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In our way of thinking, this change was a rollback of a decision made in 2010. That change didn't adjust the weight of downvotes. We think it did not change people's behavior and the problem it attempted to solve (people spamming the site with meh questions in hopes of getting enough upvotes to make up for downvotes) was better solved with rolling rate ...


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For Stack Overflow, this SEDE query returns that 26% of the posts with a downvote don't have a comment. 11% of the downvoted posts that are scoring less than zero don't have any comment. Here is the source query select sum(case when p.commentcount = 0 then 1 else 0 end) nocomment , sum(case when p.commentcount > 0 then 1 else 0 end) comments , ...


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This was about returning parity to the value of questions-vs-answers (like it was years ago before the "question value" was reduced to +5). It's a statement that well-asked questions are just as valuable as well-received answers. So it wasn't about "doubling the reward" (1) per se; that's just how the math worked out. (1) Incidentally, we didn't "cut the ...


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why is it that so many veteran users are set on putting down questions from new users? Let me counter that with a question for you to answer: Why do so many new users assume bad faith of veteran users? Within the first five minutes of me asking a question(and this might be someone else's experience), mods and veteran users immediately downvote and mark ...


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Accepting the answer is entirely up to the asker - they can accept whichever answer solved their problem or answered their question best. It may not be a popular answer, and it may even be entirely wrong, but that is what the Accept button is for - for them. Scoring is the community rating of the post. Personally I think the two things are very separate ...


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I had this in a comment, but I'm not keen on having this question magically disappear before you get the value out of this. Here's how you fail to endear others to your cause or issue: unnecessary and unjustifiable labeling of others. To suggest that these people are "resolved" to downvote your question or that they may be motivated by bias of any flavor ...


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Welcome to Meta Stack Exchange, which is a separate site in the network with its own reputation system, functioning exactly like a main site like Stack Overflow (though privilege levels might be a bit different). So just like on Stack Overflow, downvoting answers costs reputation. On per-site Metas like Meta Stack Overflow, you cannot lose (or earn) ...


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Do you think banning for people not upvoting your question should be a thing? No, that's a bad idea, and it's also a misrepresentation of how the system works. A question with no up- or downvotes is neutral towards a question ban. You can ask hundreds of zero-scoring questions without facing a question ban, as long as you don't have (too) many negatively ...


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Explaining how you voted is unrelated to providing contructive critisism. Just provide the feedback, don't even mention your vote: With all due respect, I don't think this is a very helpful response. There are many vague terms like "more or less established" and "anything earlier than the 15th century is ... written on a scroll". Coemgenus is asking for ...


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You're under no requirement to explain your downvote in any case. The popup is a suggestion, telling you that you can explain your downvote if you think that the post can be improved. If someone else has already covered why it's downvote-worthy in a comment - great! You don't need to comment. It's also worth bearing in mind that leaving a comment saying &...


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Why down votes are automatically removed? Only when "the system" has detected suspicious voting behavior. When, for example, you do targeted voting, the system might observe: "user X is quickly down(up)voting multiple posts of user Y", that might be determined to be serial voting, and the system automatically undos all corresponding votes. In other ...


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There is already some kind of confirmation feature; when you downvote a post, you'll see a blue banner at the top*: I most certainly don't want a confirmation popup like you describe; we shouldn't bother users who help moderating content by having to do more clicks. This one goes away automatically when you navigate to another page. easy to click it by ...


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The thing to focus on is not that the other question is 10 years old, but do the answers to that question solve my problem. If they do then great, you've got what you came for. If not edit your question to explain why so we can get it reopened and try again. Try to remember we're here to help and also we're here to try to create a library of great ...


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The cost of down-votes on questions has not changed. It's still zero to the voter. The penalty of a down-vote to the asker will still be -2. All that's changed is the value of an up-vote on a question to the asker.


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The things to remember when it comes to serial downvoting are: 90% - Are you seeking out their posts and downvoting them based on the person, not the content? 10% - Are you voting on other people's posts, both up and down. (percentages made up mostly to illustrate the weighting) You say that you come across this user's posts in day-to-day usage of the ...


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Some users are very fast readers. Some users may feel that the title alone gives them enough information to cast a vote. Maybe someone voted by accident. But consider that the first vote came a whole ten seconds after you posted your question (question asked at: 10:20:13, first vote cast at: 10:20:23). Here you have the timestamps for the events: ...


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In such a case I think you should ignore the pop-up, and upvote the comment which matches your reason for downvoting. Both upvoting and downvoting are intended to be anonymous, and so I do not think there is any need to try and link a downvoter or upvoter to their vote.


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Don't downvote spam, flag it! And that spam flag automatically downvotes it; you don't own the vote yourself, the Community user does. That's probably what you experience, not real users downvoting the post. Also, the other 'users' might actually be automatic flags from the Charcoal project, especially if it involves blatant spam for pharma products. Your ...


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It's impossible to give a number. It will differ widely per site; a site like Community Building has 33 visits per day, much less than Stack Overflow. So there are no answers with 100 upvotes. Just looking at the traffic might not be enough; on some sites, users are more inclined to vote than on others. And even on Stack Overflow, a popular tag like [java] ...


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Nothing Particular If an answer is downvoted so it has -3 score or less it becomes greyed out, reducing its visibility. If nothing else happens to it nothing more will happen. There's no review queue for low scoring posts, but the lowest scoring answers are listed in the 10k moderator tools. If the answer has problems which warrant removal, flag it as such. ...


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Votes are not meant for the person posting the question/answer; they are meant for people who might read it. They are not a corrective measure (per se). They are a signpost saying how many people think the question is worthwhile or not. They tell you whether you should bother reading it. Voting and closing are two distinct channels of information which say ...


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It depends a lot on context. 50 upvotes on an answer within a few days isn't necessarily surprising. It happens all the time with posts that make it to the Hot Network Questions list. On the flip side, a few upvotes on a really bad question or answer could be highly unusual (maybe even a sign of voting fraud; I've seen it happen). The popularity of the ...


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This kind of gamification works well for technical Q&A sites (mostly), but I don't find it appropriate for general discussions like here in MSE. Yes, most people who have some experience here on Meta agree that the reputation system isn't such a good fit here as it is for main sites. Various suggestions for replacements have already been suggested in ...


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Personally I'd welcome a change in the sort order instead. When an OP accepts their own answer it doesn't rise to the top. The same logic could be re-used for negatively voted answers. (Or all the time, for that matter.)


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The parts you write about Cesar M being a moderator are not 100% correct. It is true that Cesar has moderator privileges, as indicated by either the diamond behind his handle, and the indicator on his profile page. But that is not because he is an elected moderator. He is a staff member who, as a community manager, relies on the moderation tools to do his ...


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One key element here: when writing a question on this network, you are, in general, expected to do prior research. A duplicate often means: you didn't do that. And the more obvious "absence of prior research" can be found, the more people are likely to downvote. The real issue is (imho) twofold: The "new question" wizard logic should make it as simple as ...


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One reason might be that there's a very good chance there will be no Winter Bash 2020. A staff member has stated: Chances are good we won't be doing hats next year, but finding something brand new to do. We wanted to do that this year, but wouldn't have been able to pull it off. Hats have just gotten too overdone and repetitive. – animuson♦ Dec 11 '19 at ...


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I wasn't the downvoter, but maybe their voting behavior is similar to me at times... Vote prediction: Sometimes I predict my eventual vote based on an initial general impression, then read the post in more detail. If I change my mind, I go back and change the vote. If I don't change my mind (as is usual), then I don't need to scroll back up to find the ...


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Should we have a policy about "too much downvoting"? (posted on March 17, 2010 by Jeff Atwood, a couple of days before the blog post) was status-declined in June 2010 (also by Jeff Atwood), so presumably, if that limit ever existed in the first place, it was probably removed sometime around June 17, 2010.


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