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Questions tagged [down-votes]

Downvotes are the community's way of telling peers that their content can be improved. Downvotes on meta may have different meanings.

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Are downvotes considered offensive?

I am asking this question because more and more frequently, I feel that people treat and experience downvotes as offensive. To give one example, I just stumbled across this question: Why is true that ...
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Is there a way to retract a mistaken vote? [duplicate]

I upvoted an answer too hastily. When I realized that the answer was wrong, I tried to cancel my upvote with a downvote. However, that simply replaced my upvote with a downvote (at a cost to the ...
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Premature close and down votes - how can we stop this? (+ my suggestion)

While I haven't been a part of MSE for too long, in my time I have been fairly active and seen a wide variety of questions. Obviously, the most common of these question have been homework-style ...
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Why is the reason for the down and close vote for this question?

Closed and reopened I'm member of this site for almost 3 years, and I cannot understand why this question takes one down vote and 4 close votes. Can someone who can understand the reason for this ...
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Is there some way to trace the downvoter?

I want to know if there is any way to trace the down voter? Today, I got serial downvotes on 3 of my previous questions. I suspect that the person who down voted them did so out of contempt, so I ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

I answered the following question and saw the asker was downvoted: What are the elements of $\mathbb Z/3[x]$? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxc8uQJV7Kg in this video he shows the division ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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Why can't everyone see down votes? [duplicate]

I recently discovered that I now have the power to see how many up and down votes a given question or answer has, rather than just the sum. I find it strange that this information is not available to ...
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How to explain this string of downvotes?

This is the first time I met such phenomenon. At the same time two old questions Is there a $2 \times 2$ real matrix $A$ such that $A^2=-4I$? https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2429346/...
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Cancelling an Upvote (Downvote)

I just voted mistakenly up-voted an answer, then tried to cancel it by clicking on the down arrow. Of course, that changed my a down vote, which wasn't I wanted even less. So I changed it back to an ...
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Negative points [closed]

This piss me off! I answer a question and I got 2 up votes. First I got 4 points for 1st up vote and then I g0t even -2 points for second up vote. And moderator is ignoring me. I flag the answer ...
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Is there any obvious reason why my very old answer was downvoted?

I have an answer here from 4.5 years ago that just got downvoted. Not a work of genius I admit, but workmanlike I'd say. I didn't directly answer the questioner but rather, in the spirit of the site ...
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Request in chat to downvote a specific answer

Suppose I see an answer which I find highly inappropriate and misleading (disclaimer: this is not only hypothetical, I have a particular concrete situation in mind). Is it unethical to post this ...
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Specific Downvoting

DISCLAIMER: I understand that the consensus of the community about downvoting is that each one has its own personal reasons to downvote, and should not have to justify that. That said, I recently ...
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What makes this question a bad one?

I recently posted this question: Has this function been described/discussed? It received two downvotes, and no explanation on why it isn't a good question. It received one answer, which got one ...
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Who can accept answers and what about downvotes on deleted content?

Can someone other than the OP accept an answer to the question? Can the OP find out who accepted the answer? If the answer to 1, is yes, and the OP disagrees, does the OP have any recourse? If I ...
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When someone gives you -2 points

How to find the reason for someone giving you a -2 for a previously answered question that had been given 10 points?
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Are my serial downvotes inappropriate?

I recently read an answer regarding L'Hospital rule and I don't even understand a line what this answer is talking about. There are several others of such answers (which have been deleted now): https:...
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Why has this question so many downvotes?

I just found a question Example of map from commutative ring to another commutative that preserves multiplicative identity and addition but NOT multiplication. that has 4 downvotes and is closed as ...
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What should I do about answers/questions in other languages?

I stumped upon this answer not in English by a new user. Using Google translates, it seems the user is answering some irrelevant stuffs, so I think it would be safe to down vote. But what should I do ...
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What can be used for checking on posts you downvoted/closed?

I have seen discussions where some users explicitly mentioned that they tend to go back to questions and answers they downvoted (or voted to close) and if they were sufficiently improved, they retract ...
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My Mathstack reputation decreased without any reason.

My Mathstack reputation decreased without any reason. Can anyone explain this action? A reason of this would be very much appreciable!!! before after reputation page
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Downvotes on answers to 'poor' questions

I posted an answer to this question. My answer received a downvote, and when I asked them to justify it, another user commented that they guessed it was "based on belief that no one should waste their ...
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If my answer has been down voted several times, would I be debarred from posting answers further?

If I get several of my answers down voted, will I be allowed to post answers further? Will I be blocked from the community? Please mention if the rule is applicable for all stack exchange sites?
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Is it possible to see the reason for down-votes?

I'm relatively new on Math Stack Exchange, so if this question is already answered, please direct me to it. During the few days that I have been on Stack Exchange, I saw some perfectly good questions ...
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Are basic questions welcome here?

I asked a question yesterday about something that turned out to be an error in my understanding of the Quadratic Formula and radicals. I am taking Algebra I, far inferior to the majority of users on ...
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Is it possible that a user has positive reputation with only negatively scored posts?

This user has accepted no answers, answered no questions, received no bounties, and received no association bonus. They also seem (as far as I can tell) to have only edited their own questions. If any ...
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How can I find out why my reputation score decreased?

On a few occasions I find that my reputation score has decreased by a few points, presumably because an answer I once gave was down-voted. It would be nice to know which answer was down-voted so that ...
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down-votes and protecting of honest users

Firstly, I am glad to meet MSE. I'm learning rules of MSE. I try to prove the questions clearly, aesthetically and correctly as possible as. Sometimes I'm sharing my problems with users. I like to ...
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Why reputation is returned to a person from deleting a bad question?

I've noticed that if I post a question, and it gets an up vote(+5 rep), and I accidentally delete it, the reputation is deducted from the account. BUT, if it has negative votes(-2 rep), and I delete ...
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Upvoting a question because it has too many downvotes

Sometimes questions which aren't appropriately formed according to the site guidelines get a lot of down votes. I would not normally up vote these questions - but I don't feel they are necessarily ...
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Downvote an answer [duplicate]

I noted that if I downvote an answer I lose one point. However I don't understand the reason of this. If I downvote an answer which is wrong, I help the other reader to understand which answers are ...
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Does a good answer to a “bad” question deserve downvotes?

The question was of the "do my homework" type, showing no effort to solve it; but it was clear enough and had a definite solution. A good answer attracted several downvotes, presumably to punish the ...
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How do I go about determining if downvotes are serial?

Forgive me - I am sure this is addressed elsewhere on this meta site, but I am not not familiar enough with Meta.MSE to know. I noticed that four of my questions were downvoted in a very short time ...
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Deduction in rep for downvoting

If I downvote someone's answer with detail in the comment as to why, then why is my reputation deducted ( by -1). I am helping the community. Reputation is hard to earn, and if it's deducted every ...
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A user has downvoted me many times [closed]

A user continues to downvote my answers (for example, from 9 month ago). I already reported a few days ago, though. This data include even the question of 9 month ago. $20170123$
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Extra reputation?

Why have I got +16 reputation on this question when clearly it only has received 2 up votes. Why does it make sense to describe complex numbers through powers of $e$? Not that I'm complaining.
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Getting reputation back after deleting answer

Today it happened to me 2 times, I posted answer to questions and I got 3 (and 1 on another answer) downvotes on my answer. After that I deleted my answers. Then after some time when I check my ...
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Down voting and close voting for missing context

Today, I asked a question and it will probably be closed for missing context.I'm a freshmen year Physics & Mathematics student, and for me this question has enough context, which is not true based ...
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How to deal with “discomforting” downvotes?

I have noticed that recently the downvoting spree on MSE has increased by a lot. It often occurs (also here and here) to me that, driven by my will to help people, I provide a solid proof/hint and ...
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Should the complexity of an answer be a reason for downvotes (if it is correct)? What should I do?

In light of an argument here over an answer being downvoted (apparently multiple times) because it was 'complicated' to whoever downvoted, which I found to be the wrong reason to downvote, if there ...
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To edit or delete an answer you wish to re-answer after a downvote?

I am asking this as I recently answered a question badly, and on going back to redo it from scratch it had got a deserved downvote. I have two questions: 1) I first deleted my post as my new answer ...
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Should computational questions that can be easily solved with a calculator be downvoted?

Many questions are purely computational and can easily be solved with a calculator. The downvote tooltip says: This question does not show any research effort; it is not clear or useful Questions ...
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I have no idea why it has been downvoted

I have no idea why this question here https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1850601/where-is-fx-x-frac1x-decreasing-solved has been downvoted in spite of many people answering it and I gave ...
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How to ask and answer questions without getting downvoted [duplicate]

All the questions and answers I've posted in the past have gotten down voted, including the one on this account. I have read the guides on how to use the site, but nothing I have tried has ever worked....
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

I vote a lot. This includes quite a few downvotes. I do not comment with my downvotes anymore, because most of the time when I do comment I am met with attacks. I have been called names, received ...
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What's a socially acceptable way to obtain the “Peer Pressure” badge?

The "Peer Pressure" badge has the requirement of "Delete own post with score of -3 or lower". There has already been a post here talking about removing it. However, what if a person actually wanted ...
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My post was never marked closed, but the reputation page said it was removed; what happened?

Earlier this month, I asked this question regarding the interchange between the summation and derivative in my given example. When I went to the reputation tab, I saw this: I went to the question ...
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Targeted, wrongful downvoting [duplicate]

First off, sorry if this post is on the wrong part of stack exchange. I believe that this would be appropriate either here, or the meta part of the main site itself. I have also contacted the help ...
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Downvotes on a specific question - understanding the rationale behind them

I have a question concerning this question of mine: How to prove $f(x)=\ln x$ continuous by proving first that $f(x)$ continuous at $1$, and then by using $\ln(xy)=\ln(x)+\ln(y)$. The question is ...