I feel that many users abuse the downvote feature and downvote genuinely researched questions/answers without any reason. I have noticed this in many posts and it has personally happened to me a few times. For example, this answer that I wrote: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4881030/1292819

I believe that my solution answered the OP's question perfectly but it still attracted 2 downvotes. This is especially demotivating and discouraging for new users to this site.

I propose increasing the rep requirement for downvotes to maybe around 1k to prevent its abuse

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    $\begingroup$ Some people (validly, in my opinion) downvote answers to questions that do not meet this site standards, because those answers encourage poor questions. Your answer there is a perfect example. I think you lack the experience and perspective to properly judge what is an "abuse" of downvoting. $\endgroup$ Mar 16 at 17:40
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    $\begingroup$ Seconding the comment above, so you'll know it's not just one person's opinion. Additionally, your suggested solution probably wouldn't work, as it's mostly the people who have been around a long time (and have huge stonking rep scores) who down votes answers on clearly poorly done questions. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Mar 16 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I'd say the best way for you to deal with this is learn how to judge what is and isn't a good question for the site. It sucks that newly joining people aren't informed about this (this is a long standing issue that is surprisingly complicated), so you'll have to pick it up through observation. But you will need to be on-board with the fact that there are standards for questions that are enforced. If you're not willing to go along with that your going to spend a lot of time here being upset, and that not good for any of us. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Mar 16 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, and just FYI: in meta, upvotes/downvotes represent agreement/disagreement. $\endgroup$ Mar 16 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ My mistake @peterwhy thanks for the catch $\endgroup$
    – Mike
    Mar 17 at 0:16


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