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Does aggressive downvoting help the site growth?

I am new here, but I’ve noticed that downvoting on this site tends to be quite virulent with respect to off-topic questions or questions which probably are poorly formulated.

Though I understand the therapeutic nature of up/downvoting in motivating users in doing better, I really wonder if an excessive use of this feature actually makes it less effective in the end.

A few examples in the last couple of days:

  1. On which site is it easier to earn reputation? -8

  2. Prompt when I accept my answer within 2 days seems miswritten? -10

  3. Is downvoting a well-written question by a beginner OK? -13

  4. Questions Tags Users Unanswered Should (and could) we require the tour badge (and/or rep) to give answers? -10

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