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 because one user posts a comment, whether or not they have a lot of rep, doesn't mean they're right, authoritative, or representative of the views of the site ...
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 "Super Downvote", we wouldn't want to make it even more confusing.
Instead - we should stick to just having 'downvote', with one of the additional features you ...
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 them with downvotes (or adding downvotes after a comment) may be efficient. I try to use positive reinforcement here and often comment rather than downvote, ...
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, I am going to address a few of what I presume are your concerns:2
What is Super User supposed to be about?
I asked if something was possible and my ...
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, it had accrued two downvotes
– as far as I can tell, simply because it was too short (lacked explanation).
I proceed to expand on the answer, so it’s now over ...
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 asking bad or off-topic questions.
You have asked, in total, 10 questions on this site. 5 of those questions were closed, deleted and/or downvoted. For your ...
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 in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
I tried to post what I thought about your answer (sorry if it was grammatically incorrect; I'm not a native English speaker) and I ...
I think the downvoting comes from the fact that the core problem of the question appears to be a financial problem, not a technical one, and nobody here is interested in solving other people's financial problems. People see it as "He's being cheap, and that's why he has this problem" and think "He should just stop being cheap".
If you want to avoid that, ...
Do any downvotes also get migrated?
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've managed to legitimately sneak in a reference to Jon Skeet in an answer :)
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 gathered over the years here, I can honestly just tell you to shrug it off.
And I know that this can be hard. I've received (seemingly random) downvotes on old ...
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 downvote and the original poster.
Not something you should worry or care about, unless you get a lot of them. Even great answers with hundreds of upvotes might ...
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 or not.
The original question would have been better if it was asked to HP the maker of the product itself, what is to stop the same software/firmware from ...
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 would've generated at least 948 comments, comments that explain nothing, take up valuable space for every reader, and perpetually rub in the face of the author ...
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 problem "why does my switch report different model numbers, and incorrect information, in different parts of the UI?".
Your answer would answer the latter, not what ...
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 be properly answered, but those are rarely good questions (in the sense that they apply to a wide audience).
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 lot of RAM allowing the program to operate much faster. Secondly, RAM means Random Access Memory - therefore data must be input, stored, processed, then output. ...
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 users - suprisingly enough, actually do attract deserved downvotes.
If your answers are oneliners or posted to off topic posts, well, they attract downvotes. If ...
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 qualitatively bad questions from a user.
Sure there is nothing stopping the user from creating a new account and starting again, but it provides a clear signal that we ...
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, many other would consider the topic of installing an unsupported and effectively end-of-life operating system on hardware that has explicitly dropped support for ...
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 higher-quality answers from experienced users" is problematic: what do you mean by higher-quality?
Answer-writing ability consists of:
How well the user ...
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 question if it is closed as well. And you can down-vote an open question and accepted answer as well. Votes are opinions and nothing more. Closed questions don’...
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 more upvotes going around than downvotes.
There's been some confusion regarding the statistics used in the question and its answers, so I'll take a moment to ...
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 downvotes for a user who's close to 200K rep seems excessive.
As to the why?
Let's talk about "perception". I'd note the following is entirely in a personal capacity ...
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 is questions which are not spam with downvotes and no comments. Especially on questions from new users and low score users, this just raises my hackles.
Yes there is, and it's documented in the Help Centre.
When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your
posts within a short period of time, the system considers these votes
to be invalid and removes them.
Such votes will generally be invalidated as part of an automated
process that runs ...
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 this. See this hat:
cast 5 downvotes on posts that are later deleted or closed
It seems people are downvoting marginal but valid questions in an ...
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.
While we can guess as to the reasons (and there were comments enough on your post doing precisely this) these legacy icons remain, we cannot actually state with ...
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 complaining over a single downvote" and decide to give him another one to complain about. Tim Post lost his keys. Solar Flares, Rick Flairs, Human sacrifice, dogs and ...