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There's nothing we can do about people's voting patterns. Nothing about the site requires anyone to explain their voting patterns. I try to leave a comment when I see someone has put in at least some effort or is having a hard time using the site, or is maybe not a native English speaker and needs some editing to make the question better. However there ...


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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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Votes on meta are a completely different thing than votes on main. Since they carry no penalty (for either caster or receiver) they are often given more freely. Most importantly, voting on Meta is very often just a way to express agreement or disagreement. So, if you make a proposal I dislike, I will downvote it to demonstrate that I don't agree and wouldn'...


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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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No, no need for that. But... Up vote great content and correct information that helps directly solve issues on the site. Was there effort? Get that guy some rep! Was it sloppy, confusing and all in all a not so good post? Well, its up to you. Bad content, wrong information, you don't agree with the posted information or the information is dangerous? Down ...


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This is one of the things I hate most on SE, people who think downvoting is mean and we should not do it voting to cancel out downvotes, it wastes my vote, your vote, gives to OP rep for a bad post. Just like silly downvotes exist, silly upvotes exist. The first one probably more often than the latter. I never ever heard of someone, voting to eliminate a ...


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No, there is no time limit on voting. As long as a post continues to exist, it's useful for its score to be displayed to show people what other members of the community thought of it. It remains useful to be able to vote up or down on the post, just as it remains useful to be able to edit or comment on the post. The system allows votes to be cast on old ...


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I agree with your concern — we should engage with people more before closing things — but I think put in the position to close this question, I might followed suit and might have pulled the trigger without explanation. While it may sound snobby, my only excuse is I expect a certain level of English and technical understanding here. If you can't explain even ...


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If the user who upvoted your post got removed from the system, his votes are deleted as well. What does "user was removed" mean and why did my reputation change because of it?


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Here's my take on the four. Remember that both presentation and content of a question matter; as Nick commented, most of us have a life outside of AU and cannot spend a lot of time trying to pin down the essence of a very poorly phrased or unnecessarily long question. Ubuntu and Windows 7 on 1 Tb hard Notice the title, which is why the question probably ...


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I agree with this post. Though from my inspection, number of bad questions has increased on the site as number of daily visits has. But It's also true that many good questions as well as answers are left un-upvoted. Voting is at the heart of a successful SE site. I think it's a warning sign if that decreases. We should try to vote whenever it is possible. ...


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Meta isn't rep gaining. Never has been never should be. The point of voting tends to be to show agreement or disagreement with a given thread or answer. There are many "make a collective decision" threads which exist and then general agreement or disagreement can be met through voting or such. That's the purpose really for votes on meta. For feature ...


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My two cents; Don't browse users, browse questions. If you're genuinely enthusiast about a user's post, upvote it. Comments shouldn't be used for that, but if from time you time you like a post so much that you feel like letting the user know that you liked it, you won't be pilloried for that. You shouldn't be serial upvoting a user. Really, don't serial ...


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I think it's good that the system does this, and I don't think it should be more difficult for questions to be deleted automatically. I think that what happened in Franck Dernoncourt's case is terrible and I really hope that it gets sorted out quickly. But I think that case is exceptional, and should not be considered a flaw in the system, but rather a case ...


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I usually vote up a question if it meets any of these conditions: I can answer it with the information given and I don't see any reason why it should be closed Someone else has answered it well or I know someone else will be able to answer it and I don't see any reason why it should be closed It seems to be a useful/interesting question and includes enough ...


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I do object however strongly to a structural exchange of favours. Probably just inside the limits of what the system allows and detects. A big issue here is that the system for detecting this has a couple of really basic flaws, which cause it to miss votes on a regular basis and which make it a bit too obvious what those limits are. I've written a query ...


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It is acceptable only if the OP has done his/her best to formulate a concise, clear and well researched question. On the other hand, if the question is unclear, lacks details, contains spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, and wrong tags as well, then it is not acceptable to ask for an upvote. In such cases, the OP must be advised to revise the ...


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To answer both questions with one blithe statement: I don't think we do. Now, that might not be the most useful answer to your question, but I'm speaking as one of the people tasked with attempting to apply this stuff, and largely speaking, keeping the wheels turning. Trying to define solid rules on quorum and then how opinion-de-jour gets applied to the ...


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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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In your profile page, you can find a summary of your votes at the bottom. But to see the detailed history of your votes, click on the votes tab in the your profile. In your case, the page for your profile is at http://meta.askubuntu.com/users/263205/a-j?tab=votes. (Votes are private, so this page is private for your eyes only. Not even mods can see it.)


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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 ...


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I also vote for things I see being down-voted when I don't agree on the votes. Similarly, I'm fairly sure that isn't what you're supposed to do but when people drive-by down-vote and there's nothing wrong, what other option are you really left with? Ideally everybody would leave a comment when they down-voted... But that's clearly not what happens. There is ...


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I would disagree. These questions are often duplicates of more-obvious canonical ones, which may be more general, but do solve the problem. By looking at the mouseover text of the downvote button, you will see that it states: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful (click again to undo) and since a search on AU or ...


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First one: subjective question low quality down-vote is understandable Second one: lacks details needed to give a real answer low quality down-vote is understandable Third one I don't understand the down-votes Fourth one: we can't possibly field- How to compile each and every package from source It is a duplicate of general tar.gz compilation ...


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Although I think terdon's answer is the main reason for the number of upvotes, I'd like to add a couple more reasons that help as well. And since you specifically mentioned the homepage in your question. Questions on Meta aren't near as frequent as on the main site. So the questions tend to last longer on the homepage, which allows them to accumulate more ...


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People get closed posts wrong. Closing a posts means that either there is no quality in it enough to meet the site's standards, or simply its a useless question (either a dupe, or really not a post per se). That is an opportunity to actually improve the post, should be taken as one and its meant to be taken as such. No comments? What do you mean? There is a ...


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I have to agree with your assessment of the recent question quality. This may be just due to an influx of new users who think any question they can't answer must be a good one. To be fair, I have no doubt that I made similar mistakes in my early days here. I try to make it a practice to only up-vote questions that clearly comply with the guidelines. In my ...


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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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Good question A few thoughts & observations I made over the years: Voting on Meta questions and answers is often not done on strictly rational grounds. Two posts, in fact saying the same, can have opposite voting. Even in a time span of a few days. Although we try to make things generic, questions and answers on meta are often strongly related to, and ...


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Ok so out of these four: Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 on 1TB This can probably be a duplicate for What's your recommendation on drive partitioning schemes for a desktop and home server? but he has some other specific questions about platter size and stuff I can't find on the site, so that question might actually be able to be made really interesting ...


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