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Why are most new questions being downvoted?

I was scrolling through the list of newest asked questions and noticed that only 3 out of 15 had non-negative votes for the question. Is this just an anomaly or is the quality of the average question ...
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Why is it not mandatory to provide comments on a down-vote?

At present, users wanting to be courteous leave comments after down-voting a response, but there is nothing that requires a user to do this. I don't much care about the lose of rep. or the down-vote ...
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote? If the answer is yes, I would like to know the reason behind it.
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How to guarantee getting downvotes without explanation

There has been significant interest in this topic, as shown by the number of related questions. Since new users come along regularly (such as myself), I don't think it's useless to review the downvote....
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How to act when you are being serial downvoted

Today someone downvoted my answers serially: The hostile downvoting activity took place within a short span of time. How should I act?
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Is the EL&U community overzealous about closing/down-voting questions?

I'm fairly new to the stackexchange network, but I participate quite a bit on stackoverflow. I've used a few others (like this one) for one or two questions. And I have to say, EL&U feels ...
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Is this a good justification for frequent downvoting and closing?

There is a lot of downvoting on this site without any constructive feedback. Closings are also frequent. You can see this by just looking around. As I write this question, the three newest questions ...
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Where to draw the line in "plagiarism" of earlier answers?

I've just been downvoted for "plagiarism", in that I subsequently edited my own answer to include a reference that was already present in someone else's. It so happens that in this particular case I ...
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Why are there so many meta questions about how so many main questions are being downvoted or closed?

Why are there so many meta questions about a supposed recent uptick in downvoting, closing, and/or bad questions themselves? Also, why are these questions so presumptuous, assuming that there are ...
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Downvoting an answer because the question was bad?

I have noticed a pattern in the downvotes that I receive. Often times I receive downvotes on answers that I give to very basic and easy-to-answer questions--even when the answer is correct. The most ...
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Downvoting newcomers with no explanation or comment

As a newcomer to this forum, I am trying to tread carefully and familiarise myself with the protocols. I realise the question I am about to ask already has been asked in various permutations, but I am ...
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Tactical down votes?

On How to pronounce 'router'? my answer has been down voted from a user who answered to the same question, and who first commented my answer with a link to a link to a pronunciation file present in ...
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Should users with many down-votes on a meta site be banned from asking questions?

When a user (on a regular or a Meta site) gets a particularly high number of downvotes, it seems an automatic filter kicks in which bans them from asking any more questions, with the message: Sorry,...
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Should you also downvote when you vote to close?

Very often a question will have more close votes than downvotes. When those with enough (3,000) reputation cast a close vote on a question, is it also worthwhile they downvote? (In fact, this also ...
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Etiquette with regard to Downvotes

I've now been a member of EL&U for 11 days. For the first 9 days, everything seemed pretty much normal -- a satisfying number of upvotes, a few (probably warranted) downvotes. Then, over the ...
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How do we deter unexplained downvoting of newcomers’ questions?

I have today seen two examples of a newcomer’s question being downvoted without explanation. It is true that both questions needed improvement, and comments were made to that effect before the ...
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Why do some people have negative opinions against questions on Shakespeare's works?

Here are some questions I asked on Shakespeare's Hamlet. As you can see, they received some negative comments, downvotes, and close votes. I wonder why. Do they dislike Shakepeare's works? It's okay ...
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The first anonymous downvote

I'm sure I'm not the first one to discuss this, but bear with me. (I saw this, btw) A few answers are poor. They get lots of downvotes, perhaps deservedly so. Some answers are divisive. They get ...
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What's with all the serial down-voting on the "boobs" question?

The question What is the difference between “tits” and “boobs”? has a number of answers, and a dedicated group of people appears to have gone through and down-voted every answer multiple times. This ...
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What to do against downvote troll?

Someone around here likes to downvote every post of me, of course without giving any reason why he downvote my question/answer. All started one month ago, luckily an automatism reverted the downvotes....
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Coping with downvotes

I have been lucky enough to have answers upvoted; from time to time I get downvotes without any comments that might explain them. Generally the ups outnumber the downs. Sometimes I can see where an ...
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Why did I get downvotes on my answer, while a similar late answer got upvotes?

I'm referring to this question: What was this optical apparatus called? (It was used for showing pictures.) In short, it asks for the name of a certain device as shown in the attached pictures: And ...
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My questions keep getting down-voted; is it revenge down-voting?

Nine questions of mine have been down-voted in less than fifteen minutes, and another one has been down-voted one minute ago. It sounds like revenge down-voting to me. Can anything be done, about ...
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Should downvotes require comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it not mandatory to provide comments on a down-vote? Some questions can be unclear, and most users are nice enough to leave a comment on the question to let OP know ...
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Is there a way to remind the down-voter upon the related answer or quesion is changed?

Down voting is a great way to discourage bad answers, but what if the original answer or question has been improved? I believe providing a way to let the down-votes removable will highly encourage ...
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FAQ - prescriptive or descriptive?

I understand why this may be considered to overlap with What should our FAQ contain?, but I think I'm trying to address a specific issue related to that which doesn't really fit in the original (which ...
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I incorrectly upvoted a post but now cannot reverse it. How can I?

I upvoted a post that, after some time and investigation, happened to be incorrect and misleading. Cf. my question "If prepend is not part of English, why ther's no postpend, subpend? and who ...
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Should I flag a poor answer as not an answer?

I don't know the answer to this question. I'm torn on the abilities I now have and know I can edit an answer, flag an answer, and downvote an answer (or ignore). I don't really want to flag ...
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Someone has a chip on his shoulder? Inexplicable downvotes all over the place

Whilst I can comprehend some uptight prude downvoting everything in a thread with awful words referring to breasts, I'm at a loss to understand all the answers downvoted in this thread, which is ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Yeah... we should. Why not? I've been on a spree of downvoting off-topic and very low quality questions (LQQs), so I was expecting to see my reputation drop but it didn't. I also downvoted six ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

I have compiled some stats concerning a few regular contributors to the site and have discovered a huge variation in the frequency with which they up-vote, and also down-vote other's contributions. ...
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