Questions tagged [down-votes]
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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....
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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....
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Why is my question receiving down votes?
It is very strange to me that on a question I recently asked already has 3 down-votes. Is there a word or phrase for language and culture combined? Meanwhile, here are examples to very similar ...
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 ...
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?
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,...
Are the downvotes against my answers fair?
I know that we all sometimes think our answer is good or acceptable when in fact it isn't. Sometimes we fool ourselves in the moment, other times we stubbornly hold to our position. I've been a ...
Serial down-voting after I asked a question [duplicate]
I asked a question that has been viewed only 4 times so far. But shortly after I've asked it, someone down-voted every post I've made on this site. I know it's not much of a change in reputation, but ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Will the revenge down-vote script kick in, in this case?
Recently, a user posted several questions within the space of about a half hour. I downvoted four of them because I felt that they were poorly researched, and because they were out of the scope of the ...
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 ...
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 ...
Please help me improve my babel answer?
I have authored an answer to a SWR. While I believe my suggestion provides a near precise answer to the asked question, it seems to be rather unliked. I understand the word may be rare, but an ...
Why was this question on phrase usage closed?
I recently asked the question Is the phrase “final solution” used in the field of software development? on the site. While the first version of the question was poorly worded, it was then edited to ...
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 ...
Is it right to downvote questions only because they are dupes?
Is it right to downvote questions only because they are a duplicate of another question? Shouldn't voting be based only on the relevance of the question?
Why reducing rep for downvoting item one had previously upvoted?
I upvoted an answer to a question, and after a few seconds realized I had upvoted the wrong answer, so I hit the downvote button to put it back the way it was. After moving on to another question I ...
Community's vote count
If Community♦ owns all the down votes on spam/other deleted posts, why does it seem to have so few down votes? Current vote count: Up votes: 236 Down votes: 6 Update (today's count): Up votes: 236 ...
Any guesses why my question was downvoted?
I was surprised to see my question downvoted. I care less about the loss of rep than about why the person might have done it. Can you find anything wrong with the question? Do you think the person ...
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 ...
Does EL&U frown or ban certain topics?
I recently asked and self-answered a question about a racist slang term (Q) because I wanted the term documented for the record. The question was initially poorly received (score -3), though the ...
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 ...
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 ...
Why was my question downvoted?
I recently asked a question on English Language & Usage, and it was received poorly. Now, I have nothing against criticism, but I just wonder why. Here's the question. What should I use when ...
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 ...
Why is this question on hyphen usage downvoted?
My question Is the hyphen in the adjective phrase “just-[past participle]” mandatory? currently stands at +3/-6. The question has seen some activity in the last few days, but it only received more ...
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 ...
is the following an example of serial voting? [duplicate]
I've had 6 downvotes on different question in the last 24 hours, I assume by the same user. Is that serial voting? I thought it was against the rules to keep downvoting questions from one user, in a ...
Biased downvoting because I told the truth to the answerer
My issue: I am a new member on English Language & Usage. The day before yesterday I asked a question (Nice came from nescius meaning stupid?) here. I then closed out the site as I was busy. ...
'Correcting' a down-vote of the question
The guidelines on asking a good questions are known: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-ask The question that remains is if these should be used to up-vote and down-vote questions or ...
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 ...
Answers which are downvoted
Any of my answer which is downvoted, how do I change it? I mean should I "edit" it or do what? Because if I edited it the OP might not find that I have edited it, or will he?
Where do the points go?
I asked a question on meta.english and I got 2 upvotes for it, but I wonder what happens to those points. See, I'm used to sites like stackoverflow and meta.stackoverflow, where if you get an upvote ...
Is this answer bad enough to warrant a down-vote?
I was wondering if anyone can fill me in on why my answer from a question the other day on a polite replacement for badass (as a noun), seen here. I've done some searching on meta, but have come up ...
Why was this simple question so misunderstood?
I asked what I thought was a reasonable and simple question: "Are there historical examples of "unchartered territory" used correctly?. It received 2 down-votes and 2 votes-to-close, ...
Why do completely normal posts get downvoted?
I've been looking around, seeing lots of posts getting a few downvotes on completely regular questions. Some examples: What's a metaphor/expression for "confirmation"? What is the ...
Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com?
Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word? If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the ...
Is there a reputation level where the identity of down-voters is revealed?
Is down voting open to scrutiny at any level?
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 ...
You gotta tell me, what's "balled" got to do with it?
One downvote... fine. Normal stuff. Two... again normal (for me it is). But three downvotes for this question? The balled (headed) eagle? Is it because of the title? That's the only fathomable ...