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I face two sources of frustration on SE.

The one are the anonymous, unexplained downvotes. They aren't fun, and from experience, commenting to ask for an explanation just adds to the frustration, as you never get a reply.

The other are the accepted answers that you are convinced are wrong, though they keep getting votes. Claiming that they are wrong also has no effect as your post goes unnoticed or is not believed, an accepted answer often masking others.

[I am not claiming that I am always right to think an answer wrong - I may err too with significant probability. I am just saying that this is an uncomfortable situation.]

Have you found a way to cope with that ? (I am not looking for a way to counteract these situations, rather to accept misfortune :)

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it should be moves to StackExchange meta $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Apr 24 '15 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ Why don't you just delete and repost? This is essentially what migration does. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Apr 24 '15 at 12:43
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry - I tried to comment, got an error, so posted the "answer" below $\endgroup$ – ip6 Apr 24 '15 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ I am doing that. But what is "migration" ? $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Apr 24 '15 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ I sometimes buy a bag of Skittles and eat one for each of those. Seems to work for me. $\endgroup$ – Pedro Tamaroff Apr 24 '15 at 17:39
  • $\begingroup$ It is all about learning to accept the opinion of others. $\endgroup$ – Mister Benjamin Dover Apr 24 '15 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ Anyone who can't stand inexplicable antagonism and the fact that someone on the internet is wrong is probably not ready for life on the internet. $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Apr 25 '15 at 0:36
  • $\begingroup$ @2mkgz: I wish I could, SE's policy doesn't allow it. $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Apr 25 '15 at 7:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Herrmann: frustration exactly comes from that: people not sharing their opinion. $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Apr 25 '15 at 7:09
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Advice: Ignore downvotes. Don't let others determine your mood.

Don't ask "why the downvote?"

Dont come to Meta and complain about downvotes.

Instead, concentrate on the math!

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    $\begingroup$ Corollary (to the "ignore" advice). Do no use terms like "idiot" or "coward" for those who downvote without explanation. $\endgroup$ – GEdgar Apr 25 '15 at 15:04
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I agree with you - I'm just starting out so I can't comment in meta. I just had a blanket down-vote of everything I'd posted up to now (member for 11 days). No comments and no explanation.

I believe there is a chance I may get the down-votes reversed by an automated procedure that runs overnight.

It's not very friendly - I have no idea what I've done to offend or how to correct my behaviour for the future.

Any suggestions gratefully received \ldots

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    $\begingroup$ I also can't understand why you got 7 downvotes in a short span of time. I don't see anything wrong with your answers. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Apr 24 '15 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ There's a non-zero chance that these downvotes will be automatically invalidated at about 03:00UTC. If this doesn't happen, flag one of your posts for moderator attention and we'll see what we can do. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Apr 24 '15 at 13:28
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    $\begingroup$ I think these days, a huge part of downvotes come down to (1) revenge, and (2) downvotes as part of a larger initiative that's been going on for a while in which posts that don't satisfy the quality criteria of an in-crowd are encouraged to be discouraged by downvoting (per a link on the profile of the high priest of that religion at MSE, ideally with no comment). As revenge downvotes on answers are less likely, and you haven't down a thing to warrant it, it's probably a new acolyte of (2)'s religion trying to get their daily 40 downvotes. SO is even worse. $\endgroup$ – gnometorule Apr 25 '15 at 3:19
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    $\begingroup$ To be more clear: if I'm right, then those votes weren't on your posts, but on a question deemed unworthy and all who dare answering it. $\endgroup$ – gnometorule Apr 25 '15 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ @gnometorule: How does this initiative you describe lead to one user having 5 or more posts downvoted in 1 minute, if it wasn't this user's posts being targeted? It doesn't seem plausible to me. $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Apr 25 '15 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ @gnometorule "revenge downvotes on answers are less likely": not really. I guess you think it's because of the rep cost associated to downvoting answers? I've been the target of serial downvoting several times in the past, these idiots don't stop at something like that. Besides, ip6 has only posted answers on the main site so far. I also agree with what Jonas Meyer said (and as usual, I'd be happy if people became less dramatic on meta: "religion"? "high priest"? Seriously... At least downvotes weren't compared to murder this time.) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Apr 25 '15 at 6:40
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    $\begingroup$ @najib: A (secular) religion is acting according to a set of rules that are just as firm as the Ten Commandments for a Christian religious person, say. Adhering to these rules also defines typically some form of mission (clearly the case here). For those disagreeing, it's also about as reasonable, and comes from the same root: the sorry need to belong (hello chat room). You are obviously free to disagree, and declare this nonsense; I didn't expect my old comment to win a popularity contest. I missed the 1 minute timespan, so I agree that it's less likely here. $\endgroup$ – gnometorule Apr 25 '15 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ @gnometorule Would you mind pointing me to these rules and commandments? Or just tell me what they are? ("less likely"... What an understatement. It's okay to simply admit you were wrong. You tried to shoehorn your point in a completely unrelated situation without taking the time to check if anything matched, it failed. You might want to check the meaning of the word "secular", BTW.) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Apr 25 '15 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Najib: As to a list, it's plainly linked in the likely profile. As stated there, it's not complete. $\endgroup$ – gnometorule Apr 25 '15 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Najib: As to secular religion, here's a start. You are free to disagree, obviously, or claim that the situation doesn't match the definition linked. It wouldn't be hard to offer speculation on how this could still be related to what I claim, but it would be speculation only. As I don't "take things to chat," and don't want to deal with this obvious anger, I'll stop here. $\endgroup$ – gnometorule Apr 25 '15 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ @gnometorule It looks more like a list of types of questions that deserve to be downvoted than religious commandments, but I might be mistaken. I don't see anything about downvoting answers, which is what we're talking about. I'm curious in fact, do you disagree with downvoting in the cases listed? (And now I'm very confused, because I'm not angry and I don't think I appear to be either -- were you talking about me? You're an anonymous stranger, I don't care enough to be angry about this discussion...) (And after murder, now deletion is communism. Meta is wonderful.) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Apr 25 '15 at 16:41

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