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Help me understand a comment and downvote that a user made on my answer

A few observations: The user who posted that comment may or may not be the person who dropped a downvote. That user has 1636 reputation, which isn't a whole lot, and is relatively easy to get. Just ...
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Concept of "conditional" downvotes?

I like the concept that you're raising, but not the implementation. I feel its a bit counterintuitive to have two types of downvotes - we've already had instances of people using Close votes as a "...
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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 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?

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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Concept of "conditional" downvotes?

Everything you said about questions applies equally to answers.  A few days ago I posted a one-line answer (to this question) because I was in a hurry.  By the time I got back to it, 15 hours later, ...
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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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Help me understand a comment and downvote that a user made on my answer

I'll answer your question mate, it is simply: I read the tag which was windows-10. I read the question. I read all of the answers. I saw your answer and noticed you were giving a method that worked ...
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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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Is there any moderation for users who cast counter-productive votes?

First off, one job moderators have to do over and over is explaining people that they shouldn't care about the occasional downvote. Because it really does not matter. From all the experience I've ...
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Downvote on 'legitmate' answer

Downvotes express opinion. Downvotes are: Anonymous. Not even moderators can find out who made the downvote. Not beholden to any explanation or further interaction between the person who dropped the ...
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Is my answer so improbable or too low quality?

While the whole story and your own solutions to the whole of the problem is (now) answered, the original question had left out the whole of the problem and concentrated on if your product is a clone ...
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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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Is my answer so improbable or too low quality?

I think the cause of this is that you asked a question about a presumed solution, instead of the actual problem. You asked "how to tell if it's cloned?", instead of concentrating on the actual ...
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Need insight on down-voted question

Your post is simply too long and actually covers multiple questions. A good question should be short and to the point. I understand that some questions are complex and require a lot of background to ...
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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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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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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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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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Effect of downvote on reputation

Your idea is based on a false premise. The key is that the metric of reputation conflates, by design, answer-writing ability and technical knowledge. By extension, your statement that "we can expect ...
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Downvoting a Closed Thread?

Why is it that a closed thread can continue to be downvoted even if it's legitimate, just needing tweaking by the question asker? I’m not 100 sure of the official reason, but you can also up-vote 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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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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Automatic downvote spree detection

Yes there is, and it's documented in the Help Centre. https://superuser.com/help/serial-voting-reversed When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period ...
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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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Victim of serial down voting?

The mod tools aren't much help here, and 3 votes isn't really something that's more than a statistical blip here. There's nothing manual or automated to do here, and calling in a CM over three ...
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Negative votes on newest questions

After reviewing some of these questions, I've noticed that while many of these questions are unclear or off-topic, some of the downvotes are indeed without merit. I think Winter Bash is to blame for ...
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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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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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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, ...
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