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Questions tagged [down-votes]

This tag is for questions specific to down-votes, the community's way of telling peers that their content can be improved. Down-votes on meta site have different meanings.

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Is downvoting a question constructive?

The only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. Is downvoting questions constructive? I came across this question today and it had a couple of downvotes before I answered it. This got me ...
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Received 38 downvotes on different posts in 4 minutes [duplicate]

This is my reputation history right now: These are 38 of my highest-voted questions and answers. Looks like I made some enemies. Could moderators handle this, please?
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Migration of votes

When a question is migrated to another site, any upvotes are transferred with it and are credited on the target site. Questions that are off-topic here often receive downvotes simply because they're ...
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I believe our current system for preventing downvoters is insufficient

I've just become a victim of serial downvoting, or at least I believe so. Some posts of mine from years ago had been downvoted out of the blue, and more recent ones as well. Naturally, this decreases ...
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The purpose of this community - down-voting and asking questions

Why downvote a question? It causes the user to lose reputation. Why not simply ask the person to restate and/or delete the question? I was told that this community only accepts one question at a ...
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Why has this question been downvoted?

Based on the fact that it's a specific problem that applies to many people, could be invaluable to those using MediaMonkey, and has no answer anywhere else I was expecting it to get at least a handful ...
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Protect anonymity of 'no comment' down voters - while allowing other users to down vote them

As there are hundreds of comments on the issue of users down voting a question without leaving a comment - I believe it must be a serious issue to many users. Since some users don't feel it is ...
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Why was my post about Windows 3.1 icons found in Windows 7 placed on hold?

I have a question about my Super User post: Why are there Windows 3.1 icons in Windows 7? I recently posted a question about icons I had located in C:\Windows\System32\MorIcons.Dll. Almost as soon as ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Voting on the questions and answers within the Super User community has often been a lively topic of discussion. Our voting tendencies are deemed important enough that during past Super User ...
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Is SuperUser Not the Right Place for Visio Questions?

I noticed in checking SuperUser that lots of Visio questions were popular and had multiple answers between 2009 and 2011. However, a quick scan shows that Visio questions asked after 2014 have rarely ...
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Question received no rep, but an answer mentioning the question received negative rep; why?

A while back, I asked the question Leading zeros in IPv4 address; is that a no-no by convention or standard?, which in hindsight could possibly have gone on another Stack Exchange, maybe Networking. ...
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Automatic downvote spree detection

Is there an automatic downvote spree detection on SuperUser? I just got a notification that I've gotten downvotes on my answers and quite interestingly they're all at the same time period and for ...
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Is there a better site for this question?

Wondering if I should move https://superuser.com/questions/768807/how-to-see-my-own-domain-from-host-server to another site? Or if it belongs here, what I might do to improve it, since it is being ...
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Is my answer so improbable or too low quality?

I asked a question and it was answered. However, I figured out that the origin was completely different and the circumstances will be hard to figure out, so I answered my own question, describing the ...
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Victim of serial down voting? [closed]

Very unusual - within 4 minutes I got 3 down votes: Open file with emacs as administrator on windows Outlook refuses to send email with non-matching address in cert Using a firewall to ...
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Should question owners be able to down vote on answers?

I have had a few questions with not so good answers. Could it be possible that question askers can down vote (or up vote) on answers to their questions, without rep requirements? Also, about up ...
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Downvoting a Closed Thread?

This is more of a overall StackExchange question than anything else, but it springs to mind that users can downvote a question that has been closed. Why is this the case? If a thread was closed for ...
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Downvote on 'legitmate' answer

I'm curious, and would like to hear some opinion How should I see on the down-vote on this? It feels like the reader didn't like to hear what most certainly is the 'truth' about these devices. I ...
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Help me understand a comment and downvote that a user made on my answer

https://superuser.com/a/963738/99549 On a windows 10 question I gave the above answer, only known to work in earlier versions. I got an (seemingly authoritative?) downvote saying: "answer should be ...
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Limit time for downvotes

Can we put a limit on the downvote system please (I'm talking years)? The reason is the SU rules change in regards to what is on and off topic. So current queue (at time of writing) is filled with ...
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Notify on changes on a revised answer [duplicate]

I came upon this Q&A The least-voted answer, according to the comments, was downvoted because it's a "link-only answer". (Kind of inconsistent, are we? The highest-voted answer is also a "link-...
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Negative votes on newest questions

I just scrolled down the 50 newest questions. Probably MORE than half of those have a -1 and just even reading the titles I don't think there is reason. Is there a single person doing all these? Is ...
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Need insight on down-voted question

I recently posted this question on Java and Linux: Need latest Java in Linux environment. It was downvoted, which often doesn't mean much, but I took another look at it because I thought it was a ...
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Unintended consequence of cheap downvotes and possible solutions

In our pursuit of great answers, we seem to have forgotten that even good questions can start out a little rough, or even very rough. Downvotes are very common, and based on the comments following in ...
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Is there any moderation for users who cast counter-productive votes?

I just posted a carefully written and on-topic question. It took over 10 minutes of my time to phrase everything just right and make the question clear. Within 2 minutes, some other user hastily ...
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Penalty for unexplained down-votes [duplicate]

Often I come across perfectly valid questions which have been down-voted for no apparent reason, sometimes with no comments or answers at all. I don't think a down-vote should ever be made without ...
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Concept of “conditional” downvotes?

Down-voted questions seem to fall into two categories: fixable and unfixable. Some questions are just inappropriate, easily answerable with minimal search effort, or have other problems for which ...
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Should I flag an answer which *tries* to answer the question, but is useless for this *particular* question [duplicate]

Going through the late answer review queue, I came across this answer. While it should normally be helpful ('root' and 'toor' should be the default username and password from what I recall), in this ...
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Getting downvotes I don't understand

Could someone please tell me what's wrong with this question I asked?, it first got a downvote and no answers, shortly later I changed the question and still I got downvoted again. I'v asked alot of ...
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Effect of downvote on reputation

Should downvotes result into bigger reputation loss than -2 ? I believe that compared to +10 for an upvote, -2 is negligible and it would be fair to increase it. Also, since the community is ...
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What could be the reason for downvote on a question without any clarifications?

Two folders with weird names with huge size. What are those? What should I do with them? I just want to know the reason of downvote. I really do not feel that the question is technically wrong or ...
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minus on down-vote or flagging

I just saw a post, where there were one answer, the answer said something like: "I also need blahblah, can you share project I need please". I down-voted and flagged it as not an answer this seemed ...
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What can I do to discourage subjective downvoting on my question?

The question here (How can I make Windows Server 2012 R2 like Windows 8.1?) is being downvoted by several people because they don't think it is a good idea, although it is a clear question. What can I ...
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Question is getting downvotes and a close request

https://superuser.com/questions/655201/how-to-mobilize-all-links-with-http-www-google-com-gwt-xu Why is that happening? And what can I do to it to ask it again in a more acceptable way?
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Is there a way to show people why their -1 was wrong?

So my question comes from How to automatically hide files put in a specific folder? Bon Gart was very quick to downvote my answer (be sure to look at it post terdon's edit) Is there anyway, other than ...
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Why can't comments be downvoted?

Since comment upvotes don't yield any reputation, I'm just wondering why comments can be upvoted but not downvoted. I see a lot of comments with flat out wrong information or unhelpful responses, and ...
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Should we downvote answers to questions that should not be asked?

I often see questions, like this one that should be closed as they are very, very poor questions. And because I expect this one to be closed or deleted, here are the question and comments so far: ...
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How to defend new users from unconstructive downvoting

This may be somewhat duplicate, but I think the issue still stands on its own compared to others. I've noticed a depressing trend for new users, who often write poorly formed questions, having their ...
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Wouldn't everyone who has a post vote down the other posts?

I see how the answer method works here and on all Stack Exchange sites, but, can someone explain to me why those who have answers to a question can downvote other answers. Doesn't this seem a little ...
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Does my question and its answer (given by me) deserve downvotes

Today I asked a question https://superuser.com/questions/577205/refresh-needed-each-time-after-changing-default-desktop-location/577291 Later on I found the answer & I posted the answer it ...
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What to do if you cannot see how to improve your downvoted post?

I asked a question a week or so ago, but seems somehow the question was off topic. I researched services that could fit the requirements: Web based Access pages via either HTTP or HTTPS Will allow ...
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what is the purpose of down-voting a question?

I understand the reason for up-voting a question. It is a good question and the results are likely to help someone in the future. But what is the purpose of down-voting? If the question is bad, ...
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Change accidental vote

I accidentally down voted an answer (fat fingers on a small phone) and didn't notice until after it was locked. How can I undo my down vote?
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Answers related to font switching software are downvoted and deleted

I wanted to ask why my answer to my own question was downvoted and deleted here: https://superuser.com/a/409577/89415, it is about switching a font. (I guess now only an admin can see it) My other ...
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What happened with some users reputation today? [closed]

Today something weird happened to my account, I got 4 downvotes on questions in less than 2 minutes. I thought it had just happened to me, but, when requesting for moderator help on chat, I saw that ...
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Why aren't driveby downvoters themselves detected and penalised?

There are obvious cases of driveby downvoters. Why aren't the driveby downvoters penalised? It may even often be the same person as when it happens it's often three posts at a time that are downvoted....
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dealing with a drive-by downvote by flagging? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: political downvoting unrelated to a question? I thought i was once advised that if I saw i'd been hit with what looks very much like a drive-by downvoter, like a few downvotes ...
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Bug: Vote down after voting up

If I vote up a question or answer and later decide to vote it down (if I changed my mind or it was a mistake), it votes it down by 2 points. This means that after the upvote the votes are 1, after ...
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Why was the question about the difference between an Intel i7 and Xeon processor closed?

Are there noticeable differences in Intel i7 and Xeon 5400 chipset family? [closed] Initially, I may have phrased the question incorrectly but was essentially getting to the primary question of the ...
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Why was my question about “Intentions and security risks of AIM bots” closed?

I've recently made a question at SuperUser about the intentions and security risks of AIM bots and it was downvoted and closed as Not a real question. I've browsed the site guidelines and I'm not ...