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Should I downvote answers to a duplicate question?

No. Answers should be judged entirely on their merit. Is it helpful? ➜ Up-vote, move on. Is it not helpful? ➜ Down-vote, move on. Is it neither? ➜ Move on. Is it plagiarised? ➜ Flag. If the answer ...
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Isn't silent downvoting becoming too much frequent?

I agree that leaving a comment is always more helpful than a silent downvote. Yet, there is no way to force people to do so. So once that's out of the way, we come to the idea of encouraging people to ...
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Please exercise your votes

As a longtime sporadic SE lurker, it didn't even occur to me that voting could affect the page until I read this post. Seriously. I've been on the Stack Exchanges for a little over 3 years now, and I ...
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What is the purpose of downvotes on questions?

Closure and downvotes are meant to be very different things for very different purposes. Closure is the process that stops some questions from getting answers. Closing is the official "sorry, this ...
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Why are my questions downvoted for no reason?

Disclaimer: I can't answer for everybody, it is a "feature" of Stack Exchange that upvotes and downvotes are personal. On one hand I can empathise with you: it's good to have a natural ...
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why do we lose rep when we downvote answers

There's this Supernova user. I really don't like their avatar and I want to downvote everything they say. I don't care that's not a valid reason for voting and votes should only be on the content, not ...
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Why is this question down voted? What is the tradition in here?

As I keep telling everyone everywhere, the real reason someone, or a group of people, downvoted your post is something only they can confirm. We can only say why a post like yours might or might not ...
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Targeted downvotes?

If not, could the moderators please shed light on who is doing the downvoting? No we can't; if we could, we wouldn't. Voting is private, and if the user casting votes did not want to clarify why, ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

Re andselisk's comment: I agree that talking about individual cases helps to elucidate possible recurring problems. However, it's impossible for us to exhaustively explain downvotes/close votes on ...
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Should a down vote require a comment

I always try to leave a complaining comment when I downvote, except when the reason is already given as a comment (then I'll upvote that). I guess this is a best practice scenario though. A one-...
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How to improve my question “How can warm steel and wood merge together?”?

At face value a downvote implies a person did not find the post useful. Voting is anonymous and I cannot confirm the reasons, but in the case of your post I could hazard a guess as to why it was ...
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Why so many low-quality questions with negative votes?

Question quality is never really as high as I would like it to be. There will always be subpar questions, which is one consequence of having a low bar to asking questions (you don't even need an ...
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Regarding anonymous downvotes

I'm afraid I can't serve as a personal consultant for every post, so this will be my last. However, I suspect that some of the issues brought up in my previous comment, as well as the ones here, are ...
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Why do we downvote without commenting?

Honestly, I don't get what the exact question is, and the more I look at it the more it resembles a rant. There are at least three loosely bound topics raised, which were discussed on Meta numerous ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

I now realize that theoretically a single community member could be responsible for the frequent -1 votes. On the flipside, I as a single community member could change that by upvoting all the ...
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Please exercise your votes

I personally try to avoid downvoting new users. In addition, I think the reputation that is needed for some "privileges" are somewhat silly. I personally dislike the fact that you need a certain ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

Following up on Karsten's SEDE query, the following is a plot of the fraction of votes that were upvotes, by month. There isn't anything enormously surprising there. I would not expect the fraction ...
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Downvoted without reason

Firstly I'll give you my answer to your original question. There isn't going to be a book that gives you firm rules on how to compare different effects and when they dominate. The reason is because ...
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Are downvoted questions bad?

Just to repeat what the others have already said, which I agree with, a downvoted question is not necessarily bad. On the other side of the same coin, an upvoted question is not necessarily good, and ...
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Why exactly has the question and answer received multiple downvotes?

I can only reiterate what has been said in the comments. I have absolutely no explanation for those downvotes. The downvoters (on these specific posts, in this specific case!) should declare why they ...
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What to do if I receive down-votes?

I think the issue you're running into is that the anonymity of this site allows individuals who like to "throw stones" to down-vote willy-nilly, purely for their cynical personal ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

I think this question is somewhat equivalent to asking "do we appreciate questions from new members", since I'm guessing it's the new members who most typically ask the questions that get ...
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Are downvoted questions bad?

I'll keep it short: I don't think your question is homeworkish. You are confused about some thermodynamics concepts and it's absolutely okay to ask. I think it got downvoted because of lack of ...
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