I was thinking about people trying to build low rep simian/bot armies by answering close-able questions others wouldn't touch and thought:

Why shouldn't Community downvote zero value answers to punish that behavior?

I just thought I'ld open the topic for discussion.

  • 2
    how would community decide what to downvote?
    – Seth
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 2:48
  • Closed question contains zero vote answers. Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 9:09
  • 3
    That doesn't mean the answers are bad. For example, I could provide a stellar answer to a duplicate without realizing it was a dupe. The question is then closed and nobody bothers to upvote my answer. That doesn't suggest that my answer was bad.
    – terdon
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 16:42
  • @terdon - fair enough. if that happened to me, i would ask for a merge though. Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 21:47


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