I posted the question Is math truly objective? which has been heavily downvoted (a score of $-9$ at the time of posting).
I have requested the downvoters to comment on the rationale behind their decision but I have received no response. Hence, I have decided to ask my question here.
The only somewhat reasonable explanations for this community mass downvote that I can think of are that the question was "off-topic" or "opinion-based".
I disagree with the above $-$ I believe that the post has explicit references to mathematics and asks a concrete well-defined question that can be answered with facts. Furthermore, I speculate that this is the reason the question hasn't been closed yet. Nonetheless, I can kinda see why one may be inclined to downvote the question based on their perception of it being "off-topic" or "opinion-based".
What I fear, importantly, is that the actual reason for this community mass downvote is because of or a combination of the following reasons:
- The question was viewed by some as "stupid" or "trivial" $-$ I assume this because of the use of terms such as "Of course" in the comments.
- I made an incorrect statement in my question. I think a phrase that aggravated many could have been "well, it depends". Many may have viewed this as revealing fundamental ignorance and potentially an accusation on the incredible gift of mathematics itself.
- The bandwagon effect $-$ from personal observations, at the initial stages of posting the question, I got only few downvotes with a lot of views (I cannot precisely quantify this as I frankly don't remember the exact numbers). However, in the past few minutes, I have received a surge of downvotes with comparatively less views. I believe this may be a result of other people downvoting it validating the notion that this question is bad.
- My reputation isn't the highest ($85$ at the time of posting). This may further incentivise people to believe that I am dumb and a math beginner.
I believe that none of the above reasons, if true, are valid reasons to downvote. I have presented an explanation for why I believe this to be the case with the serial number indicating the response to the corresponding reason raised above.
- A "trivial" question to you may not be trivial to someone else. We are all learning. The greatest mathematicians on the planet are learning. We make mistakes. By responding to a trivial question with a downvote, you are telling me "You are wrong, and your ideas are terrible and pathetic". You are not telling me "You are wrong but don't worry, this is where you are wrong and here's how you can improve". I fear to say this, but I believe this reason brings out some of the toxic elements of the community.
- Okay, if I said something incorrect, I said something incorrect. But what is the purpose of a question $-$ it is to clarify, correct. If every question had to be correct than what is the purpose of asking a question?
- and 4. I don't think I need to explain why these are terrible reasons to downvote a question.
I ask then, if there is an objective reason for the mass downvote I have received, what is it?
Additional Comments: I think I have had the privilege of seeing the great elements of the site $-$ it is an absolutely wonderful place with some wonderful people willing to sacrifice their time into contributing to the free acceleration of the beauty of math. Given that I have seen these elements in play, I understand that these seemingly bad elements of the site are unrepresentative of the site itself. Hence, I view this entire mass downvote situation in the most positive way possible, with genuine curiosity and a willingness to learn. I am not offended in any way. And I will continue to use this site just as I did before. But I want to draw on a larger point that I know has already been expressed hundreds of times. Wouldn't a totally new user on this site experiencing the same treatment that I did, with no indication of why he/she received the downvotes be totally broken and may be driven out of mathematics itself? Isn't this exactly the goal the site is against? On an external note, I would also appreciate a note about why my answer has been downvoted as well.