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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 ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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I think if an answer helps solve a problem in a way that might be useful to future visitors, is worded clearly and is easy to understand, then it's a good answer. If a question sucks, it's not the answer's problem. But those who answer such questions must be aware that their answers might be deleted along with the question. Sometimes it's a shame to lose a ...


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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 ...


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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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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, ...


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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 information those ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Unless I've misunderstood what you're saying, this is normal. What is happening is: The post starts on 0. You upvote it (0 → 1). You then remove your upvote (1 → 0) and downvote (0 → -1) in one action by swapping your upvote for a downvote. Final score is no upvotes and one downvote, so a total of -1. If you just want to remove a vote, then you can just ...


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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've managed to legitimately sneak in a reference to Jon Skeet in an answer :)


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There's a system in place to detect serial down voting. I'm not positive, but I would suspect it would detect this behavior as well. It costs 1 rep to downvote an answer. If you're constantly downvoting other answers, I would actually suspect you to lose reputation overall versus leaving other answers alone. Mostly because: Downvoting someone else's answer ...


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Questions like this are: IN FAVOR of not closing it: Specific Answerable Topical Shows some cursory research, or at least tells me what they've tried (in this case, very little) Shows specific command lines and the results of the command lines BEGGING me to downvote it: Shows little or no research about the command line options of the command being used (...


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What you call an "obvious" case isn't that obvious. While it might be the same user, three downvoted questions in succession isn't much. Think about the following scenario: You see a bad answer. You downvote it and check the user's profile just to find another bunch of bad answers. You then downvote these as well. Maybe four or more. Was that a "driveby ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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It doesn't seem to be on topic The question exists on SO, a site we have very little content overlap with. While you acknowledge its existence on SO, you don't explain why you're asking on SU. Which leads to… It is unclear what you want The SO question is from the POV of the web site owner. Yours doesn't seem to be, but you're still calling it "cross-post",...


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What does "mobilize" even mean? It is unclear what you're trying to achieve. Why post another question on Super User if the same thing was asked on Stack Overflow already? Your question shows no research effort.


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Wrong can be subjective, so not really. You can edit your post to address/correct the issue if there are comments saying why it might be wrong. Or can leave a comment as a heads up. These are pretty much your only two options. Either you can convince them, or you can't.


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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).


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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First of all, yes, the system allows you to downvote any post, regardless of whether you're involved answering the same question. But no, this is not a problem. If somebody was really going on a downvote spree we'd be able to detect that. And here's a very important point: If you're experienced enough in a topic to be able to sufficiently answer a question, ...


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there were one answer [...] I down-voted You get -1 rep for downvoting an answer.


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