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I delete my answer if it's wrong and I don't know how to fix it. If I can fix it, I fix it. It's helpful if downvoters leave comments so that you know what's wrong (and even more helpful if instead of downvoting they fix it themselves instead). Unfortunately this doesn't always happen. And sometimes downvotes are a bit random. In the event that my post ...


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I think you get the wrong idea of what actually is the function of an edit. An edit should contribute to the clarity of a post. A good edit may also clarify that the question is a bad one. Sharing in the possibly bad response (implicitly also what you suggest) would be the opposite of what is reasonable, and the opposite of what we want. Your suggestion ...


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Downvotes as a result of "spam" or "rude/abusive" flags being cast and therefore automatically done don't cost you rep. Downvotes on questions cost nothing. Any answer downvote you do should cost you one rep point. Unless the question is deleted in a certain period of time (I believe you regain that rep). (This excludes flags triggering a downvote) (At ...


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Because these conversations are a good thing to have? This is why I don't comment: My pronouns are He / Him


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This has been asked many, many, many times before. This is very unlikely to ever change as the Stack Exchange network is built in the USA: the programmers, designers and owners of the SE network cannot think of any reason why voting should be anything else then anonymous. It's in their law, so just accept things the way they are as you'll never change them ...


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Don't take the odd downvote too seriously. Maybe the person doing it misunderstood your answer, maybe they just don't like you, maybe they thought your answer was mediocre and a lower-voted one was better and voting on both answers let them change the relative scores by 2 rather than 1. Now if you are getting downvoted into the dirt that may be a different ...


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Generally, how you use your votes is up to you. However, I would encourage you not to downvote answers just because duplicate posts exist. There are various reasons why people answer those questions, perhaps because they don't know there is a dupe, because they have an exact answer to the specific question (dupe targets aren't always perfect...) or they ...


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If the majority of votes on an answer or question are downvotes it's a good indication that it doesn't belong. You are not obliged to delete your answer or question, but you should take it as an indication there is likely something wrong with it. Remember that users are allowed to upvote or downvote for any reason they like (except as an attempt to game ...


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If you've been downvoted to a score of -3 or less there's a peer pressure badge for that discussed at What is the "Peer Pressure" Badge? There's a good Q&A on a related topic at Should I remove a wrong answer (Peer Pressure)? It's unfortunate that you aren't getting feedback along with the down votes as constructive criticism is useful but ...


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I'm not a developer at Stack Exchange, but if I would be, that's how I would do it: Definitely, positively do not allow Pesky Panda's to downvote and spam. ;-) I'm now going to downvote and then flag your question as spam and get back to you! -2 was the result, so I hoped they would have disallowed this feature just for you, but what's really happening ...


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A downvote on an answer that is complete is more a call for improvements. Additionally, I suspect there is a philosophy of not indicating sudo for commands and let the OP figure that extra step from the terminal output. Sometimes there something odd about how you set the instructions or how the answer layout works. Maybe the OP accepts but the answer has to ...


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I voted to close that one (as unclear) as I recall. It seemed to me that the OP wanted to ask a question but never got around to articulating what it was. I often request further information from those it seems don't know enough to provide it. Rant onHonestly sometimes it's like pulling teeth and sometimes you get the ones that continually edit their ...


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