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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the point of voting in meta

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" ...
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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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Why is my answer being downvoted?

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 ...
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How to see list of votes I made?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Why can you not downvote comments?

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....
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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 ...
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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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Always Allow Voting and Commenting Privleges For Users With More than 200 on other Stack Exchange Sites

By offering a bounty, you're giving something up in exchange for... well, advertising. What exactly you give up depends on what you have, but at very least you're giving up some amount of status and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Why is my answer being downvoted?

You: Removed the function because you thought it unnecessary. Removed some unnecessary elifs Changed the order of the conditionals Those are the 3 downvotes, right there because: The OP very ...
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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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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 ...
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