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An answer with $0$ votes does not hurt your reputation. If it is a good answer, it helps the site and someone may discover that it is a good answer and upvote it in the future. If it is a good answer, leave it.

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Absent any evidence of wrong-doing, we must assume that users are right-doing.* As long as a user has 15 reputation on this site, they are free to upvote as they wish (provided they are voting for content). After they earn 125 reputation they are free to downvote as they wish (again, proved they are voting for content). Whether they have the requisite ...

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The timeline of this "lucky" answer, in my local time. Amzoti posts the answer: Sep 29 at 15:14. Question asker deletes the question (and thus the answer): Sep 29 at 16:02. S/he was able to because nobody upvoted the answer by then. Amzoti posts a meta thread Deleting questions with answers and no upvotes?: Sep 29 at 16:29 Three users, including a mod,...

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An incomplete list of reasons why one might track a question: to delete them later. to check if they get deleted. to check if they stay closed. to see if maybe they get turned from something incomprehensible into something meaningful. to monitor if the fight in the comments is really over or if it might be rekindled. because one finds some answer ...

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Interesting. Moderators have access to certain analytical data not present in the 25K site analytics (25K only). Part of this is up-/down-vote data on questions (and answers). Below is a graph showing the sliding seven-day average of up-/down-votes on questions. So, yes, there is an uptick for the last several days. This is coupled with a plateau (or slight ...

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[...] would it be considered bad form if I were to upvote it (as they would receive a random notification for an answer they wrote a few years ago and most likely forgot)? It's good form to up-vote good content one comes across. Moreover, I think for many it is rather a nice experience to be reminded by an up-vote of an old post. It shows that the content ...

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Naturally, as the site grows, the number of votes of either kind goes up. The trend is shown below: upvotes per day in blue, 10*downvotes per day in red. (Multiplied by 10 to be roughly on the same scale). As you can see, recently the number of downvotes reached 10% of the number of upvotes. For better readability, open the image in another tab. The time ...

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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 assume that this is not a coincidence. I can share a guess, and a maybe unfortunately necessary recommendation. The site has been used by some as a form of scratch ...

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This is inevitable for structural reasons, as Will says. The truth is that most users simply do not have the expertise to judge less elementary questions and answers one way or another, and there's not much we can do about this that wouldn't be unhealthy for the site as a whole.

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Sometimes I think a question is sort of crappy but feel like writing about the topic, so I write a quick answer, don't upvote, and move on to the next one. I guess I just like hearing the sound of my own voice. I see where you're coming from, but I think calling it "morally mandatory" might be taking Math StackExchange votes a little too seriously.

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No, it is not abusive to downvote for no stated reason.

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Probably a "Senator" badge, in the gold badges category. Anyone have other ideas for the name?

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You're not the only one thinking this behaviour should be changed, my own feature request on Meta.SO to change this is the second-most upvoted unresolved feature request at the moment with a score of over 200. As far as I understand from some comments from SE developers, changing this would be pretty complicated technically. Just transferring the votes to ...

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It is not possible to go below 1 reputation. Hence if a new user posted a question, received 5 downvotes (reputation now 1), 1 upvote (reputation now 6), then 2 downvotes (reputation now 2) the situation you describe arises.

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With more and more questions it may be that questions are disappearing from the first page more quickly.

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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 disinclined to explain our downvotes? is responded to with discussions of When, how, and why you should explain your downvotes or should you even cast ...

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Is this really happening or is it just me who feels that? In relative terms, yes, this effect is real. However, it is not that users stopped voting. In absolute terms more votes are cast. The issue is that the increase in votes is not as strong as the increase in posts. It is a recurring theme that towards the beginning of September as courses restart ...

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Welcome to Math.SE! The StackExchange platform is (arguably) the best question and answer service online, but it does have issues; one of the most noticeable is that people do not always vote the way we think they should. The best response you can have is to: 1) grow a thick skin, 2) answer questions for reasons other than reputation points, and 3) do ...

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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 ability to govern ourselves. Yet, when the tax collector calls us, do we thank him/her? ADDENDUM Along these lines, perhaps we can take some cues from the ...

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I think that you suffer from a case of specialist's myopia. As I may have also been diagnosed with it let me elaborate. The calculus (or elementary number theory, not to mention high school level stuff) questions get a lot of attention in comparison to more specialized tags simply because there are more users A) understanding what the question is about, ...

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As proposed in my comment, I ran this query on data.SE: http://data.stackexchange.com/mathematics/query/87290/post-reputation-over-time This bears out that there has been a recent drop by half a vote per answer in the last two months from 3 to 2,5. Clearly, old posts are sometimes upvoted later on, but based on my own reputation, I estimate late votes to ...

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My personal experience and big sentiment is that yes, the level of Math.SE is falling. It would be great if "relatively advanced but not research level questions" got the same attention as it used to be when I started here and fell in love with Math.SE quickly. While it is true that they are drowned in the ever-growing flood of no-effort no-motivation solve-...

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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 quite well. You took the time to help the users that asked a question in quite a bad way (I mean especially the first case) and were told so be others via the ...

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There is a discussion on meta.SO about this. While all the answers and comments are interesting, the answer given by Jeff Atwood, one of the two creators of the StackExchange network, says that people do not need to explain their downvotes (or at least, not enough so that they face any repercussions from not doing so), but a reminder that one can explain one'...

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The real rewards of writing an answer are to help the OP and getting a better understanding of a question by writing a coherent answer. Points are an extremely crude measure of anything but points. Perhaps we could encourage OP's who see an extremely good answer to their question to post a bounty and then reward that bounty. If there is a weak point to the ...

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Unless I notice (or am notified of) serious problems with an answer of mine, I keep them around, regardless of the score. I see no reason to delete such answers, as there is no telling whether some future visitor may come across an answer and find them valuable. Heck, it's possible that users have already found these answers valuable, but haven't gained ...

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