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Why are most new questions being downvoted?

This is the first time I asked a question on English SE site and got two down-votes immediately. It turns out I'm not alone. There're 8 questions out of 15 have negative vote counts on the first page of newest questions now.

I must say it's unusual comparing to my experience on other SE sites. Is this an exceptionally unfriendly site?

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    Votes are not designed to measure friendliness. It's really a pity people keep misinterpreting them like that. (Not blaming you, this happens a lot, on all sites of the network, on Reddit, everywhere.)
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:29
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    This question has never been answered satisfactorily. Many would vouch for the fact that there are instances of unfair, malicious or down right wanton down-voting. We could merge all the related questions on meta, but not close any. Closing would imply a reluctance to face the truth.
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 11:13
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    Closing is the first step in the merge process. No merge without closure.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 10:59