This is the exact contrary to "Should we get worried about in what direction Ask Ubuntu wanders?". For some reason, a question that has nothing to do with Ubuntu in any way or form was upvoted... and I could not help but ask: "why?".

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This is real vandalism!

The voter is literally rewarding a user for a bad... very bad question. The faults on the question are not surprise. I found this gem in the 10k Flags flagged as Very Low Quality. How something beyond salvage is awarded with a upvote!? I know the "this is bad but not that bad" kind of upvote, but this kind of question isn't the one that can be awarded with such act.


We don't do this with bad questions in any way or circumstances:

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Voting, both up and down, is a completely "anonymous" function of the site. In that you can do it either way to your hearts content and vote whichever way you chose. It's your votes.

We are not here to make everyone conform, if someone wants to upvote what appears to be spam then fine. If someone wants to downvote what appears to be an excellent question that's fine as well.

The import thing is the post was deleted and it was deleted rather quickly. I'm sure it was flagged by multiple people and was either automatically removed or one of the human exceptions handlers removed the post.

Which leads me to my final point. All those points will be refunded soon! Because that's just what happens. So upvotes and downvotes, nothing really matters in the end because it was deleted.

I'm really not sure what posting this achieves other than to just rant about this.

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    Related bits from chat chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/201/conversation/related-bits I agree on votes are anonymous and generally sort themselves out though. Upvote. Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 0:43
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    Wait, are you telling me that I can't rant? Then why I post in meta if I can't rant??? I was so sure that rants were the blood and soul of meta.
    – Braiam
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 1:34
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    @Braiam Because you are just ranting for the sake of ranting and telling others how to behave? Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 2:05
  • @KevinBowen you are mistaking my words. Marco is taking my question as a rant, when that was not my intention. I'm doing a reversal about some other question which was worrying about a couple of downvotes in a question (which was wrote almost 45 minutes after the question was posted) and I am pointing out something that should be more worrying instead.
    – Braiam
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 2:08
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    @Braiam No. I don't think that I am. Obviously the community sees value in your contributions and appreciates them. However, I, personally, think that you are being a bit more dramatic than the issue calls for. We have a great group of folks who keep each other honest. It is not perfect, but again, I, personally, think that it works and you are acting like the sky is falling. I wish that I could spend more time here now, but an 80 hour a week job takes precedence. Keep up the good work, but realize we are a fluid bunch. ;-) Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 2:18
  • "Voting, both up and down, is a completely "anonymous" function of the site." I got an e-mail asking me to explain my voting pattern :)
    – user25656
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 3:38
  • @vasa1: You must have got the email from one of the Community Managers.. Stack Exchange reverses votes if something seems to be abnormal.. So, voting is not completely anonymous - the developers and community managers can view and analyze anything and everything related to SE (which is obvious)... However, our votes are just visible to them - even the moderators of the site cannot view who/when did the user cast his/her votes.
    – Aditya
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 11:24
  • @Aditya, it was in the context of the number of downvotes I cast and it was not from a Community Manager or a developer.
    – user25656
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 11:34
  • @vasa1 That's why I put quotes around anonymous, it makes it a dubious statement. While no one can see you upvotes, the system knows and does routine pattern behavior checks for various forms of cheating, rage voting, and sockpuppeting Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 12:40
  • I don't want to argue with people who have contributed so much to Ask Ubuntu.
    – user25656
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 12:58
  • @vasa1: I get what you are talking about... Anyways, I don't know why am I not getting inbox notifications for comments on Meta... Anyone else facing this?
    – Aditya
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 20:02
  • @KevinBowen if you see my answer below, and here you will notice that I was talking about that if we are asked to explain our DV, I could raise also a Meta post about upvotes...
    – Braiam
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 0:55
  • @Aditya if you aren't the post owner, obviously you will not get messages unless pinged with the @
    – Braiam
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 0:56
  • @Braiam: I obviously know that :-) ... I didn't get inbox notification for the comment made by vasa1 on Dec 24 at 11:34 AM (he did ping me on that one)... The pinging problem has been solved by now - must be a temporary bug...
    – Aditya
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 12:07

My question was a satire to the requirement that we explain our downvotes asked in the linked question. Remember that if you receive a downvote but don't find any fault to the post it could be for one of many good reasons... it could be that your solution isn't the most efficient. I don't know...

Since votes are anonymous as Marco pointed, upvotes and downvotes are self explanatory. If any user is asking for explanation first should check their post, and if they don't find anything bad ask around someone that could help to improve them, or leave it as it.

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