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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Downvotes on their own are terrible mentoring. They lack context on their own for a new user, and much like puppies, some other input is needed. While comments are transient, in many cases pairing ...
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

Before I start, let's get something out of the way: So long as they have the appropriate privilege, a user can downvote a post for whatever reason.1 Though you haven't explicitly stated all of them, ...
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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

Cause people who have earned a privilege have shown some ability to understand how things work. People with lower rep have not yet. SE fundamentally runs as a meritocracy
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

To answer the implied question of "why?" when you say: And now I cant ask a serious question! You have what is known colloquially as "history". Specifically you have a history of ...
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Migration of votes

Do any downvotes also get migrated? No: As Jon has suggested1, a migrated question with a negative score will now be reset to 0. Source meta.se answer by Jarrod Dixon 1 This is the first time I'...
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Protect anonymity of 'no comment' down voters - while allowing other users to down vote them

Have the system automatically add a comment for every anonymous down vote that simply states, "down vote with no explanation - @anonymous" That would be extremely noisy. In the past 90 days, it ...
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Why was question about Windows 7 install downvoted?

This is just an example of why you may be getting downvotes, mainly to illustrate why "not useful", "unclear" and so on can depend on your perspective. While you may consider the question useful, ...
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Is downvoting a question constructive?

From a moderation perspective question downvotes do at least one thing: they feed in to the automated site question and answer ban systems and can, temporarily at least, limit the flow of ...
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I believe our current system for preventing downvoters is insufficient

Its worth remembering that the serial downvoting system, and for that matter votes themselves are black boxes even to mods. And the moment you hit more than one downvote, its not one person. Some ...
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The purpose of this community - down-voting and asking questions

Deleted question for the benefit of low rep users: Why is RAM so much faster? What is determining what data goes to RAM vs the Hard Drive. Such as, when working with a photoshop program, it uses a ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Executive summary: commenting to explain downvotes is a very good thing to do. Doing that consistently is far more important than shooting for any up/downvote ratio. Fortunately, we also have plenty ...
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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. A question can be downvoted for any reason, or for no reason. However, keep in mind that if downvoting costs you rep, then it also ...
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Why was my post about Windows 3.1 icons found in Windows 7 placed on hold?

Because you asked "why". Why can only be answered by the people who made the decision being questioned. Why is not an appropriate question, most of the time, in a tech-support Q-and-A context. ...
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I believe our current system for preventing downvoters is insufficient

Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've been the victim of serial downvoting three times, and guess what - each time, my rep came back. If there is a single person that is targeting you, ...
Canadian Luke's user avatar
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

This is a personal reflection. I recognize that a substantial part of SU's strength is that we are not all the same. But this is what I think when I see down votes in certain contexts: My first beef ...
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Why has this question been downvoted?

Someone felt it lacked research. A few folks apparently get annoyed by quick self answers (which I would add, is silly! Its an excellent way to document odd things). A few folks go "Why is he ...
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Protect anonymity of 'no comment' down voters - while allowing other users to down vote them

I am concerned primarily about this part: Question down voters can still remain anonymous and safe from retaliation voting if they want to... but their reputation can now be made to suffer, just as ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Before drawing any conclusions, I thought it was best to compile some data pertaining to Super User voting trends. I decided that one good method would be to examine the tendencies of our most ...
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What happens when we see "Votes cast by those with less than 125 reputation are recorded, but..."

Turns out I cannot close my own question as duplicate, because the other question I found is not on this site but on meta.stackexchange.com. Keeping the question to allow others to find this answer ...
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What happens when we see "Votes cast by those with less than 125 reputation are recorded, but..."

Yes, no and there's no visibility of it. There's super limited cases where mods can see who voted on a post anyway. So if you want it up voted, you can upvote it again I'm told the results of new ...
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Is SuperUser Not the Right Place for Visio Questions?

Visio questions are on topic here. Microsoft Visio is desktop software and not a programming tool, so it fits here (as opposed to Stack Overflow or Web Apps). Excerpted from the help center, emphasis ...
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The purpose of this community - down-voting and asking questions

@Jody / user862589: In the unlikely event that you’re still monitoring this thread: Searching Super User’s knowledgebase would be an example of doing research.  When you post a question, you force ...
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I got my first downvote and I don't know why

I got my first downvote and I don't know why That's regrettably typical on Stack Exchange. Downvoters can downvote for any reason, without any repercussion and without having to explain themselves. ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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I was serial downvoted, please reverse them

From what I can tell, it was reversed on its own. Failing which, moderators can't check up on individual votes - had it not been reversed, we'd have escalated it to the community team to handle.
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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 ...
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Downvote for a working answer, only because it means too much effort compared to available answers?

Here is the current revision of your answer: If you also need to change the username in its directory, you may not just change it since the registry has many links to the username (though I doubt ...
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