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I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penaltyremoval of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

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I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

3 Migration of MSO links to MSE links
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I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penaltyremoval of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

I think such behavior has been relatively incentivized with the removal of a reputation penalty for downvoting questions.

Anecdotally, I have noticed what appears to be a general trend toward increased downvoting of questions on this site and others in the SE network since that change was made. Indeed, this was more or less the intent of making the change. (It is actually more noticeable to me on stats.SE, but this may be because the question volume is lower and people vote less often over there so downvotes appear to stand out more.)

Someone enterprising enough could probably try to statistically test for such an effect (which I would guess would be pretty obvious) using the monthly data dumps.

At any rate, I agree that, in general, somewhat gentler treatment of new users would be nice and beneficial for the long-term health of the site. Without (good) questions, we have no site. So, we should seek to help new users improve their questions before initiating a lot of negative feedback.

That said, downvoting certainly has its place and is still a useful feature.

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