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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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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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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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Downvoting for no stated reason is abusive

When I post a short simple answer to a posted question and someone downvotes it, they should be able to explain their objections if I so request. During the months I've been here, I don't recall that ...
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Downvoting Complete Solutions

I recently had an answer to this homework question downvoted twice because I provided a complete solution. Has a consensus been reached about how to treat homework problems? If not, is this an ...
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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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Quick downvoting of ill-formatted questions by new users

Is it just me, or are we seeing a substantial uptick in very quick down-voting of questions by fairly new users who post ill-formatted, ill-motivated, or ill-posed questions? This question got a very ...
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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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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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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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-1 for downvote? [duplicate]

I downvoted this answer : Can we find the perimeter of a triangle given only its base and height? , because the answer was really bad. But to my surprise, 1 point was deducted from my reputation (...
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Downvoting to order?

I have stumbled with the following in a user profile. I use downvotes to organize answers to a question. By voting up I bring up the answers that I consider more important, useful, or that I think ...
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Downvoting new user's questions

Quite recently I saw a few posts of new users of this site (which were just joining MSE) which were on a very basic level and indeed contained some mistakes or even basic mathematical ...
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Does your decision to upvote/downvote depend on the current score?

For example, do you more or less likely to upvote the currently high score answer? Do you ever upvote a question or answer because you think "it does not deserve negative score." although you don't ...
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A certain kind of serial downvoting?

I apologize in advance if this seems like whining. I have, however, observed someone - I think - systematically downvoting each new answer I provide. It would seem to me that this sort of downvoting ...
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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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In praise of silence

I want to praise silent downvotes. I think they are underused, underappreciated, and misunderstood. This may be due to statements such as one in down-voting tag ...
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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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Downvoting answers because question is bad?

I have seen that sometimes answers which are not bad get downvoted because they answer low-quality posts. Is this activity supported? If yes then perhaps we should make it official by automatically ...
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Is it OK to automatically downvote homework questions that show no effort or etiquette?

I have seen a lot of very similar questions here, so I apologize if this is a duplicate. There is a related question at Closing questions that show no effort - official policy? I see this very often ...
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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

I recently noticed that 4 of my questions now have a -1 vote. Up to now, I've been deleting the questions as soon as they go to -1. Even though I put in a good amount of time to make the question as ...
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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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Would it be prudent to ignore downvotes rather than commenting on them so frequently?

I've noticed on this site (math.SE) that downvotes get noticed and reactions get announced far more often than on other SE sites I frequent. Often, the respondent sincerely asks the downvoter to ...
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Up- and downvote statistics

Are there some up and down vote statistics a standard user can access? I'm curious to know whether my feeling that users have been downvoting more and more liberally over time is correct or just my ...
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Deleting a downvoted answer?

Is it right to delete a downvoted answer of one's own? I have only done this once (I actually got the "Peer pressure" badge from that), but I am afraid that this is not allowed. I do have an accepted ...
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Is UpVote / DownVote related to the answerer's reputation?

So I answered a question no less than 15 minutes since it was asked, 2 hours later a guy (with reputation 70 times greater than mine) added an answer which is identical to mine (of course with ...
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How to remove downvote after the grace period expired?

I accidentally cast a downvote which I want to remove (Computing $\cos\frac{\pi}{7}$). I found about it too late to reverse my vote and am looking for help in what I can do. The Help desk was no ...
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Why is it that people down vote an answer without even bothering to comment what is the problem?

Why is it that people down vote an answer without even bothering to comment what is the problem? On many cases I find that people down vote my answer and I am not able to figure out who has downvoted ...
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Up Vote Down Vote

There are questions that are fine that they don't in themselves deserve negative votes. However, sometimes such posts get unusually high votes. I understand that the up-vote and down-vote criterion ...
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Point difference between upvotes and downvotes

Is it really a good idea for upvotes to give +10 points and downvotes only -2? I've noticed that downvoting posts often produces "sympathy" upvotes by other users seeking to maintain the vote total ...
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A kind of revenge?

I just saw some downvoting activity on many questions I answered (see here), not long after I answered this. Is there anything I can do ? EDIT Ok, so MSE has correctly reversed thing during night, ...
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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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Why does the person who is downvoting an answer get a downvote himself? [duplicate]

Why is that the person who downvotes an answer get a downvote himself? Isn't this unfair. I mean that the answer is not right or up to the standards so I downvote it but I also get a downvote but I ...
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Why is there a decreases in number of upvotes and increase in downvotes?

$$\begin{align}&\left(\frac{du}{dt}\approx0\right)_{\text{Jul,2014}}&&,\text{$u=<$no.of up votes$>$}\\&\left(\frac{dd}{dt}\gg0\right)_{\text{Jul,2014}}&&,\text{$d=<$no....
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An auto-comment on first questions that motivates sharing doubts and thoughts

Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed. Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I ...
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About downvotes.

I understand the abundance of downvote-related questions that are asked here, but I didn't find any related to what I propose, so here is my thought: I wholeheartedly aggree that the reasons for one'...
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Do you think we should implement an incentive for leaving a comment when downvoting an answer?

I have noticed that a lot of times when an answer gets downvoted, there is rarely any feedback (unless the answerer asks for one or depends on the popularity of the question) for the downvote. With ...
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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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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?

There is this question where the poster asked for helping proving a claim that in general is not true. Many people gave counterexamples to the claim. The question received downvotes as well. Later ...
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Is downvoting all solutions to a question that turns out to be a duplicate an acceptable use of downvotes?

So here a certain user has downvoted all the answers because he "can't believe" we didn't tag it as a duplicate instead. (In case you're wondering if I'm just speculating about the downvotes' origin, ...
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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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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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Can moderators know the identity of (non-serial) mass downvoters?

This recent question received an inexplicable downvote from some user who apparently downvoted every other question that was asked at around the same time. Can moderators find out exactly who this ...
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Giving more downvotes than upvotes?

I recently looked at the Data.SE site. After viewing other people's queries, I decided to write one of my own. You see, I have only cast one downvote thus far in my SE career, but I have cast more ...
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Should I be leery of downvoting 'competing' answers on questions?

A quick bit of motivation: recently a question I answered quite a while ago ( Combining Two 3D Rotations ) picked up another (IMHO rather poor) answer. While it was downvoted by someone else and I ...
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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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Checking your old downvotes

I wanted to check my ancient down votes to see if things have improved: I tried to make a query on data.se to find my downvotes: ...
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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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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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Why are all the answers to this question downvoted? [closed]

I've recently noted that all the correct and helpful answers to this question are downvoted by a single-person. I don't have any proof but, I am pretty sure that the downvotes are given by a single ...