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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

I have seen many times that somebody voted to close short questions (and probably downvoted the questions as well), even though the OP made clear that there had been good attempts. This thread is the ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for possible downvote sources on Mathematics Meta?

I recently received a downvote for an answer I gave, but I am unsure of the cause. I would like to ask for a possible explanation of the downvote on Mathematics Meta SE, but I am unsure of the policy ...
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Why are people downvoting my question?

My question Coming up with a rigorous definition for a Riemman-like sum which is easier to compute? has been downvoted twice. Is it because: a) My question is too similar to this question? b) I ask ...
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Downvote even contributing with more information to an old question

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Help with understanding an example from the book 'Fooled by Randomness' Dear all, I just spent a few hours today after reading ...
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Why people vote negative when you clearly show the question and your working

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Van Dyke's matching principles
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Advance knowledge of community deletions?

My answer to a question from 2016, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1792625/is-the-sine-of-a-transcendental-angle-transcendental-or-algebraic was downvoted a couple of hours ago, and then a ...
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Question about a simultaneous “massive” downvote [duplicate]

17 simultaneous downvote (only on Question posted, I think): May I ask if there is some "systematic" reason ? Thanks
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Computational Math vs Computing

I am new to the Mathematics SE forum. I recently asked my first question. I received comments that it was a question about computing rather than maths. Today, I started receiving downvotes, which I ...
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Is it okay that I never downvote questions/answers?

My understanding is that you lose $2$ reputation when you do so. I would like my reputation to be as high as possible, so I don't want to voluntarily give up points. I do my best to assist in low-...
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Reason for Downvotes

I have an answer here: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/3477238/633100. It just got an unexpected downvote but no one ever left a comment on why the downvote was casted, a comment was there but was ...
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Did I make a mistake in my edit? (specific question)

I recently posted this question. It was closed shortly after posting for being opinion based. I tried to edit the question to make it clear exactly what I was asking, and the question was downvoted ...
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What was wrong with my answer to “what does $0 \ne 1$ mean”?

A while back, I came across this question. At the time, the question read: What is $0 \neq 1$ in the context of Algebraic Axioms? In this wiki link, the author included $0 \neq 1$ as the axiom ...
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Trouble conveying question

In one of my recent questions, Embedding manifolds in a $3$-torus. Fact or fiction?, a commenter said that what I wrote "makes little sense." I am having trouble putting myself in the commenter's ...
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Is this knee-jerk downvoting of anything related to $1+2+3+… = -1/12$, or does this question actually need improvement?

This question of mine is currently sitting at a score of -2, but no one left any comments on how it can be improved. I wonder if some others could weigh in with any suggestions for how the question ...
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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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Isn't rewarding question askers taking away from downvotes?

Recently there was a change made that gives question askers ten points for each up-vote. Doesn't this reduce the impact of down votes? A person can get 5 upvotes and 4 downvotes - with a reputation ...
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Progressive deduction in rep for downvoting

I asked a question why should I lose rep points when I downvote what I consider a wrong (or otherwise inadequate) answer. My question was donwvoted with the usual answer, ooh no, how would we stop ...
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Is it ok to try to identify downvoters?

I've noted the same user on several occasions asking in comments (rather rudely) about who downvoted his answer. Is this acceptable behaviour? Just an example: @xxxxx: Are you the downvoter? and ...
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2 answers — different reactions.

The following question: Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2018 Question has received two answers. One, by @HagenvonEitzen, got 4 upvotes (I have upvoted it myself) and 1 downvote; and the other one (by ...
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Question regarding the standards of the site. Need help. Someone mass downvoting my posts.

(I'm trying to avoid this as hard as I could in past, but someone finally make me do it.) (Someone forced me to create another account with different email id because they make me disable to post ...
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Is it possible to downvote a deleted post?

I happen to notice that someone seemed to be able to downvote a deleted post. How could this be possible? Or is it a system bug?
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I suggest a selectable “reason” for a down/up-vote, and an option for further comment

It was suggested that requiring a category for a down-vote would create an asymmetry between up- and down-votes, so I am amending my suggestion to include up-votes along with down-votes. This may be ...
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Why does the down-vote popup say: “This question doesn't show any research effort; it is unclear,or not useful.”?

I've notices that when the pointer hovers over the down-vote button there is a popup that says: "This question doesn't show any research effort; it is unclear,or not useful." Is that what down-voting ...
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Why did my answer get downvoted?

I recently took out the time to provide a very comprehensive solution to a calculus problem, but surprisingly ended up losing reputation because of it. Could I get some feedback regarding what makes ...
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How can I avoid immediate down-voting and how should I go about requesting feedback?

I just posted a question. I took my time to write it. I thought it was a good question. Less than an hour later, and the question has been downvoted 4 times. I thought "okay, I clearly said something ...
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how to know why one's question was downvoted?

This is a repeated question which pops up. How is one suppose to know why was a question downvoted so they can improve it? Recently two of my questions were downvoted. Here is the image. And the ...
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downvoting because of duplication?

This question has five downvotes, and was closed as a duplicate of a question with 25 up-votes. Should one down-vote a question merely because of duplication? There's no mention of anything wrong ...
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What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta?

What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta? Does it mean "We should not discuss this," or "Good question, the answer is 'no'"?
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What to do with answers to low quality questions? [duplicate]

Would it be ethical (or acceptable) to dislike an answer to a low quality question for encouraging poor quality question, or would it be better to comment under the answer? What about flagging it for ...
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How to undo my own wrong down vote [duplicate]

I saw an answer to a question and thought there was an error in it. I wrote a comment and downvoted it. Then the original poster responded to my comment and it turns out I was mistaken and the answer ...
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Do I lose reputation if I answer a downvoted question?

Do I lose reputation if I am answering a downvoted question?
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New user. Reason for downvotes on question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Prove the following relation (using Fourier analysis) This is my first time on Mathematics Stack Exchange. I didn't think my question was ...
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What about this question earned some quantity of downvotes?

I'm new to the Math StackExchange, but I am puzzled by the downvotes on this question: Am I properly simplifying this geometric progression? I tried to be as clear as possible, to show that I had ...
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Will I get my reputation back if I cancel my down vote?

Will I get my reputation back if I cancel a down vote? Same for the person I vote down.
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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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Is it always that difficult questions are upvoted?

I have seen that many people down vote those questions which are very basic or easy. Is this website only meant for asking difficult questions or can I clear my some basic doubts and problems without ...
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Unfair downvoting of question?

Today, there was this question posted on the main site asking about the probability of passing a genetic disease expressed by a dominant allele. However, as soon as it was posted a few users came ...
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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

Stack Exchange (or, at least, MSE) has the interesting phenomenon that people often demand for downvotes to have an accompanying justification. However, I don't see this on other sites I visit with a ...
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Re-asking a question to get rid of a negative score?

There is a rather nice question in the group-theory tag at the moment. It deals with the pre-requisites needed to understand a rather famous result. You can find the question here. An answer to this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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