Questions tagged [down-votes]

Questions specific to down-votes, the community's way of telling peers that their content can be improved. Down-votes on meta site have different meanings.

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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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What can I do if I'm the victim of serial downvoting? [duplicate]

While browsing Stack Overflow, I noticed that I lost a lot of reputation: Is this serial downvoting? Will it be corrected by a rep-recalculation? How often are those done? Here's a second ...
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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel strongly ...
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I was just attacked by an onslaught of downvotes! What do I do? [duplicate]

Checking my recent activity, I noticed that [nearly] all of my posts were downvoted within a short span of a few minutes. It seems as though I've been the victim of a systematic downvoting spree. ...
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Allow downvoting comments

Answers and questions allow both upvoting and downvoting - comments, however, only allow upvoting. I think it would be useful to allow downvoting of comments for two reasons: First, if you ...
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Should the weight of downvotes be increased?

When we started Stack Overflow, we wanted to make sure that downvotes were more of a visual and psychological motivator than a punitive action. That's why upvotes are +10 downvotes are -2, and cost ...
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Meaning of downvotes in Meta vs Main sites?

Upvotes are easy on both Main and Meta sites. You like something, you vote it up. Downvotes are trickier. On Main down-voting a question means that the question is a poor one. Poor meaning badly ...
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The “I Get It” Reputation Problem

I wrote a question about blocking certain characters in passwords. It became tremendously unpopular, and it seemed like everyone wanted to rain on my parade every day. Eventually, I "got it," agreed ...
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Why do you cast downvotes on answers?

This is a question which started off with a comment, then turned into an answer, and now it's a question in its own right (as suggested by Jeff). I'm not sure where it could go from here :) It's ...
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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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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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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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See who is upvoting/ downvoting my question/answer [duplicate]

Is there any way for me to see who is upvoting or downvoting me? Apart from looking at the data dump, of course. No, I will not go after those who downvoted me, but it's interesting to know, anyway.
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Should we have a policy about “too much downvoting”?

We've never had an explicit policy around downvoting -- users are free to, if they like, cast all their votes as downvotes. Whether this behavior is desirable or not is another matter. Now, we do ...
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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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Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn't there

This question was downvoted, and the downvote removed, and the user now has 3 rep, even though there are no reputation generating events on the user's page.
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Should 'drive by' downvoting be more effectively caught?

I have an answer that I'm certain is technically correct. However, it continues to be downvoted. The answer has already been noted in comments on other answers to be better. It goes more in-depth than ...
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The answer to tactical downvoting problem?

As we know, the tactical downvoting (I'm talking especially about SO, as I don't know about other sites) is more and more becoming a serious problem, as I see, the community can't stop this behavior ...
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Can we exempt downvoted accepted answers from getting the top spot?

Similar to this request but narrower, I'm suggesting we make a particular exception for downvoted accepted answers (those with score less than zero, or some other threshold like -3), so that they stay ...
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Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

It annoys me when people post answers to obviously off-topic questions like this one, especially after those questions have already received several close votes. Migrations seem to happen rather ...
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Why are people downvoting my question on Meta? [duplicate]

On all of the other SOFU sites a downvote means The question is unclear or not useful. However, here on meta, a downvote has become a sign of I don't agree with the question, suggestion, feature ...
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So annoyed with no-comment, vindictive downvoting [duplicate]

I have been so annoyed recently by people who downvote my answers with no comments. Usually it falls into one of two categories The asker is asking a question that is inherently impossible or ...
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Change rep required to downvote on MSE

To make your opinion known on MSE you need both up and downvotes. Given at the moment you need 125 rep to downvote on this site, the voting patterns will be skewed positive because not everyone is ...
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Why do you lose reputation for downvoting answers?

It is incredibly rare that I downvote on this or any other community site. I would rather just ignore the item. However, occasionally some very bad advice is given that is worthy of a downvote. Why ...
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Is there an actual “pity” or “sympathy” upvote problem?

There have been a number of discussions about "pity" or "sympathy" upvotes. https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=pity+sympathy+upvote That is, the idea that once a post is voted down to -1, some ...
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Do downvotes on Meta truly mean something different?

It is often said that voting on Meta means something different than voting on regular sites. Upvotes mean "I agree", and downvotes mean "I disagree". However, I submit that this is not the case. ...
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Can I tell who downvoted one of my answers? [duplicate]

I've got a particular answer that got downvoted a couple of times, for reasons I don't understand. I'm not particularly concerned about the odd point of rep (though for us low-rung ladder people, it ...
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Preventing users from downvoting good answers to bad questions

I posted an answer to a question that was voted closed as too localized, which it very much could have been. However, I did get 2 upvotes for that answer. As I browsed SO, I noticed that my rep went ...
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How should I handle possible revenge downvotes? [duplicate]

I don't like such kind of questions on Meta, so I will try to make it a good question and describe all with a details. Today I down-voted https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7469685/what-could-be-a-...
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Add a note about downvoting on Meta

There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here. This is unnecessary, and I'm ...
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Reset post score to 0 on migration

I suggest that when a post is migrated from one site to another, that the question vote score get reset to zero (or perhaps only a negative vote score is reset to zero). Often people will downvote a ...
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Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received?

Sometimes my post receives downvotes with no explanation on what I've done wrong. Even worse, sometimes I just get snarky comments! It seems like this is especially bad for new users, who are made to ...
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How many down-votes is enough for a user to understand their problem?

I am wondering what users should do if they encounter a question that has already been down-voted for a particular reason. If you agree with the down-vote, should you down-vote the question as well? ...
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Different implementation of downvoting: require comments

OK, I know this has been discussed before many, many times but I'd like to make a new suggestion. Problem: drive-by downvoting - people downvote without explaining why. And when you downvote, ...
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Downvotes appear to be pure evil

On StackOverflow, I've received a couple of downvotes for rather stupid answers and some for controversial ones. Every time I do I feel beaten with a stick, enraged at the system and disinclined to ...
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Is it now discouraged to ask for reasons for downvotes as a comment?

I've noticed on the tools section that several comments from posters asking why their post has been downvoted are being flagged. Is it now considered bad form to ask for downvote-reasons? Is the ...
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How does “proof of effort” make a question better?

It seems like many questions by new users are downvoted immediately. Sometimes there is a comment to the tune of "lacks research", "we're not here to do your homework", or "show us some effort". Now ...
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Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged?

One of the responses to the question about the mass of football spam said: The proper course of action is to flag the post as spam. Three spam flags will remove it from the front page, six will ...
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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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A badge that rewards “prophetic” downvoting

How about introducing a badge that rewards downvoting, but only of the sensible kind? A measure for sensible downvoting would be a high percentage certain number of downvotes on content that has ...
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Revealing voting patterns - new trend?

Has SE changed its stance on revealing votes, or is this an unintended feature? This user asked a question and all 5 anwsers got downvoted, so I checked his profile after he said uncomplimentary ...
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If I hit the daily rep cap and then get downvoted, does it still count towards badges?

Say I hit the daily rep cap (with a great overhead, say 40 upvotes for answers, which would translate to 400 rep) and THEN get one downvote, then the day ends. At the end of the day I gained +198 rep. ...
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How many downvotes to push an active question off the “active” list?

I just noticed that the question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/117107/do-you-also-have-difficulty-reaching-your-rep-quota-during-christmas doesn't appear in the "active" list. If this ...
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Should we downvote duplicates?

Should duplicates be downvoted as a punishment for not searching first, or is just closing enough?
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What should be done to people who downvote strategically?

In the infamous Six simple tips to get Stack Overflow reputation fast, some real bad advice was dished out in #2, Use Downvotes and Comments Strategically. The thing that really annoyed me was: If ...
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Spiteful downvoting? Two fast DVs to my unrelated posts [duplicate]

I don't know if I'm being paranoid - but earlier I made a comment on a question that showed no research effort: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16328049/how-do-i-write-for-i-in-the-range-of-1-to-6-...
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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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Proposal: Require anonymous comment with downvotes [duplicate]

Note: this proposal is the similar to a low-voted response to Encouraging people to explain downvotes, added (by someone else) after the question was resolved. The problem: downvotes without comments ...
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Select from list of reasons when performing downvotes

Preamble: I know that 'give a reason when downvoting' is a very common request, and I assure you that I have read these posts and the discussions in them and my request is very different. This isn't ...
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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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