Recently I asked a question on Ask Ubuntu. I did not get any answer. Then after searching I found the solution and wrote it as an answer. I got one upvote for the answer and 0 for the question:

how to make symbolic links of the files from folder to folder

After that, someone downvoted both my question and answer. This is causing me to think that my question is not good and this community is not encouraging this kind of question.

So can I delete the question for which I only have written an answer?

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    That's a good question. I would recommend not deleting it
    – Zanna Mod
    Dec 26, 2019 at 11:57
  • Ok, thank you for editing and your action on the link.. @Zanna
    – PRATAP
    Dec 26, 2019 at 11:57
  • Some downvotes are cast blindly just like upvotes. But like terdon said, don't immediately jump to deletion. :)
    – Kulfy
    Dec 27, 2019 at 18:43

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First of all, if you got one downvote, all that means is that one person felt the question should be downvoted. It doesn't in any way imply anything at all about "the community". It only shows the opinion of one, single, non-representative user.

That said, I admit your answer is really kind of bad in that it has a few dangerously bad practices in there. You are parsing ls and you are using shell variables unquoted. So I can understand the downvote.

But when you get a downvote, you should just think of ways of improving your post, don't immediately jump to deletion. Yes, you can delete it, if you like, but it would be much better to improve it instead. I have posted a safer solution,

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    This is exactly what I would say in response as well to the question. Don't immediately jump to 'deletion' as your solution to a single downvote, just work to improve the post.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Dec 26, 2019 at 15:18

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