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It's pretty obvious that there's a "bandwagon effect", wherein people vote up answers that already have upvotes and ignore answers that already have downvotes, so it makes sense that dishonest people would manipulate this effect by using "tactical downvoting" to push themselves to the top of the list. But if "tactical downvoting" is really a serious problem ...


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All voters are free to vote their conscience on any answer or any question for any reason at any time. If you see something downvoted and you disagree, upvote it. Your upvote costs you nothing and delivers more rep than the downvote subtracted. Arguments about 'voting policy' are a waste of time. In a crowd-sourced system, people will vote for all kinds of ...


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Looks like there was a comment on your answer explaining the reasoning behind the downvote. While people downvote for many reasons, including revenge and other types of malice, it sounds to me like in this case you're overthinking it a bit. I'm not saying you should be happy about getting a downvote, but this case didn't look malicious to me. Don't take it ...


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It's not tactical at all. Your answer is being downvoted since folk have since realised that it's incorrect. (See the comment appended to your answer). The Stack Exchange sites are not social networks: they aim to build a library of questions and answers.


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The biggest problem here is you're assuming that it's the person who posted another answer that downvoted you. You don't know that. Unless you're sitting there stalking their profile watching all their reputation changes, there's absolutely no possible way to know a person downvoted you. Assuming that will only cause problems for you, as it causes false ...


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No. Votes, whether they are up or down, are the expression of the opinion of one member of the community. Debating that is debating the opinion of the community as a whole. If you disagree with the vote, just give your own vote and leave it there. (I wonder if I would start a 'protesting upvotes' question... I have never seen such a question here)


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It wasn't me, no orange arrow: Not the OP either, he has no downvotes recorded. Just a passer-by, it is nothing unusual.


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Yes, Tactical down-voting is a problem, but It's very hard to know whether that's what's happening. But even if you could identify that the down-voting is tactical, there are even some of the opinion that you have the right to down-vote for whatever reason you please. every times someone down-votes, they get -1, so you can rest assured that any failed ...


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this sort of hit-and-run nonsense degrades SO Now that you've brought more attention to your answer, it appears others also agree with the criticism. It would have been better if he stated, "Writing a class to wrap the random.choice might make sense in some cases, but in this particular instance it doesn't appear to provide any benefit, but does make the ...


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I think you're reading into the comment more than what was said. I think you are assigning blame to the commenter for the downvote, to which you have no proof. And I think you're talking both the comment and the downvote too personally. If you feel you are wrongfully downvoted, ask for an explanation. If one comes that satisfies you, great. If you can learn ...


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I can think of two cases where I'd consider it appropriate to downvote a correct answer. For the first case, imagine a question that has two correct answers. One of those is rightly voted higher than the other; both are correct, but one is a little better. Time passes and something changes at a later date that makes the other answer much better, without ...


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What am I expected to do in this situation? Answer some more questions and move on. If your answer is truly correct, then the downvote will be corrected by the rest of the community at some point in the future. Where did I go wrong here? Nowhere, I don't think. I'm not a C/C++ guru so I can't speak to your answer, but you've contributed to the ...


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No, it's not. However, life, Stack Overflow included, is not generally fair and you'll be happier if you don't let yourself get too hung up on that. In the case of Stack Overflow, when the stakes are just mostly meaningless numbers, it's definitely not worth getting too worked up about a downvote you don't think is fair. People can downvote for whatever ...


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There are quite a few questions along the lines of "Why was this question so heavily downvoted?" to be found here and on Meta Stack Overflow. It does often come up when someone stumbles across something that received a resoundingly negative response, and the reasons for that response aren't immediately clear. Kate brings up the first important thing to ...


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Seems like the user has explained his down-vote, though he didn't have to. People are going to down-vote for a wide variety of reasons - maybe they don't like your hair, or maybe they think you down-voted them first, or, maybe, they don't think your answer is very good (and they may be right or they may be wrong). There is not much you can do about this. ...


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Looking at the answer in question, you already did the right thing in this situation: you challenged the downvote by asking for clarification in the comments under your answer, and as it turns out the downvoter decided to reveal himself, explain his downvote, and you talked him round. In the event that the downvoter had opted to remain anonymous, though, ...


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I don't understand the down-votes, personally. Your answer is correct. Don't assume it's tactical though, people vote for all sorts of reasons and rarely leave comments explaining why. I find the higher-voted answer easier to read, but that's a personal thing. That would probably cause me to up-vote that answer in favour of yours. But I wouldn't down-vote ...


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Anyone is free to vote posts as they please. If they think a post isn't useful or helpful, they can downvote it. The reason your post got downvoted is because your answer doesn't explain much and/or the downvoter thinks it's wrong. Your answer tells the OP what he's doing wrong but fails to explain why it is wrong.


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Your answer was actually the fifth (as if that mattered, those five answers came inside 20 seconds), and several of the earlier answers contained the advice to change the parameter name to fix the issue. IMO the better fix. Still, although your code is in my opinion unnecessarily complicated, it's valid, so I wouldn't downvote it. Perhaps the downvoter (...


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Being "off-topic, too broad, etc" is reason for close voting, and if you have access to the review queues, you can vote "leave open" on such questions. Downvoting is more subjective - and what's more, the issues that caused it (bad grammar, missing details, rude tone, appears to be a duplicate of a very commonly asked question) might be fixed by the time ...


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Don't read too much into a single downvote. Often, the downvoter doesn't bother to read fully, doesn't understand, misclicked, etc. Definitely rethink your solution once you reach around -2. You still shouldn't totally ignore a -1, though you can probably forget about it if you've reread your answer and you think it's right. There is such a thing as ...


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These downvotes will be removed by an automagic script which detects voting fraud, usually within a day (~12-24h tops). If these have not been removed within a day or so, flag one of your questions or answers which has been downvoted with an Other message for a moderator explaining exactly what you think is going on. However, just because you believe this ...


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If you have been serially downvoted, the downvotes will be automatically reverted by a script. Users that resort to serial downvoting often enough will be flagged for moderator review and can face temporary suspensions if they don't improve. You can flag the comment where you challenged the user for the behaviour for moderator attention if you feel the ...


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I can think of one case where I would down vote a technically correct answer. I know I've come close to doing this many times, and I think I have done it once or twice. It goes off the same principle that Mike Pennington quoted from the down vote arrow itself: This answer is not useful The case? When the person answering the question is so rude in giving ...


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I doubt there are a lot of tactical downvoters hitting the rep cap often. It seems to me that the people who spend a lot of time on here are more respectful of the environment that Stack Exchange continuously tries to encourage. The people who spend a large majority of their time asking and answering questions on Stack Exchange seem more interested in ...


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If an answer works, it works. The only time I'd downvote if is there's something seriously wrong with how it works (doesn't answer the question, opens up a serious security hole, etc). Given the community-driven nature of SO, you'll have to deal with bad apples sometimes, and there's no way to prevent that. Fortunately, it's a large community, and there's ...


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It depends. Did the downvoted person repeat an already existing answer? Repeating an answer with your own words is only useful if you are able to repeat it in a much better way. Else the question will climb up, earn attention, people will spent time reading it and ask themselves, why you repeated an existing answer, instead of voting the similar answer up, ...


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Downvoting should be limited to the following reasoning: This answer is not useful I definitely feel a tinge of resentment towards people who gravitate towards homework questions particularly if the question is covering basic ground, or the question doesn't show much effort. However, if the answer is correct I leave my feelings about their reasoning for ...


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