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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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He doesn't have enough reputation to downvote either questions or answers, so any downvotes are coming from another user. Please see here in the Help Center which explains that a user requires 125 reputation on the site to cast downvotes on either questions or answers. His comments will almost certainly result in him being banned (if that hasn't already ...


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While there may be a bit of truth to what you're saying, it seems like you are making a sweeping generalization that isn't necessarily true of everyone. This is a pretty large site, with a large community and lots of different viewpoints and philosophies. You seem to be making an uncited reference to one or more example questions where you found that it ...


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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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How can I access the information? SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) is a provision for querying meta information. If you want to create your own queries, there is basic help here: https://data.stackexchange.com/help. There is a huge existing base of queries people have contributed. There is some really cool and useful stuff there, worth checking out. ...


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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 ...


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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. My ...


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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 active community members. Essentially, their proactive nature helps them (along with our moderators) serve as the public face of the Super User community. I ...


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How is it possible to get the Vox Populi badge for casting 40 votes per day if I've reached the daily limit at 36? To be able to reach 40 votes, you need to have cast at least 10 votes on questions. So vote on 10 questions first. You only get 40 votes in a day if a sufficiently high ratio of your votes are on questions. If you vote on only answers, ...


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Here are the hard facts: Your question was posted at 16:35:45Z Your first upvote was received on 16:35:51Z That's quite fast indeed. I'm pretty sure the person who upvoted you didn't read the question in its entirety. But since moderators cannot see who voted for which post, we'll never know who that person was or what made them vote so fast. This ...


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Down vote requires 125 rep. Not sure how you concluded he down voted you. The user's a troll, just flag next time


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It seems like you are mixing up comments from other users asking or clarification with feedback in the form of up votes or down votes. Rarely can I ask a question or provide some kind of input without someone having a problem with it and it’s getting on my nerves. To me, they all seem like great questions and answers, so I figured you guys must just ...


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On the whole most people are wanting to help. I have done ok building rep, I think. It shouldn't happen quickly. This is a meritocracy and like all meritocracies there is a subjective part. Some people are here for ego and satisfy themselves by putting others down (I have already seen that). I don't back down from that. I try to stay positive and let ...


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The answers (after the accepted answer) are sorted by most recently "active". Either they were posted more recently or edited. You can adjust the sorting using the tabs above the top answer.


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Apparently you downvoted another answer, or had something else happened that made you lose 1 reputation. This "gap" is filled by a later upvote on your answer.


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See https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/127234/201411


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On the top right of the first listed answer, you'll find a button to sort the answers by either active, oldest, or votes. Yours is probably set to "active" or "oldest". Change it to "votes", and that will fix the problem.


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