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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

I am not so surprised by a lack of symmetry in some situations. While an upvote usually stands for everything is fine / this contribution is useful / I am glad I learned something today , a downvote ...
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How to deal with "discomforting" downvotes?

Jack, I imagine that I am somewhat older than you and perhaps I have thought about my mortality in ways you have not. (I do not know this of course, just a guess.) As I have pondered the rather dim ...
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How to deal with "discomforting" downvotes?

You're too old for this... stuff. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, beyond downvotes. If we find someone is messing with the system, we will do our best to cease it. In the mean time, don't ...
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Isn't this just a form of gatekeeping, where you only get to ask a question about mathematics if you've already learnt enough of mathematics to rigorously formulate your problem? This question seems ...
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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

Added a present the problem bullet point that includes an Edit-Images section. Added an Edit-Tools paragraph. In my opinion, the best way to have your query upvoted rather than downvoted is by first ...
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How to deal with "discomforting" downvotes?

You ask if you are wasting your time. I looked through some of your answers from the last (little over a) week, here are some comments that OPs left for you: Thank you very much, This helped me a lot ...
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

It disappoints me that the admission I don't explain my downvotes anymore because I get abused when I do so. and the subsequent plea Can you all be nicer to downvoters so that we don't feel ...
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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

The goal is to improve quality. This means that downvoters better tell what should be improved. Particularly since readers may not be able to detect the presence of downvotes. Generally, it is my ...
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Should an answer be downvoted if it is correct (or almost correct)?

There are many possible reasons for down-voting that have nothing to do with correctness in a narrow sense, including: DVer thinks the answer is too sloppy. DVer thinks the answer is too terse. DVer ...
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Specific Downvoting

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. Yes, but there is one major ...
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

This question is the logical equivalent of "Can we be nicer to the tax collector?" We certainly need the tax collector so that we may function as a society. Without the tax collector, we lose the ...
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How can I avoid immediate down-voting and how should I go about requesting feedback?

Disclaimer: I hadn't seen your question before following the link in this meta question. I'm basing this answer on the first revision of the question. The title is the title, not the first sentence ...
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Deduction in rep for downvoting

It helps keep people from getting carried away with downvoting. If you didn't lose any points from it, you could downvote a lot of stuff (and you can kinda see that here on Meta). That $-1$ point is ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Is there anything to improve in this post? Yes. A lot. Remove your commentary about the downvotes. Remove your commentary about the close votes. Move your comment about the cross-posting to a ...
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How to deal with "discomforting" downvotes?

Since I was the moderator handling this ill-fated thread in main let me give a summary of its history the way I saw it. The question was asked by a new user yesterday. It was judged to lack ...
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Isn't rewarding question askers taking away from downvotes?

It is not exactly clear to me what type of answer you are looking for, but for what it's worth: Yes, as far as reputation points are concerned the relative impact of downvotes on questions is ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

As already mentioned, this can be done using SEDE. The posts with highest $\min$(upvotes,downvotes): main, meta You can also modify the query to include some additional information about the post (e....
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Downvote even contributing with more information to an old question

There is no such thing. Some people, however, feel that in order for a contribution to an old question that has already amassed some good answers, one needs to go the extra mile to prove that it's ...
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How to deal with the negativity of a power user that picks on you?

There is no way to block a user from seeing your questions or profile. When such comments are issued, or if you suspect an irregular voting pattern, you should flag for moderator attention and move on....
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Downvotes on answers to 'poor' questions

Downvoting answers just because they are posted on a poor question is a bad practice. However when you hover over the downvote arrow it says This answer is not useful, one could argue that the ...
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Are my serial downvotes inappropriate?

In my mind there are at least three sides to this, in general not only for this particular case. At one level the votes are appropriate. They are based on your best judgment of the post. To ...
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

The question raises a valid point, but does so in a non-optimal way. Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short? Yes, sure. Everyone agrees. Let's move on. ...
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

While I'm not the most active on this site, my experience on other SE sites would suggest a simple piece of advice: upvote answers that are helpful, and downvote answers that are harmful. You get a ...
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Downvoting posts that are very popular but not especially good - is this an acceptable way to vote?

From a rules standpoint, you can vote how you want, with only a few exceptions-- namely, revenge downvoting, targeted voting, upvote rings, etc. The common theme of these exceptions is that they're ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

This information can be obtained from the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). I have almost no experience with SQL, therefore I took the existing query Most controversial posts on the site and ...
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Down voting and close voting for missing context

The question you asked originally was this: Does the unit vectors carry any unit information? Does the unit vectors carry any unit information ? Was this really your best effort to articulate your ...
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