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How it is possible to receive a “-1” as voting (not only multiple of $\pm 10$?)

I am quite new in mathstack and I have a doubt: I have understood during my activity that for instance if you write an answer and someone thinks that it is useful he can votes up it or down. But today ...
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Downvoting posts that are very popular but not especially good - is this an acceptable way to vote?

This post is an extension of a related thread on meta: Does your decision to upvote/downvote depend on the current score? The above discussion mostly focuses on the phenomenon of upvoting questions ...
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Instead of downvotes of academic discuss why not encourage contest response allowing fair and valid explanations? [duplicate]

Concepts and proofs are contestable in Scientific discuss and academics but the practice is usually supported by references (usually peer review, and known authorities in the discipline). I do notice ...
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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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What is the most downvoted question on MathStackExchange or Math Meta? [closed]

I saw this post on MSE, which I thought was pretty funny. Then, I realized the ridiculous amount of downvotes it got within an hour. So, that made me think, what is the most downvoted question in ...
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Downvotes after comments on a post [closed]

So like any other normal day, I was going through posts and found this one. I found that the answer posted by the user DMcMor was lacking a proper explanation to the question. So I downvoted it and ...
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If I ask a question and it gets a lot of down votes, should I delete it or leave it up?

If I have 3 downvotes on a post should I delete it or should I edit it? What should I do?
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Suspicious downvotes [closed]

So recently I posted an answer to a fresh question. In some few seconds, another person added their answer very similar to mine. Since I was ahead of them, I received some upvotes. Suddenly I began to ...
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What is the Solution to CAREFUL Serial Down-voting? [closed]

I came to know that there is a script to detect serial down-voting but as it is the case always for any script, there is a set-threshold, and if a careful person somehow figures that out (for example, ...
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Where does one go to find out the reasons for why a Meta Mathematics Page has been downvoted?

I have been trying to find out why a question I posted was closed. My understanding was to post on Meta Mathematics (which I did). This post was then heavily down-voted (link below). Where does one go ...
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Why has my post been downvoted for no reason, and can moderators investigate posts that have been downvoted? [closed]

In one of my posts under Timeline, there are 4 upvotes and 2 downvotes, and the score of the post is 2. My reputation increased +36 by these actions. What happened? How many users have voted for my ...
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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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Reason for downvoting the answer.

This question is in accordance with the question that I answered yesterday. It was downvoted three times without any comment (even the pop-up displayed instructs to do so) of the users that what was ...
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Why do I get a “-1” when I downvote others' answers? [duplicate]

Well, in How does reputation work? post, I've read that if you put a downvote on others' answers you'd get "-1" on your reputation. Yet, I cannot think of a potential reason for this as long ...
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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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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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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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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 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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