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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

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 ...
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Let's NOT participate in the one-rep voting experiment

I assumed this was opt in, so the default would be for us to not be in it, but if isn't, I'd agree, we shouldn't be in it. Ask Ubuntu is a top-5 Stack Exchange site in terms of registered users (№ 3!),...
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Are votes more dramatic on Meta?

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 ...
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Are we being too generous to (incorrect) answers?

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: ...
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General Voting Etiquette

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 ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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Exchange votes or favours

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 ...
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Please don't just vote posts up because you feel sorry for them getting voted down

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. ...
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You can vote - do it!

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 ...
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Only 30 days and -1 to remove a question?

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 ...
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Exchange votes or favours

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 ...
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Voting for more questions and how to find them

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 ...
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What is considered a community consensus on Meta?

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 ...
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Are votes more dramatic on Meta?

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 ...
Dan's user avatar
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What is considered a community consensus on Meta?

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 ...
Jacob Vlijm's user avatar
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Let's NOT participate in the one-rep voting experiment

Just a counterpoint, consider the type of traffic we get. Ask Ubuntu is a technical site, making us somewhat less sticky than the er, deductive science sites. A lot of our traffic follows this pattern:...
Oli's user avatar
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Why is this question about the solar eclipse so heavily downvoted?

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 ...
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Disturbing voting trends

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 ...
Elder Geek's user avatar
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Spontaneous Reputation Loss

I didn't down-vote any of your posts. I did make a suggestion to improve one...before you deleted it. You're absolutely right that it's awful when somebody is clearly being mean. Many of us have ...
user535733's user avatar
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Disturbing voting trends

Upvotes should be only for questions which have details of what exactly is the problem and what they have done till now to solve it. Meanwhile, new users can sometimes ask questions which look ...
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I don't know how to title this

I agree with you that the number of incorrect* off-topic - not about Ubuntu close votes has seemed particularly high of late. In addition to the two you mentioned, I've noticed that questions about ...
Zanna's user avatar
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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

I down-vote for various reasons. Sometimes I explain it, sometimes I do not. I have reasons for that too. To down-vote is a fundamental right of any SE user with enough rep. Period.
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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

I love the list of "Unexplained downvote reasons" and agree that downvoting without constructive criticism isn't an effective method of training. Further downvoting just because you don't agree with ...
Elder Geek's user avatar
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Should I be able to change my vote if an answer becomes outdated? Or should I take another action?

In these cases, I edit the answer to add a note like This answer was valid for Ubuntu 20.04 and previous versions. For Ubuntu 20.10 and later versions, see this answer (link). In case the new ...
Archisman Panigrahi's user avatar
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Does voting up have to be serious?

I for one take voting very seriously. I upvote questions that I answer as clearly I found them interesting enough to answer them. Ideally they should meet the minimum guidelines. This might be after ...
Elder Geek's user avatar
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What is your consideration when downvoting, what are your criteria?

My biggest criteria for downvoting are as follows: Inaccuracy. On a question / answer based support website, providing accurate, applicable, reliable answers to questions is the number one priority. ...
Adam Hayes's user avatar
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Please consider leaving feedback on votes for new users

A great proposal. I think when down-voting anyone you should give a comment. Indeed I think the software suggests you do so. We all started with rep zero. We are all human beings with feelings and ...
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Why is this question about the solar eclipse so heavily downvoted?

I deleted this. The OP requested it but that's where I was going anyway. The question is nonsense. No hypothesis, no suggestion, no correlation, not even a citation of what they'd actually heard, and ...
Oli's user avatar
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Voting for more questions and how to find them

Be careful with upvoting excessively! (just have a look at my reputation stats) I used to upvote every day until I ran out of upvotes and a lot of other people did so too. As you end up voting for ...
Fabby's user avatar
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Only 30 days and -1 to remove a question?

Is it just me, or is this far to heavy handed? I agree it is too heavy handed. I agree that amending the threshold to -3 would be better. Some considerations: downvoters use it to delete questions ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Spontaneous Reputation Loss

Fun fact, when you get serial downvoted or attacked by reputation, the system is kinda smart. Here's what your reputation tracker says: Downvotes on your posts which were then removed led to ...
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