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The answer was down voted because I lost my keys. Please, stay with me, let me explain this odd chain of events. Earlier today I couldn't get to the store on time because I could not find my keys. That caused me to miss the opportunity to run over a golf ball, which would have bounced between a few buildings in Makati and eventually land in one of the fish ...


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A downvote is an opportunity to consider that perhaps your post could be improved somehow. If you are at all bothered by a downvote, I encourage you to consider the following. Note: Votes are slightly different on Meta. You may be more quickly down voted on a meta site because people simply disagree with your thoughts on a topic. For example, on questions ...


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Yes. Answering obviously off-topic questions encourages people to ask them. I've seen so many "This is probably off topic, but I'm asking it here because of the amount of traffic Stack Overflow gets!" questions I've lost count. And people still love getting book recommendations as much as people like giving them. Answering these questions only ...


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I have seen many instances of downvoted answers being accepted across at at least half a dozen sites. I cannot think of a single instance where having the accepted answer be at the top in these situations was a good thing. They are almost always some combination of outright wrong and possibly dangerous. At the very least they are never answers that are ...


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It doesn't necessarily make the question better, though it can do so; in general it provides three things: A solid indication of what the poster is attempting. This, hopefully, fills in the gaping holes in their explanation of their problem. You can look at the code in addition to the explanation to try to determine what's happening. In the same vein, if ...


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Yeah, it was a joke (and I hope they didn't really downvote you!) It's a meme here on MSO; people often draw freehand red circles on screenshots of the SE user interface to highlight things that are broken or otherwise should be attended to. Here's an example of one such screenshot:


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I get paid to write words in English. As part of becoming someone who gets paid to write words in English, I had to learn a very hard lesson. This is true, whether you like it or not: When you write something, and someone else doesn't understand it after the amount of reading they put into it, that means you didn't write it clearly enough. I wish this ...


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Every moderator election, someone comes along and questions the voting history of nominees. To someone unfamiliar with the site and how things operate here, at first glance a high number of downvotes would seem to indicate harsh treatment of others. That's not at all the case. In my experience, the ratio of downvotes to upvotes has absolutely no correlation ...


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There is a show votes option for developers, but we explicitly disallow it on our own posts -- to reduce any temptation of looking at votes on our own posts. The intent of the function is to look at voting irregularities at the developer level. And of course developers have access to the underlying database anyhow, if they really must know.


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Downvotes on questions are free. This was done in an attempt to encourage more people to vote on questions, and so far, it appears to be working. Downvotes on answers still cost you -1 rep point, just as you expected. This is covered in the Help Center, where it explains how to gain and lose reputation: The primary way to gain reputation is by posting ...


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Because downvoting pushes out off the front page but doesn't remove it. This means that it is somewhat less likely to be seen by other active members who could flag it, and therefore kill it. Downvoting is for bad, unresearched questions. Spam is just spam, it should be spotted and removed ASAP. Hiding it means it might stick around longer then it needs to.


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Down-voting is not a bad thing. If the answer is not useful as it is because, for example, it contains something that makes it not correct, or not 100% exact, then you can down-vote it. It's important, IMO, to remove the down-vote when the answer is fixed, as the down-vote is not for the user who wrote a non correct answer; the down-vote is for the wrong ...


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As you might have noticed, I've gone around your recent questions to give them a touch up. Overall your questions seem rather okay but there are a few points I'd like to note though "Thank you in advance" and other fluff like "I'm a beginner" shouldn't be in your question. They take time away from other peope interpreting it and it doesn't add any value. ...


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The reference question and answer for post bans is written with a harsh tone and a bad faith assumption. This bad faith assumption becomes obvious when you consider that a shortened URL is used in the post ban message. It's this kind of bad faith assumption that drives people away from Stack Exchange, and we should be assuming good faith whenever it is ...


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I disagree. Not all that should be downvoted should be closed, and vice versa. A question can be very good, well put, well thought-out, but is off-topic, or not constructive. A question can be valid, but badly formatted, or research wasn't applied to it ("RTFM questions which aren't duplicates"). There's no reason to close, only downvote. Also You're ...


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My take on this is thus: There is a significant disconnect between SE.Meta and site Metas. To be able to effectively participate on a site Meta, you only need to be active on that site. To be able to effectively participate on SE.Meta, you need to be active on SE.Meta. This is an extra barrier of entry. Active participation on a site Meta (which includes ...


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It’s preferable to explain why you want the asker to try that and what you changed. Throwing code on people doesn’t always help, and it can be hard to translate to other situations if someone doesn’t know what’s going on. This one may have been pretty self-explanatory, but yes, please add at least a sentence in general as a matter of good practice. And yes,...


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As of right now, this is done: the "vote down" privilege is awarded at 100 reputation here on Meta Stack Exchange. This should allow folks with the association bonus - or those who earn 100 reputation by participation here - to downvote questions as much as they wish (particularly important for feature discussions). It does limit downvotes on answers, ...


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I think an error many beginner programmers make is to look at Stack Overflow as if it was their mentor. As a beginner, it is helpful to have a mentor who can answer simple questions that have been asked a million times before. Someone who is willing to dedicate their time and energy to help you be a better programmer. Someone who knows you by name and and ...


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The goal of SO is to create a long-term repository of useful questions and answers. Research effort is to make sure the questioners are contributing to this as well as the answerers. A stereotype of SO is it's a bunch of answerers doing a bunch of free labor, but the great trick we've pulled on everyone is, the questioners are doing free labor as well. And ...


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Confirmed that the Upvoter / Downvoter UserId's are zapped from the Votes table, e.g. by running this data.stackexchange query. Note however that 'favourited' and bounty Userid's seem to be retained :) (Thanks, mom!) SELECT v.UserId, vt.Name, COUNT(*) FROM Posts p INNER JOIN Votes v ON v.PostId = p.Id INNER JOIN VoteTypes vt ...


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Votes are anonymous. However, if one is looking for someone to blame it is possible to make a guess based on existing information. Looking at your activity list, you were active in only that one question over the last 20 hours (which was when the downvote occured). Looking at your rep graph, you had 591 rep the day before and 430 after. Taking into account ...


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Your question read, in full: If ( Coders sit long and impact sex capability ) is true? I want to know if coder can kid here technically. if not, i will delete this quesiton. it's boring afternoon. You accumulated at least 6 offensive flags with that post, enough for it to be deleted automatically by the Community user and for you to be given the -...


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I don't like downvoting. Get over it. This scenario is more common than you realize, and will continue to be so long as the folks who do know how to differentiate "correct" from "incorrect" withhold their votes. Seven people thought that [0-9,.]+ was "good enough" to match numbers, so why am I the only one who doesn't? One of two options: You're the ...


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No, there is no way in the interface for us to see who down voted us in the interface. Yes we have access to the raw data (obviously, it's in the db) but ... really there are much much much more interesting things for us to do with our time.


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Posting bad answers is bad. Deleting bad answers is good. Strive for eliminating the first. Your only bad answers should be inadvertent. At Adam Rackis's request: There once was a dude with bad answers; His activity was viewed as a cancer. Deletion would nicely reverse it, But the real solution: Don't post sh*t! (Bad, I know :P)


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This is a bug in our vote auto-invalidation task. When we delete highly active users upon their request (i.e. they no longer wish to participate in Stack Exchange), we preserve their up/down/accepted votes by moving them to our Community User. This is the first time we had removed a meta.SO user in this fashion, where the downvotes flow like wine :), and ...


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Is a duplicate question really that offensive? When it comes down to these mass duplicated questions: yes, yes it is. They get annoying after a while, and waste our time trying to close and get rid of them so we don't have 50 million duplicates of the same exact thing. Basically, you're offending us by not conducting a simple search that would have saved ...


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