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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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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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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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Downvoting questions is an important moderation task which helps to filter out low quality posts from the site. Case in point: A question which is closed (except when closed as a duplicate) and has no answers with positive score gets deleted automatically after a certain period of time (30 days?) if it has a negative score. This means moderators and users ...


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Quoting the mouseover help: ↑: This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear. ↓: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful Quoting the help center on upvoting: What is voting up? Voting up is how the community indicates which questions and answers are most useful and appropriate. When should ...


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I would add that, especially on older versions of the mobile app for StackExchange, the UI presented various hot questions from multiple communities in a way that a new user might have thought that he or she was being polled. That could have encouraged people to respond beyond their actual knowledge base. Newer app versions have addressed this by presenting ...


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I'm a new user, and here's my experience. I asked a carefully written question on stackoverflow, and it promptly got downvoted and, eventually, automatically deleted as a result, all without explanation. In the original (now deleted) question I had an exchange with a user who had left comments on my question, where I asked them if they knew why it was ...


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