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What verb could I use to mean "make less anxious"?

Specific verb for "training an apprentice"?

I posted the first question and then I got downvoted 2 times because it is "a thesaurus question". As I am coming back to mark one of the answers, I stumbled upon the second question which had exactly the same question form. But I notice that question got 2 upvotes instead.

I am not complaining. I just want to understand the difference so that I know how to better phrase my question in the future. Kindly advise. Thank you.

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    As inconceivable as it may appear, there is no substantial supporting evidence to explain the reasons because there is no rational connection between the questions you cited. On the other hand, I noticed that there is a trend toward great reactivity as one votes up a question. In other words, after the first up vote, other users vote up more simply. So, I suppose this phenomenon could be happened for those questions. – user19148 Dec 9 '12 at 23:15
  • @Carlo_R. So that's a system failure, needs action? – Kris Dec 12 '12 at 9:02

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