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Look at the screenshot taken from this five-year-old Stack Overflow post: Do users upvote out of sympathy, and how should that be addressed? The OP writes, [emphasis in bold mine] How can one hope to improve the quality of questions on Stack Overflow when people upvote crap like this? Who in their right mind would upvote such a ...


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Yes; this is already in place: When the question/answer is deleted, the reputation lost (or gained) with it will be reversed. ♦ moderators can clear spam flags if there are signs the user's account has been compromised. That way, the posts will stay deleted but the -100 reputation penalty (and the blocking of further posts) will be revoked.


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what exactly happens in the mind of a person causing him/her to downvote others without giving them the chance to learn why? and why when this behavior is criticized they tend to do it even worse? Has there ever been a psychological study on people's behavior on social media and how they try to punish/silence others? Depends on the post. I personally ...


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There can be many reasons to downvote without a comment. The first and most important: sometimes you don't have the nerves to explain to the OP, without being considered an insult. For example, if it is clearly visible, that the OP could write correctly, but he intentionally doesn't even try to. Saying to him, where should he go with this attitude, would ...


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what exactly happens in the mind of a person causing him/her to downvote others without giving them the chance to learn why? and why when this behavior is criticized they tend to do it even worse? Has there ever been a psychological study on people's behavior on social media and how they try to punish/silence others? We vote on posts to tell the world ...


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I have been active on different SO/SE forums for quite a while. The sites here aren't forums, they're tightly curated Q/A resources, more akin to Wikipedia than a social network. However, I have barely seen the same behavior from other SO users. Consider this post for example. There I have asked a question about compiling software on FreeDOS and I ...


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His reputation isn't going down by that much; the question has (while I'm writing this) 160 upvotes (= +800 reputation) and 514 downvotes (= -1028 reputation). That's only 200 points, which is easily gained when he posts an announcement which is well received. Oh, and since he has a ♦, he doesn't lose any privileges. So nothing to worry about... After ...


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Requesting votes (up or down) on any post is not in the spirit of their purpose. Users should vote based on the content of the post alone. And they should not use a user profile to find posts to vote on. Targeting users is by all means a serious offense and those repeatedly involved with it will face consequences. Votes don't need to be requested. The ...


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You've asked three questions on the Theoretical Computer Science site and received replies to your concerns about the downvotes: I'm not downvoting; but I notice that you still ignore my (hopefully good) suggestion of carefully studying/reading Sipser's "Introduction to the Theory of Computation" (and solve its exercises ;-) – Marzio De Biasi 6 hours ago ...


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Can we implement a new process that addresses long posts to insure that the next time I create one its not downvoted? Wouldn't that allow for abuse by users who are not like you? When implemented, users who are only capable of asking not useful, badly researched or unclear questions could overcome the stigma of down-votes by adding 20,000 characters of the ...


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This sounds like a very bad reason to downvote and unhealthy to everyone involved, you, the asker, the community as a whole, SE's voting system, and not the least its reputation. If that's the only reason why you're downvoting the question, especially if you yourself think it's actually a good question, you are downvoting for purely personal reasons, which ...


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Even if the question is good, they were too lazy to follow up, and they deserve the downvote. No. While you're free to downvote as you like, it's very much appreciated if you follow the golden rule: "Vote for the content, not for the author." It's a good question (you said it yourself), so vote it up. Whether an answer is accepted or not doesn't really ...


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That's bad IMO. You aren't voting for the quality of the content, but rather users' behavior (whether the author is following up is surely a behavior), which is a common mispractice of voting. While it's your right and privilege to decide what and how to vote on, you had better not waste your time and votes for this kind of questions anymore. (On Meta ...


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No, a downvote from someone with less than 125 reputation points (or anonymous users) will not cost you any points. Those votes are recorded and you can find them in either the data.stackexchange tables or once you have enough privileges they are shown in the site tools. The downvotes won't suddenly count if you go over 125 reputation points. You would have ...


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If you don't have 1000 reputation, there are other options: You can access the timeline of a post. There is no direct link to it on the Q&A page, but this link will show you it has one downvote: You can check the reputation tab of the author's profile. (This doesn't work on per-site metas, though.) You can get the number of up- and downvotes from the ...


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I can think of a couple of factors off the top of my head why we get lots of voting here: High regular voter/post ratio: We usually get around 5–10 on-topic questions here everyday, and often only one or two invoke reactions (maybe posts that liken downvoters to members of a mob? Hint, hint). It'd get a better statistician to prove this, but for what it's ...


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Meta is a strange, slightly odd, fickle beast. It's kind of the internet equivalent of the agora – it's a chaotic place where ideas are brought out, argued over and occasionally there's a bar fight or two. Critically as the prototype meta, we have folks voting meta-style (to agree or disagree), on topics of discussion (which don't do as well on main sites)...


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I think that the number of downvotes on this site reflects the large number of off-topic questions, and questions that users assess as being not useful for other reasons, which are posted here. The tooltip for the downvote indicates that it should be used when posts are not useful.


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