Questions tagged [down-votes]

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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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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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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Unfriendly Community in Mathematics Stack Exchange

Mathematics Stack Exchange has a fundamentally unfriendly and unapproachable community. How could you change this culture? Down votes are generally given to users that didn't understand a topic but ...
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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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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 ...