a good question without getting struck by the hammer of downvotes? [duplicate]

I've been asking questions here for 8 months and every time I try to ask a question it either gets downvoted within 10 minutes and people say that "you're just looking to gain reputation" ...
Bruh Moments's user avatar
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Asking a tag question/question tag or opposite yes/no question to avoid getting downvotes for a 'no' answer or other 'rejection' [closed]

I read some meta posts that are yes/no questions often use downvotes to indicate a 'no' answer even if the question is good. I don't know about Christianity SE, but I recall I read they do that on ...
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Should questions with answers but majority downvotes be deleted?

Recently, I asked this question on Physics SE. This was a case of myself not thinking things through before asking the question; in any case the question was not of high quality and subsequently (...
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Remove the -1 reputation penalty for downvoting answers on Meta.SE

Because other Meta sites in the network don't have their own reputation (instead relying on the reputation of their parent sites), there is no reputation penalty for downvoting answers on those sites. ...
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How can we correctly deal with downvoted edited questions?

Let's say a question is asked, which receives a few downvotes and suggestions that a question should be improved, then closed. The question is later edited by the OP, addressing some of the issues, ...
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Please edit reputation system to account for previous votes down after receiving first vote up with new contributors

As discussed in Why has there been no reduction in reputation? you cannot go below 1 in reputation, but when receiving the first vote up after receiving votes down, the reputation does not take into ...
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Why has there been no reduction in reputation? [duplicate]

In What is reputation? it states that you lose reputation by 2 when your answer is voted down and you gain reputation by 10 when your answer is voted up. However, this answer from a new contributor ...
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Is it okay to delete questions that get poorly received? [duplicate]

I've recently learned about "Help Vampires" as a concept. It's something that's easy to forget about until I see a -1 attach to a question I ask on Stack Overflow, and I instantly feel the ...
Anne Quinn's user avatar
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Can I ask on any of the meta sites for help in improving my questions? [duplicate]

When my question gets down voted, I always ask why my question got down-voted in the question's comments. I don't always receive a response and this leaves me confused. If I do not get a reason behind ...
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Notification when a downvote cost is refunded [duplicate]

When I downvote an answer, it costs me 1 reputation point. When that answer is deleted, the reputation cost due to downvoting is refunded. When that happens, every once in a while I get a ‘+1’ badge ...
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Why do I get so many downvotes? [duplicate]

I am new and getting lots of downvotes. Can you see what I did wrong in these two examples? Help would be very much appreciated. Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective Posts ...
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Should questions with bounties have same `user shared attempt` requirements (regarding downvoting and closure)? [duplicate]

I saw this post but didn't think it addressed this question. I'm relatively new to being an answer producer at Stack Overflow. I've learned that answering possible duplicates (instead of voting for ...
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Ask moderators to undo my votes or make them upvotes

I have downvoted some answers or questions in Stack Overflow that now that I see, my choice was not right and I should either make them neutral or upvote. I read in another Meta Q&A regarding this ...
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What should one do if they are being targeted by a single individual? [duplicate]

For the past few months, every one of my questions (total of eight) have been downvoted almost immediately after posting.  If they are poorly written questions or even if asking a question for ...
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Is there a bias against using the "answer your own question" feature?

I had a question. As I was researching it while drafting it, I found more and more relevant information that I incorporated into my question. It came to the point where it felt like I was answering ...
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Please revisit the downvote/upvote tooltips on meta sites

The tooltips on all sites, including Meta sites, currently read as follows: Question upvote: "This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear" Question downvote: "This ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted? [duplicate]

As a habit, I have always tried to answer my own questions on Stack Overflow and other sites if no one provided an answer, and I later found the answer myself. I consider this to be essential to ...
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Please close voting system for "feature request" questions or at least replace it with something else

A statement by an SE user: On meta-, down-votes don't necessarily mean that it is a bad question. Down-votes (on meta) can also signify that you don't agree with the premise. Well, imagine a feature ...
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How can I view how many downvotes I received on my questions across the SE network?

I wonder how I can view how many downvotes I received on my questions across the SE network.
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Can clicking on a negatively-received post remove the graying-out on both the content *and* the comments?

This post was marked status-completed – and it is, to a degree. But clicking on a post with a score of −3 (or −7) or lower doesn't remove the grayness on the comments underneath the post, only the ...
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Should we disallow downvotes for first question if vote total is 0? [duplicate]

In order to be nicer to new participants I think it could be nice if they should not experience a negative vote total for the first question. I think it is one of the most discouraging things to ...
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