I saw this post on MSE, which I thought was pretty funny. Then, I realized the ridiculous amount of downvotes it got within an hour. So, that made me think, what is the most downvoted question in history on MSE or math meta? I am aware of the duplicate question, but it doesn't show any good solutions to find any DELETED posts, and I would like to know what the most downvoted question was of all time, which includes the time before the question was deleted.


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    $\begingroup$ "I am aware of the duplicate question...." I'm not. Link? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 21:48
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    $\begingroup$ Ok I laughed at the question tho lol $\endgroup$
    – Babu
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 0:22
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    $\begingroup$ What is the most downvored question No offence ,but what good does it do by knowing that ?There are several ways to waste one's time $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 6:46
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    $\begingroup$ Go to data.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 7:32

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It depends on what you mean by most downvoted - whether you mean the lowest score or the most downvotes.

For the lowest score you can simply choose the votes tab and then go to the end of the list. However, you can also create a SEDE query for questions with the lowest score. Using SEDE has the advantage that the data contains also the deleted questions, so you can get a query including the deleted questions.

If you want the number of downvotes (rather than score - which also takes into account the number of upvotes), you can use the Votes table. For example, you can get a query like this. (The queries I have included here can be improved and modified in various ways. And, of course, you can run them on various sites - the links I provided use Mathematics Meta.)

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    $\begingroup$ lol the most downvoted here in meta isn't remotely surprising. The most negative question on the main site is certainly something though. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot for sharing these quarries, I think that I learned a lot about the MSE culture and people's opinions by reading the most donw-voted questions and the answers to them. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 10:06

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