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I have seen that sometimes answers which are not bad get downvoted because they answer low-quality posts. Is this activity supported? If yes then perhaps we should make it official by automatically closing and hiding answers to questions with negative scores. I personally am against it, although I am open to external opinions.

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    $\begingroup$ Related meta thread $\endgroup$ – Milo Brandt Mar 14 '15 at 3:13
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    $\begingroup$ Answers can be neither closed nor hidden; they can be deleted, either together with the question or separately. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Mar 14 '15 at 3:22
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    $\begingroup$ I'm a little confused, can you give an example to clarify? Here's the scenario your question suggested to me: someone asks "What is $1 + 1$?", then someone answers "$1 + 1 = 2$", which is correct but gets downvoted. Is that the sort of thing you're thinking about? $\endgroup$ – Robert Soupe Mar 14 '15 at 3:32
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    $\begingroup$ I've seen this happen on some obvious copy/paste no-effort homework questions. Is that what you're referring to? I don't downvote answers to those, but I wish this site would do more to avoid facilitating people who want their homework done for them while investing no effort at all. $\endgroup$ – Qudit Mar 14 '15 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ Unfortunately @Qudit, a small group of users is engaged in a massive campaign of answering anything and everything that gets asked on this website, regardless of quality and long-term usefulness. They are often characterized by a "complete lack of any interest in most anything but their own answers" (thanks quid for the wording). The website rewards their behavior with imaginary points and good feelings when they manage to solve a ninth grader's homework. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Mar 14 '15 at 7:39
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi I've noticed that too. I created a new question related to this discussion here: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/19917/… $\endgroup$ – Qudit Mar 14 '15 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi Will a representative of PETS (People for the Ethical Treatment of Strawmen) show up? Let's see... ;) $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Mar 16 '15 at 16:25

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