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What did I do wrong in my question about Windows Update?

I asked the question Windows Update gives 0x80070643 error on fresh Windows 10 install. I provided the steps that led to the issue and the troubleshooting steps I tried to solve it. When people ...
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I was serial downvoted, please reverse them

Today I asked a question, it received two downvotes and was closed. Fine, I deleted it. But right after that, my five most recent posts were downvoted within one minute, for no reason at all. The ...
Ξένη Γήινος's user avatar
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retaliatory down votes

At various times, my questions have received answers not properly addressing the original question, but instead targeted at a different question. Often, the user posting the answer will decline ...
brainchild's user avatar
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I got my first downvote and I don't know why

I'm pretty new to superuser and recently posted my first question as I was having trouble booting in haiku. (Haiku panics at boot "vm_page_fault: unhandled page fault in kernel space") I ...
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Downvote for a working answer, only because it means too much effort compared to available answers?

Is there a kind of rule to post only those answers which offer a solution with a needed time investment that is in good proportion with already available answers? So that a working answer may get ...
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Why was question about Windows 7 install downvoted?

Downvotes are for questions from one of the following categories: zero research effort, unclear, not useful. I'm trying to install Windows 7 and explain the problems I encounter here. I explain ...
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Why is this question downvoted so much?

Why could be a likely reason that this question is being downvoted so much? I tried my best to improve the question (in the Update) but I am still not sure whether this helps. Is there a way to ...
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

I made a question about something I didn't know a lot about: Are dummy autoruns enough for virus prevention? I asked if something was possible and my question got downvoted for kingdom come. Isn't ...
Delta Oscar Uniform's user avatar
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Why not make it a level playing field? Downvotes of 125+ rep persons on 125- rep persons should not be recorded [closed]

So, downvotes of persons with <75 (or is it <125) reps are not recorded. May I know Why of this yet another discriminatory rule? Do less reps take away any fundamental rights of a person ...
VSRawat's user avatar
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What happens when we see "Votes cast by those with less than 125 reputation are recorded, but..."

When casting a down-vote with less than 125 rep you will get the message Votes cast by those with less than 125 reputation are recorded, but do not change the publicly displayed post score. I am ...
pjvleeuwen's user avatar
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Is downvoting a question constructive? [duplicate]

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 ...
Hashim Aziz's user avatar
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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 ...
Bryson Shier's user avatar
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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 ...
Run5k's user avatar
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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. ...
YetAnotherRandomUser's user avatar
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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 ...
Sami Kuhmonen's user avatar
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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 ...
Thomas Weller's user avatar
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2 answers
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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 ...
Addison Crump's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
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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 ...
masterxilo's user avatar
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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-...
pepoluan's user avatar
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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 ...
Tyson's user avatar
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2 votes
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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 ...
fixer1234's user avatar
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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 ...
music2myear's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
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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 ...
End Antisemitic Hate's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
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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 ...
AFH's user avatar
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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 ...
fixer1234's user avatar
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1 vote
1 answer
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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 ...
somethingSomething's user avatar
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1 answer
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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 ...
Art Gertner's user avatar
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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 ...
explorer's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
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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 ...
qrikko's user avatar
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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?
laggingreflex's user avatar
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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 ...
PsychoData's user avatar
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2 votes
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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: ...
Austin T French's user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
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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 ...
HelpingHand's user avatar
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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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