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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...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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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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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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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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First of all, the question and answer are both irrelevant. You acted way out of line, were very rude and very aggressive. Here are some of the comments you left (emphasis mine): The difference her is that the question was UPDATED to include that he only need GUI not CLI AND I updated my answer to include one, my answer addresses his need for bar code ...


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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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I'm not sure I should be answering this question, but here goes. I can't comment on why other people downvote, but I sometimes do downvote questions as well as vote to close them if they are unclear. In my opinion this question was no worse or more unclear than any other question saying nothing but "How can I install foo?" If foo is not in Ubuntu ...


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After carefully reviewing the question at hand, I have come to the following conclusions: The question is wholly useless. It's not going to help anyone by any sense of the word. It's a humorous question at best, and offers nothing of note to the site. It shows absolutely zero research effort. Even the most precursory research on Google would answer this ...


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The definitions of both update and upgrade come from Debian, not Ubuntu. If you want those terms changed, you must convince the Debian community (not us). If Debian changed the definitions tomorrow, we would follow suit. It's important for everybody to use the same terms so we understand apt-related and deb-related questions and answers properly. So don't ...


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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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See extensive discussion on Meta SE. Quoting the Jon Skeet: If a comment is wrong, respond to it with another comment. That provides a lot more information than a downvote which could mean anything. If you want to debate this, take it to Meta SE.


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