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Is there a habit to downvote new users by default? [closed]

Continuing a rather dated Downvoting of new user questions, I wonder whether meta SE has a habit to downvote new users. Every single question of mine got downvoted, sometimes with a reason, sometimes ...
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Is downvoting a well-written question by a beginner OK? [closed]

Recently, I've noticed that a lot of C++ questions get downvoted within minutes of them being asked. It must be the season of exams as we do see a lot of basic questions being passed by. To me, that ...
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Voting trend and runaway reputation accumulators [closed]

TL;DR Disregard. I had started with an incorrect premise, the what lies below is a false assumption based on an incorrect understanding of the voting system. Original Post I'm seeing (perhaps ...
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Where does one go if a question is not good enough for Stack Overflow? Stack Site for New Users? [closed]

I have noticed that many questions get down voted or closed so often it's very intimidating for new users. I understand that Stack Overflow is for high quality questions that are helpful to everyone ...
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Low tolerance to newbies? [duplicate]

I understand this has been asked before, as per search, but none of the other questions tried to engage [in my opinion] and provide an actual solution. The Problem: Lately, I've been feeling ...
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Making Stack Exchange a more inviting place for new users

Stack Exchange is a wonderful and invaluable community... once you're part of it. New users who aren't familiar with how SE works may have a different impression of our community though. For instance, ...
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Does the new user rate limit apply even when you are a new user on only one site?

I am registered on about 80 SE sites, am an "avid user"(>200 rep) on about 30, and a modest user (103-199 rep) on about 20 more. Once when I tried to ask a question on Open Data (my "new user" site), ...
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Why are questions with poor grammar and/or asked by new users down voted so hard? [duplicate]

This might not be the regular trend but every now or then I see a new user asking a question (that does not fit the Stack Exchange question format) and is downvoted heavily. I'm just trying to ...
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Why do people downvote newbies' posts on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I am a newbie and there are many newbies on Stack Overflow like me. Since we want programming help, we are asking here after we have tried so much. Some experts in that language downvote the post. ...
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What happens if Stack Exchange doesn't let anyone down-vote a newbie who has a reputation less than five? [duplicate]

I was thinking that Stack Exchange itself already has a smart system that filters the quality of a new question. Even the architecture of Stack Exchange is dependent on growing user networks. Then why ...
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Upvote / downvote bandwagon - and how to stop it [duplicate]

The issue isn't about downvotes themselves, it's the abuse done by them. On my time on Stack Overflow I have often noticed the phenomena of dissatisfied people downvoting questions without any given ...
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Change wording for banner displayed when user doesn't have enough rep to downvote

Earlier today, I was on the site of a Stack Exchange community that I have joined, but don't yet have 125 reputation, so I can't downvote. I wasn't thinking about that when I tried to downvote an ...
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Encourage explanatory comments for downvoting new users

I've had a few friends, predominantly female, downvoted heavily when first using Stack Overflow, and they haven't come back. To be fair, they were asking bad questions, or asking questions badly; the ...
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Should we have a down-vote “safe zone” for new users with less than 50 reputation? [duplicate]

I think it would be good for people with less than 50 reputation to have a down-voting “safe zone” because they are new and don’t know the system yet. Down-votes destroy their interest to answer ...
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Why is downvoting labeled an “acceptable action” on audits that came from flagged posts?

At times I see an answer in Late Answers or First Posts that is blatantly not an answer, or sometimes needs a flag of some other sort, and also turns out to be an audit. But in such cases, downvoting ...
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How do I demonstrate disagreement for user actions that I can't downvote on?

What's the preferred mechanism to demonstrate disagreement with user actions that aren't questions or answers on the main site? I often see newbie questions handled downright hostilely by (presumably)...
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Someone always downvotes my question without helping me to understand what I did wrong [duplicate]

Whenever I post a question (usually on Stack Overflow), I almost always get a downvote within the first few minutes of it being posted. I try my best to follow all the rules, search before posting, ...
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Down and duplicate votes on my questions as a new user seem like bullying [duplicate]

Lot of people have posted these kind of questions, but mine deals with another perspective of the same problem, so before you cry out duplicate! just hear me out. I'm a pretty new user on Stack ...
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Down vote a question which belongs to other SE site

I have seen many questions on Stack Overflow and other sites on Area 51. I found that people use to down vote a question if it isn't related to that particular site but related to other Stack Exchange ...
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Should I Downvote a user's first answer if it is bad?

I was reviewing first answers today when I came along an answer that didn't answer the question being asked. The question asked for: C++ Naming Conventions for C# Developer The answer was about C# ...
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Decrease reputation penalty on negative votes for new users

Just a thought.. Can we reduce the weight from -2 to -1 for negative votes for users having reputation score less than "20" or "30" (Need an expert opinion on fixing this scale) Giving a reason in ...
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How to deal with many similar newbie questions of a single user?

Sometimes new users ask one question after the other, all of them quite redundant etc. SO allows to downvote, or close such questions. But closing only punishes the answerers that just happen to ...
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I was down-voted by 6 pts, then they were restored extremely quickly. Why?

I understand there are similar questions here, I am asking specifically about the issues of this one. Just want to know what exactly just went on. I DID lose my cool. I have an idea why my rep was ...
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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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Stack Exchange is too harsh to new users—please help them improve low-quality posts and avoid being uncivil [duplicate]

Note Please see my answer below. I am deeply sorry for having strayed so far from the principles of Stack Exchange. I have edited the post to remove the "wait before voting" text. I've asked a ...
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Why downvote good questions from new users

Today I was answering two questions from new users. Both questions were downvoted, and then deleted by their author before I could post my answer. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15107808/order-...
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Is there a mechanism to protect Stack Overflow against users with new account just to avoid downvoting? [closed]

Is there a way to protect Stack Overflow from users that, for multiple reasons, will create a new account to post a question with laziness and expecting a 'copy-paste' solution? Take this example: a-...
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Tell new users when they get downvoted and suggest ways to improve

I'm not going to ask anyone to be nicer to new users, though it's what I would prefer. However, can we make one last attempt to try to help new users save themselves from themselves, and the ...
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How does Downvoting affect the other users

A new user logs into their account, with lots of enthusiasm posts his first question in the community. Being unaware of format regulations, the user might make mistakes. Also, the enthusiasm might ...
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Can we actually discourage downvotes?

Before you disagree with me with a downvote, or just want to be funny, please hear me out. From the "Vote Down" privilege page: The upvote privilege comes first because that's what you should ...
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canned comments when downvoting new users [duplicate]

I find that a lot of new users will make one of several mistakes asking questions: failure to check Google failure to show any effort failure to read any introductory material on the language in ...
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Minimum rep to downvote

I mostly don't downvote questions by new users, unless they are really rude or really obvious off topic etc. Simply because it isn't always clear to new users what SO is about or how it works. Those ...
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Is there a limit to how much you can be down-voted?

I don't know where to add this and I'm now like a nervous squirrel paranoid that I'm going to say something wrong. But I only have one reputation point so what have I got to lose? The fact is, getting ...
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Just in time help for Meta “Why downvotes?” comments [duplicate]

Upvotes and downvotes are different on Meta, a lesson lots of users learn every day on SE. Often one's first experience with this results in "Why downvotes" or "Could someone explain why this is ...
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Is downvoting an answer that is a single line of code encouraged? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Down Vote “code only” answers? Check below answer and the comments: How to cast an 'int' to a 'char' in C#? That's my first post in SO and it ...
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Warn when downvoting newbies

I'd like an extra message box when clicking "down" on answers and questions of people which have less than 100 points (or any other sensible definition of "newbie"; I think the site owners should be ...
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Low reputation users delete their questions/answers when recieving downvotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does systematic self-deleting need to be prevented? It happens quite often that low reputation users delete their questions or answers whenever they recieve a downvote. ...
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Negative votes necessary for newbie?

Is it necessary to downvote newbies? I don't ask this because I am a newbie, but I ask this because I think we should appreciate newcomers for the fact that they asked. We should not degrade them by ...
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Do not allow giving minus one for new user questions

I always see Stack Overflow users giving -1 to new users' questions. This is not how you welcome a new user to the community. A new user does not know the rules yet. I suggest that if one wants to ...
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Reputation of new users with downvoted question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn't there I've spotted a problem question on travel.SE. At that moment it had -1 score. I've added another one -1 vote, but got ...
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Retaliatory downvoting

So, after patiently trying to help a newb understand why his answer wasn't helping my question, and not wanting just to give him a down-vote without explaining why, I eventually gave up and just ...
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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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A toggling of down vote on a user with reputation 1 makes his reputation 3 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn’t there Reproduction steps 1. Down vote on answer of a user with reputation 1. 2. Take back your down vote by clicking the ...
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I don't like to downvote newbies. Am I being too soft?

Newbies tend to ask inappropriate/badly worded questions, the likes of which I'd downvote a regular user for. But I don't like to downvote them, as I think it will put them off SO, instead just ...
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What happen when a user with reputation 1 gets a down vote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does “Reputation” work? If a user with reputation 1 gets a down vote, his reputation is not lowered. Are the down-votes considered, when the same user gets ...
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Bug with 1-rep users. Downvotes don't cancel upvotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn’t there Whenever a 1 rep user makes a very bad question, they will of course get downvotes. Well, sometimes there are ...
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Why downvote questions posted by new users when their rep won't be affected? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What purpose does downvoting questions serve? Why bother, and what's the point, behind downvoting questions posted by new users who won't see any negative rep repercussions? ...
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quirk with down-vote user with 1 rep [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn’t there If you down-vote an answer to a user with only 1 rep, then remove the down-vote their new rep is 3.
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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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Downvoting of new user questions

I have noticed a trend on Stack Overflow where the first question posted by newer users (typically having <100 reputation) tends to get downvoted, mainly because said users don't know how to ask ...