Not that I would ever do this, but I'm just wondering hypothetically...say you have a dislike for a particular subject, for example group theory. Is it against the rules to downvote a question regarding group theory simply because you dislike the topic?

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    $\begingroup$ Disliking a mathematical subject is an odd notion to me (not liking it is another matter). $\endgroup$ – Did Mar 26 '14 at 5:46
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe not "dislike for a subject". But downvoting because of the subject can be seen, for example a subject that should (in your opinion) be elsewhere and not in math.se . $\endgroup$ – GEdgar Mar 26 '14 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ @GEdgar The situation you mention is probably off-topic since the question seems to be concerned with mathematical subjects (as witnessed by the example in the question). $\endgroup$ – Did Apr 26 '14 at 7:37

It is certainly discouraged.

However, we don't have many hard rules when it comes to voting; mostly just not to serially vote (up or down) a specific user. I don't think I can quite say it's against the rules, because I don't think any of the moderators would take any action against someone for such behavior (and a rule isn't really a rule unless there is some penalty for breaking it).

That being said, downvoting in such a manner in combination with other mean-spirited behavior could easily lead to a suspension for being "Abusive to others", one of our standard reasons for issuing suspensions.


That would not be well-received on the main site, although something like it could be standard on Meta.

On Main, downvoting is interpreted as "this is a bad/poorly researched/unclear/unconstructive question." On Meta, downvoting a question could mean "I don't think this question should have been raised," "I disagree with the conclusion the author is suggesting," or a host of other reasons, most context-dependent.


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