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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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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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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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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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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 people interpreting it and it ...


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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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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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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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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 is ...


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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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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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Being a beginner and trying to learn about C++ or Python or arctan (or anything else) is not a magic cloak that protects against downvotes and exempts you from the cultural norms about writing a good question. Being a beginner at C++ or Python or arctan is different from being a beginner at writing a StackOverflow question. We have a ton of information ...


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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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Forcing downvotes to be accompanied by comments sounds like a good idea at first, and many here would like to see new users get all the info they need to ask questions that are a better fit! Contrary to popular opinion, most users here are nice and want to help, and don't enjoy "shooting down" newbies' questions with downvotes to make them feel bad ...


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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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There's a precedent here for self-accepted self-answers whereby the order is reset to the votes. This seems like a sensible extension. IMO downvotes are more important than the OP... just because the OP thinks it solves their problem does not mean it is correct/helpful to others.


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As far as I can tell downvoting is mostly useless. I strongly disagree. As a user of the site, it's one of the strongest tools that I have available to me to improve the quality of the site. For questions the only people who get downvoted are lower rep users, or incredibly stupid questions This is false. There are plenty of higher rep users who make ...


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Our guidance here is to do exactly what you did, wait for the script to run and if the votes aren't reversed, it means: It wasn't the same person. You'd be surprised how often that is actually the case The votes did not trip the algorithm(s), which are designed to err on the side of caution. What this prescribes is shrugging it off entirely, and possibly ...


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I think this is a good proposal. In my related question, How should low-reputation MSE users express disagreement with a (proposed) network-wide change?, I already raised the concern that voting is skewed due to the different levels of reputation combined with the association bonus. There are a few options which were mentioned already, most derived from ...


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First off, excellent suggestion, thanks for writing this up. We discussed this extensively internally, and while I'm declining it right now I don't think it's without merit — it's just not something we think is worth the added complexity right now. What follows is a rough summary of our internal discussions, heavily biased by my own prejudices and selective ...


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Why? My guess is that it's there because meta runs the same software as Stack Overflow, in the main site this makes a lot of sense. Having greyed answers when looking for an answer to a problem is productive and useful and it removes focus from answers the community peer reviewed and deemed useful. Is it useful? I think that this visual cue is not useful in ...


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I'd focus on closing such questions as fast as possible. And perhaps even deletion if justified. If they can't answer because something was closed, you've solved the problem without muddying the meaning of votes. And if it gets deleted in a relatively short period of time, there is no gain for the answerer in any case.


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I think this could be a constructive feature. It solves the problem of leaving feedback on downvoted material without actually forcing the downvoter to expose himself/herself. However, there are a few suggestions I have to make this successful and continue to encourage normal voting patterns: 1 - Don't force downvoters to pick a reason: Don't force a ...


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