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This is so very analogous to a real-life situation. You try to correct someone, with no real harmful intention, but then get some nasty feedback. So what do you do? Just write good answers/questions- that is the only way you can overcome this. A few downvotes will always be diluted in the upvotes. The number of people doing constructive work will always ...


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Yeah, we do care about our posts. We do not take it lightly when we receive a downvote. We try to make the post better. In the best case we have an explanation in a comment to help us what could be done. In the second best case we see for ourselves what we did wrong. In both cases we will not hesitate to improve our post with an edit, well knowing that ever ...


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My question is which one is the better solution and also does the second answer need to be downvoted? Not at all, no. I save downvoting for things that are unhelpful, incorrect or just plain don't belong there as an answer. Just because it's another answer doesn't mean it's any less helpful to somebody else and it doesn't mean somebody else should lose ...


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Yeah some things look right (so attract votes for effort) but are technically incorrect. It happens to anybody who answers enough on the site. There are things you can do that are genuinely useful: Leave a comment. Explain what is wrong and why. Be technical. This lets the poster and other potential voters know. They can fix it, or even explain why they ...


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Thanks for posting the solutions you found to your own problems. This is a great thing to do and the site has some ways of encouraging it - for example, this little message next to the checkbox to post your own answer seems quite inviting to me: Even more encouragingly, we have this badge I probably spend more time than most users looking at self-...


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What Zanna said is 100% correct and self answers are encouraged but the down votes have nothing to do with self answers, as the questions were voted up. Let's look at your answers Dell Inspiron does not go into GRUB after shutdown from Kubuntu I think I found the answer. I disabled to Legacy ROM option in the BIOS settings while leaving UEFI enabled. ...


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The system is self healing. People who exhibit that behavior will get bored and crushed by downvotes... or some other infraction will strip them of their account. Don't take a downvote so seriously.


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I just vote to close. The site offers a duplicate search, some users use it, some don't. Sometimes if you notice a trend, you can do a search for a common duplicate and then just flag a bunch at once. For example I do a search for "black screen" and "freeze" on occasion and always find some getting through. Just keep flagging them! The only time I ...


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Because, reiterating Oli's words, there's no need to prevent users from "gaming the system by downvoting other question", as there's no point in downvoting other questions to your advantage, unless your aim is for your question(s) to be the highest scoring ever question(s) on the site.


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Downvotes do not in any way prevent people from improving their posts. Downvotes have no effect on how easily a post may be edited. And when a post is edited, this enables voters to change their votes. (They can also change them for a short time after casting them, to help people correct mistakes.) Furthermore, a new user starts out with 1 reputation, and it ...


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There is effectively no hard limit, but it's probably not useful to have one. The system does not attempt to impose any particular limit on how low a post's score can go. It probably cannot go lower than -2,147,483,648. But in practice, it is extremely unlikely that any post will ever receive billions of downvotes! The number of users on the site who have ...


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Why shouldn't there be? There are badges for all other major moderation tasks (flagging, editing, upvoting, deleting, reviewing), why should downvoting be exempt? Whatever you may think of it, downvoting is an important part of Stack Exchange.


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I've looked into this and have determined the culprits. This will be dealt with overnight by the serial voting reversal mechanism - so just hang-on tight. As to the culprits - they will be suitably dealt with once the votes have been invalidated.


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Typically, I prefer using comments as well. Voting up/down sort of sends the wrong message to new users, even though as Zanna explained it is not intended to be a form of punishment/reward, but people see it that way. Well, OK, maybe it actually is intended. Stack Exchange is sort of built on the game principle to retain users; to quote Jeff Atwood - one of ...


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To me, the bottom line has always been: Does it answer the question? If the project directly answers the question, I really don't care if the person writing the answer and the person writing the application are one and the same. I don't even care if the person is selling the app. Now, there are a few things to keep in mind: The person writing the ...


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Agree 100% with @muru. The only thing I'ld add is that downvoting is arguably even MORE important than upvoting in the answer sorting process. There's also a badge for retracting a negatively received post/answer. I have, in the past for example, gone through and started deleting all my 0 or negative answers or questions as site cleanup assuming there's ...


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Voting is really important on Stack Exchange sites and its purpose is often misunderstood. The purpose of voting is not to reward users with unicorn dollars1 to punish users by taking their unicorn dollars away to encourage users to discourage users Votes have the above effects and we should not ignore those effects. But the primary purpose of voting is to ...


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You should take a down-vote as the need to give an answer some attention. Courteous down-voters will tell you what the problem is and (assuming they're right, they might not be) that'll let you know if you should be deleting or improving your answer. Unfortunately there aren't always comments and you have to use your own judgement. If you can't decide, feel ...


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The general Reasons a post could be downvoted include, but are not limited to: Somebody hates you. The user who downvoted always downvotes on the first Thursday of every month. Someone misunderstood your answer. Someone dislikes your avatar. Someone hates bash, why are you using bash? Someone is having a bad day Your answer has errors. You left a comment ...


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Well I've given you an answer. Most "why isn't this the case" questions are probably viewed as being argumentative or a feature request, neither of which are thread types we really support here. We're primarily here to solve problems and those sorts of questions sometimes just don't have atomic answers.


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Yes, it is fine to comment before you downvote, even have a full conversation before you make up your mind. I will often leave a comment suggesting fixes before casting a vote, it gives to OP chance to respond and fix their post. Some will respond and some won't, so pin the tab, give it 24 hours and come back. Sometimes, it will be a user's response or ...


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Depends. From the MSO post on this I have several times asked a question that the "similar questions" search did not identify that I later found to be a duplicate of an existing question when someone pointed it out. So IMO it's better not to.


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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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Here's my two cents on this. I'm going to talk in very general terms, because the question applies not just to one you linked, but to many other out there. And remember, this is just my personal opinion on this. Voting is the measure of usefulness of an answer, not of whether an answer is outdated. If you ask a current question and receive outdated answer,...


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There are two related issues here: Does downvoting on Ask Ubuntu make Ubuntu culture more authoritarian and/or closed-minded? Are there alternatives to downvoting that should usually be used instead? The second question has been discussed before; I'll focus on answering the first one, and I'll try to answer the second one as it relates to the first one. ...


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There is nothing "wrong" with your question, per se, it is just a normal software recommendation question, but it borders on "too-broad" and some people don't like software recommendations for that reason. (For more information about how the software recommendation tag is/should be run and tips on how to ask a good soft-rec question see these two meta posts:...


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As always: this is MY opinion. The method posted by ATR could have been my answer. chaining commands with && is all fine but it becomes rather annoying to read. putting commands in a text file and executing it is better readable plus you can keep the commands identical to how someone posted them on the web. How i can put all this in the terminal ...


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...temporary loss of 1 rep point will be given back to you in case the answer is deleted. Regain of reputation from downvoted and deleted answers - update FAQ


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The term I would use for such behaviour is voting (i.e. there's nothing special about it). Voting imho is a subset of moderation. The only restriction on voting is that it must not be personal, i.e. targeted at a user. Downvoting multiple answers to the same question is entirely reasonable. If we think an answer is bad, wrong, misleading, not useful, is ...


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I think that it has been addressed previously (I can't find a dupe), or maybe it is too obvious. This restriction makes you take it more serious. If you don't like a post, even when it may be useful, you would likely downvote it just because. IMO it is a perfect policy that doesn't need to be changed. At the end of the day, as Eliah says: if a post ...


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