Questions tagged [down-votes]

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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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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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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 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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Clever downvoting

I realized that someone methodically downvotes my answers. This guy knows that serial downvotes may be automatically reversed by the system. Usually he downvotes three my answers per day, but not ...
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Notification after a downvoted answer was edited

Is there an option to receive a notification, when a post you downvoted was edited? With a downvote you suggest that something is wrong, after the poster edited it, maybe there is no reason anymore ...
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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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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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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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Nearly all frontpage questions downvoted

Of the 50 questions on the front page a few minutes ago, all but 4 have downvotes. (Many also have upvotes, of course, and many have more upvotes than downvotes.) This doesn't seem normal to me. Is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Where exactly is one supposed to downvote?

I am unclear as to where exactly one is supposed to downvote reasonably. I find that most people downvote newcomers' questions, since they lack context and formatting. But I personally feel they ...
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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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On downvoting for reasons independent of post content, e.g. chat behavior

Sure, it would be better if he "learned to crawl" before signing up for the marathon of Calc II, but here's a guy giving a good-faith effort and receiving downvotes (and very helpful answers, I might ...
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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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Downvote to withhold bounty?

This question is motivated by this example. In it, several users (including myself) posted answers, none of which were complete and satisfying. However, they did receive varying amounts of upvotes. ...
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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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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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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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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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“Suspicious voting behavior” and the vote anomaly detection script

I understand that the details of the vote anomaly detection script are secret for a reason. But I also think that at least the coarse principles of what amounts to automated policing of what is ...
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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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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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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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Should answer votes be cast based on their accesibility to the asker?

I occassionally see answers to questions which appear to require a greater level of knowlege than the asker has. Should votes be cast on answers depending on how understandable they are to the asker? ...
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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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Apparent systematic downvoting of many users

Recently I noticed some very suspicious patterns of downvoting. If you browse the rep pages of users on front weekly rep page you will see that almost all users received a pair of downvotes at the ...
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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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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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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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Down vote for new user

I registered an account for Math Exchange this morning. While trying to learn Latex and type neatly the solution for the user Cherry_Developer in here and here, I got down vote. I get very unhappy ...
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Downvoting on meta and disappearance from the front page

As we all know, "voting is different on meta": since there is no reputation attached to votes, it's possible to freely upvote or downvote questions and answers based on whether you disagree with them ...
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A very small favor to ask re downvoted answers

In this question, I initially messed up and put in an incorrect result. Blindingly fast, the answer was downvoted. I raced to correct the result, but by then there was already a correct result. So I ...
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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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Answering homework questions and downvoting

I just saw this thread: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/970464/parallel-tangents-and-curves and there were discussions in it on whether or not it was appropriate to downvote an answer which ...
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Comments soliciting downvotes

Once or twice I have seen comments effectively seeking downvotes on answers, like "Why is this getting upvotes??" or "This answer should be downvoted hard". Since they are clearly not about ...
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Can anyone offer tips in understanding why a question is not well-received?

There are the obvious reasons why a question is not well-received: User just copied a question from homework or a textbook and doesn't explain. A question is unclear A question has been asked a ...
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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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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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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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Downvotes and the maximum daily reputation

Due mostly to my two answers to the popular question Are there any open mathematical puzzles?, I received $35$ upvotes today (in the sense of UTC time). As a user can only receive reputation for $20$ ...
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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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Is my self-created question a valid contribution to MSE?

I asked a question (Evaluate the integral $\int_0^\infty \frac{x (\ln(x))^2}{x^4 + x^2 + 1}\text{ d}x$) that I created myself in order to show a particular technique, but apparently people dislike ...
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Negative votes on meta should not be migrated as well

Do negative votes on questions that were incorrectly posted in meta and then being migrated to the main site, like this one (the main question here), carry over their reputation malus for the main ...
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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.