Why 'A single word which can be used in the place of floccinaucinihilipilification whithout losing the nuances of its meaning' got a lot of downvotes? (-5 at the time when I wrote this post)

  • Can you give a link please? – Mitch Jun 16 '14 at 20:58
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    The link leads us to this question, is that a joke? – Mari-Lou A Jun 16 '14 at 21:26
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    Very few of the free online dictionaries actually make the distinction that it is what some people have termed 'a joke word'; one or two say 'used jocularly' or 'a curiosity' but hardly enough to warrant downvotes for asking for a synonym. 'Joke word' or not it has a meaning. – Frank Jun 17 '14 at 7:41

I downvoted the question, and also posted an answer. I downvoted it because floccinaucinihilipilification is a joke word that has never been seriously used in any context except as an example of a long word. (Prove me wrong!) For that reason, it was difficult for me to perceive it as a serious question. If I'm wrong about that, I sincerely apologize.

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    I don't think the OP isn't using it for it's length or he/she wouldn't be requesting a different word. – please delete me Jun 16 '14 at 23:25
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    Perhaps asking @ElberichSchneider if he was asking a serious question in comments might have clarified the matter. – Frank Jun 17 '14 at 7:30

Is the floccinaucinihilipilification question a question that really deserves so many downvotes? Why/Why not?

Sadly, the simple and very boring answer to your the question is yes it does because the community decided to downvote the post. Whether a post truly deserves downvotes is always somewhat subjective but this particular post has a vote count of +3/-9. Having a 1:3 vote ratio is very much telling us that the community agrees with the downvote message:

This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful.

The more interesting question, in my opinion, is why the post apparently deserves so many downvotes. I think phenry's response is a good place to start.

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