Do not lightly downvote salvageable content or dupes, please!
Ever since we started this discussion here we can observe a significant increase in down voting. This is done far more often on questions than on answer, presumably because downvoting questions does not cost you any of your own reputation.
Some of the down votes are well thought and justified, but it is my feeling that this is far not always the case. We can see quite a few questions where downvotes were cast even before the OP had any chance to respond to comments or improve their questions.
Let me quote from the guidelines for downvoting in the Stackexchange network:
- Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect.
- The up-vote privilege comes first because that's what you should focus on: pushing great content to the top. Down-voting should be reserved for extreme cases. It's not meant as a substitute for communication and editing.
As we may develop our own voting guide for Ask Ubuntu it is my believe that we should not go too far off the Stackexchange Network practise.
If we simply used the tooltip ("This question don't show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful.") as a guide we may prematurely vote down a question that will not fall into the categories "egregiously sloppy", "no-effort", or "extreme case". This will needlessly lead to confusion and irritation especially from new users. This may eventually lead to users not coming back, or not daring to ask again.
This is not what we want. We want to be a place open for new users. We therefore should help them to become better. This is to my strong believe better be done by
- Ask for clarification
- vote to close if the question meets a close reason which can not be resolved from an edit.
Use your downvotes only on questions that are really not worth any effort. This will then show others that this question is not worth to be read. But keep in mind: this will also affect probably good answers on that question.
In case you still felt like having to downvote a question for lack of details, or otherwise inappropriate content: Please do come back to see if the question was edited to be able to revert your downvote. This sadly does not happen too often.
As per request here some examples of the last 30 days: