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Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

English Language & Usage attracts many different types of participants, including hundreds of regular and semi-regular contributors who have accumulated enough reputation to be entitled to upvote ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

Do the moderators ever monitor the extent to which people are using the up and down voting facility? No, of course not. And rightly so. If someone wants to cast fewer than 100 downvotes in 12 years ...
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Downvoting newcomers with no explanation or comment

Downvoters often do not explain why they have downvoted. I've gotten downvotes with no explanation on what I think are decent questions and answers (most recently an hour ago.) I think nearly ...
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Downvoting newcomers with no explanation or comment

Here is my perspective, as more of a longtime user of this site. In general, explanations for downvotes are not required, and so shouldn't be expected. Downvotes are ... something that different ...
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Why did I get downvotes on my answer, while a similar late answer got upvotes?

The two downvotes (so far) on the OP's submitted answer were probably from users who had not read the post carefully, they probably thought the first suggestion, peep show, was "bad", or "incorrect", ...
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

The OP, @aesking, told the community: To me “to give someone advice” is the most common variant but it sounds phrasally and unidiomatic. However, to be politically correct I think “tell some advice”...
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Biased downvoting because I told the truth to the answerer

If I needed these easily available results why would I ask my question on Stack Exchange? Well, this shows me that you’re already in the the right mindset to be here. (You might be surprised how many ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

At least on the answer side of the ledger, the point of an upvoting/downvoting system of the sort that Stack Exchange sites use is to provide a mechanism for creating community-based separation ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Let me turn this around and ask: what impact does the existing -1 penalty for downvoting an answer have on user behaviour? Well, for a high-rep user who might be accruing (say) 3 upvotes a week from ...
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Coping with downvotes

There are many reasons posts get down voted and most of them you can't really do much about. If you've looked over your answer and feel it's clear, addresses the question being asked, is supported by ...
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Are the downvotes against my answers fair?

Here are my thoughts on some things that could be improved in the posts you linked. I believe the best response to an unwarranted down vote is to improve my answer to attract up votes from other ...
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Etiquette with regard to Downvotes

I've checked your reputation page now, and it appears to me that those serial downvotes are timed mere seconds or minutes apart. The first thing you can do is wait. The system has in place some ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

Moderators monitor the voting behavior of only those users who are suspected of abusing their voting privilege, with targeted voting, sock puppetry and the like. Users are free to be lavish or frugal ...
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Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

In short, No. But this deserves some explanation. English actually should properly be called Advanced English. Because of the nature of the site there are rules to follow for a correct question. Not ...
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Are the downvotes against my answers fair?

There is absolutely no way to know who downvoted something or why—unless they say so in a comment. (Such as here, assuming that the comment is still there when checked.) Anything else is pure ...
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How do we deter unexplained downvoting of newcomers’ questions?

Most of the regular contributors to this site would probably agree with Anton in principle that the newcomers to this site should feel welcome. His post, however, makes a couple of assumptions that ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

We don’t need more LQQs. We need fewer. The best way to deprioritize the ones we get, and preempt getting any new ones is to downvote them. Consistently.
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

The post starts off OK. "I was told X is true. I have found evidence to support the opposite, that ¬X is true." However, instead of ending with "Is my argument that ¬X is true ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

No research was indicated in your question. You can google your question title for a start. The results are plentiful and include at least four related questions on this very site, as well as other ...
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Why did I get downvotes on my answer, while a similar late answer got upvotes?

Nobody knows why driveby downvoters vote the way they do because they leave no indication of their thinking. These people are a curse and a plague on this site because they either leave the OP no ...
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Downvoting an answer because the question was bad?

I downvote correct answers to low-quality and off-topic questions in some circumstances. In general, I try to base my votes on the tooltip explanation: upvotes are for useful answers, downvotes are ...
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Etiquette with regard to Downvotes

Another reason could be that, like RaceYouAnytime mentioned, some users downvote answers simply because it's under an off-topic, too-broad, or unclear question, as a means to discourage users from ...
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Serial down-voting after I asked a question

It's not a given that the Stack Exchange script would notice this behaviour as being suspicious-looking. In my experience, the system kicks into play when five or more posts have been downvoted in ...
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You gotta tell me, what's "balled" got to do with it?

Your question looks okay. Nothing to worry. Within a day, your "bald eagle" question has been viewed 2000 times, upvoted 27 times, and answered twice. Those answers are also similarly well received. ...
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Are the downvotes against my answers fair?

Unfortunately, your question conflates two issues, and also assumes that one or both applies here on what appears to be insufficient evidence. Anonymous Downvoting per se is an intrinsic and ...
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Please help me improve my babel answer?

Your answer has eight up-votes and four down-votes, so it's more controversial than bad. I suspect the controversy stems from your discussion of "babble", since some commenters disagree that it's not ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

The negative reaction might have been precipitated by any one of three different elements of your question. Firstly, while I don't see any obvious flaw with the core question about which kind of ...
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Downvoting newcomers with no explanation or comment

I'm a newcomer too. I've gotten some downvotes without explanation. If a post of yours was on-point, apt, and well-intended, then what can you do if someone knocks it? There are a lot of good writers ...
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Why was this question on phrase usage closed?

The actual question Are there any instances of this particular phrase in technical publications or communication from international tech corporations? is on topic, in my opinion. I've re-opened the ...
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Why is this question on hyphen usage downvoted?

Questions about punctuation may run afoul of some EL&U participants' preferences in several ways. First and most obviously, punctuation is strictly relevant to writing, not to spoken language—and ...
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