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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?

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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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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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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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?

It should be neither closed nor downvoted, if anything because both are quite contrary to the whole spirit of the mathematical endeavor!
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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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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

I sampled maybe 10-15 of your questions, and it seems that the downvotes are all on those that you answered yourself. I didn't find anything objectionable with any of your questions at all, so I ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

There are so many approaches and reasons to upvoting and downvoting here (=Math.SE, not Meta) that it is IMHO largely pointless to attempt to codify them. A discussion is, of course, ok, if for no ...
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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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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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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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Downvoting new user's questions

It is impossible to notify downvoters; the possibility to do so comes up from time to time as a feature request (that might have some merits but is also open to abuse). The situation was handled ...
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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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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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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

Added an Edit-Tools paragraph. In my opinion, the best way to have your query upvoted rather than downvoted is by first taking a serious look at this article. Hitting the high points of this article:...
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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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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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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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Where exactly is one supposed to downvote?

Everything's up to you, of course, but my rules of thumb are: Downvote a question as a helpful hint to other users that it may not be worth their time to try to read and understand the question. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

To start with, looking at your activity on the site, the answer to "Am I the type of person you want on the site?" is resoundingly yes. Voting, however, is not necessarily the best representation of ...
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