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We seem to be over-eager to downvote

Take this question: Dark matter clumping This is an excellent question and the answer is not at all obvious. I assume it was downvoted just because it's a duplicate, but is this really appropriate? ...
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Increase weight of downvotes?

I am newer to the SE community so forgive any naivete. I suspect this is a recurring issue, but I regularly come across users whose reputation continually increases despite many incorrect, or ...
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Why isn't bad content downvoted and commented on enough

In SE sites other than SO, there is a less strict "policy". Less down-votes, easier to up-vote, more "caring" people. Good: There is a big upside for an SE site to being less strict: it promotes ...
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Mass of a coin question went viral, despite inital downvotes and negative comments

I noticed that this question from a new user, Can I compute the mass of a coin based on the sound of its fall? went viral, attracting tens of thousands of views and hundreds of votes. The numbers ...
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Re: Downvoting with no feedback

I have tried very hard to comply with the spirit of this forum but obviously still have not got the hang of it. I write a short comment and then am told it should be an answer. I answer a question ...
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Why are simple questions downvoted?

Why are questions like "Why does objects with zero acceleraton move?" downvoted? To me it seems like a person genuinely wanting to understand a physical concept and coming here for help. It just ...
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How to deal with negative responses on SE due to personal grudge?

Let's do a thought experiment. Suppose that an SE user X recently encountered an SE user Y who, after X refused to mark Y's answer as accepted, probably downvoted X's question, marked it as a ...
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Is this considered bad attitude?

In my post Imagine I'm on a spacecraft that was accelerated to 1.0$c$ could I only move backwards?, I asked something that came into my mind and I wasn't able to find an answer for it here. After ...
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

I am bothered by answers chosen by OP questions which are evidently wrong within standard peer reviewed physics , this is an example Since one of the aims of the site is to be searchable and be a ...
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Not unclear if there's an answer

I have noticed the "unclear what you're asking" close reason misused multiple times (if asked, I can provide links, but I can think of many). However, there was one recent case that made me write this ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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Downvoting serial answers without serial downvoting

In the past days I've encountered a particular user who has made a "serial answering": he has answered several different (even uncorrelated) question with almost the same answer and the same sketches. ...
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Massive downvotes of some questions

On occasions, some questions (usually posted by less experienced users) get massively downvoted - say, score of -5 or less. Given the reputation cannot go below 1, is there a practical site ...
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A weird spike in downvotes in May 2013

As of today there's a pretty neat new privilege, site analytics, that lets you see a couple of neat graphs. I was playing around with it and noticed something odd: a very strong spike in downvotes in ...
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Does serial downvoting mean that my answers are bad?

I am getting serially downvoted now. Five questions were downvoted in short order. Are the answers I gave so bad? See: Links to the answers: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/486605/ https://...
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When should authors voluntarily delete a post once it gets negative votes?

I have an answer voted -5 to this question, and I'm not sure if I should delete it. On the one hand, it's completely wrong and ludicrous. Yet on the other, there's useful comments and links that ...
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A Problem With a User

From time to time, I've written up substantial answers to naive questions about special relativity, sometimes illustrating them with space-time diagrams and explaining how to read them. Apparently ...
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What differently can I do to be helpful to the community by answering?

When I joined Stack Exchange I started answering questions and gained a positive response from the community. But these days, I don't feel like my answers help anyone anymore. If you look into my ...
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Should existing vote tally ever be considered when voting?

It seems obvious--the choice to upvote or downvote a question or answer should be based solely on the content. But it's sometimes difficult to ignore what appear to be unfair tallies. I sometimes ...
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Down-voting and no comments

In these sites, down-voting has become a passion to prove intelligence. Yesterday, I got two upvoted answers downvoted simultaneously (Someone has down-voted both within 1 min). I think they're too ...
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Is this a bad question? Or a poor fit for this site?

I wrote this question yesterday, and it got a downvote. I'm not unhappy about it, but I feel that I don't understand why. Is my question not relevant for this site? I have almost no formal ...
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Why was this question hated by the community?

I was digging into my old posts to see if I could improve them. There was a question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/82449/. Though it is deleted but the high rep users might be able to read ...
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Should downvoters have to comment on why they did it?

Inspired by the fact I got downvoted for this answer and cannot tell exactly why given the question was pretty vague and I don't think the OP was the one doing it either. I am starting to think that ...
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How do I write better answers?

I haven't written many answers, but after I have identified what the user is asking, I usually go with a conversational tone, going over whatever has a question mark over it and any context supporting ...
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Should One Downvote a Question While Voting to Close It?

The title pretty much conveys what I want to ask but I would elaborate a bit. If a question is appropriate to be closed due to either of the listed reasons for a question to be closed, should one also ...
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How can I remove a downvote?

After a clarifying discussion I see that my downvote was not necessary. Do I have to wait until the post is edited and then upvote or is there another possibility?
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Downvoting an answer not using math formatting

Is it ok to downvote an answer when the user refused to use LaTeX math formatting and instead wrote out all equations in bold text or worse no formatting at all? ...
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Why are questions downvoted without an explanation?

It seems like just giving an answer or asking a question someone doesn't like causes you to lose reputation yet the people who downvote are not required to list why they did so. At this point after ...
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How can answerers learn, if the downvotes on their answers are not justified?

I am not going to link the specific answer that prompted me to write this post because I want to make a general point. I am aware of the policy of not forcing users to comment when they downvote, as ...
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A greyed answer

I recently came across Solving the problem. Although the user who posted a completely off topic post about cooking, which garnered 6 down-votes in 5 seconds has removed it. However, I noticed that ...
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How do I Report Stalking?

I am trying to get most out of stackexchange by asking and answering, and as a human, I do go wrong. I am sure that the right way to point it out is by a downvote, and/or a comment, but then looking ...
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Is there anyway we can require a person to write something to explain a downvote?

It's pretty obvious when someone upvotes your question or answer they like it and the physics is reasonable or correct - but when someone downvotes its often ambiguous if they have a legitimate ...
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Why are there so many downvotes? [duplicate]

Is it because the quality of questions is low? Or is the Physics stackexchange a bit more hostile than other ones? Should the physics stackexchange community work harder on being more welcoming? (...
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Please can someone explain the precise mechanics of reversing a downvote? [closed]

IMO, this should be in the faq's. I find the system as it is moderately confusing. Having downvoted a Question or an Answer, I believe I can reverse my downvote by clicking the downvote button again, ...
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When does down-voting become harmful to the site?

While I welcome anyone to disagree, it is completely plausible to me that scenarios involving a "culture of down-voters" could become a negative burden on the site, and actually discourage potential ...
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Why is this a bad question to even ask in the first place?

I posted a relatively simple question regarding syntax that I didn't understand: What does self-closing bra-ket mean in Robetson-Schrodinger Uncertainty Relation? I received 2 one-word responses ...
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Understanding down votes on answers

I recently received two down votes in one day on an answer that was submitted more than a year ago (accepted answer), unfortunately without any comments. At the same time as the down votes, the ...
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I am not able to understand what should I do on this question to avoid it from being downvoted?

Please help me understanding about How I should improve my questions like this- How does torque operate? What will be going on with disc? from being downvoted? I think I have given the specific ...
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A downvoted question vs. a very well-received duplicate version of the same question!

Some months ago I asked a question entitled The "Satellite Paradox": Twin paradox in orbiting satellites, and a duplicate version entitled Special Relativity in Free Fall has recently ...
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How exactly do you answer questions?

Two of my answers were downvoted recently and the reason was that though they gave quite a bit of information, all of it wasn't entirely accurate and had a few errors. The main cause of this is ...
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After Down Vote, my reputation gets less

Why is that when I down vote a post then 2 of my reputation gets deducted?
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Why is this question being downvoted?

Can a harmonic oscillator have different maximum potential and kinetic energy? What should I do to make it upvoted? Was I not clear in the question or what is it? I haven't particularly asked help ...
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Does downvoting cost reputation?

I just downvoted an answer. (In this case because it was more of a comment than an answer.) As soon as I downvoted, I got a -1 in my reputation. Is it supposed to be like this, or is it some technical ...
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

If I downvote an answer there is a -1 reputation change. Even though, downvotes and upvotes are supposed to be anonymous. There is a slight chance that user might visit my profile and can see my -1 ...
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Serial downvoting of my old question [duplicate]

I am banned from asking questions on the main site due to the previous four questions. I wrote them when I just joined the site almost one year ago, but in recent days I am getting downvoted on my ...
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What the site will do if a user with little/no knowledge of physics down-votes me when I answer his question correctly?

What the site will do if a user with little/no knowledge of physics down-votes me when I answer his/her question correctly, but that user assumes that my answer is not helpful-answer to the question ...
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What can I do to improve this question which I posted?

Recently I posted this question about Stefan-Boltzmann law which ended up getting three downvotes over the days. So, I'm wondering what exactly I did wrong. I had asked for help from a friend and ...
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why negative voted questions are hidden from featured list?

It's something special with negative numbers? there is something like an absolute zero for votes? I can't understand why zero is so important. I would like my question be seen in the list, I have ...
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Why does the downvote still persist even after I removed my downvoted answer?

I posted an answer to Why is any number divided by 0 is infinite?; it was rather too short, I confess [but correct], & this might prompted someone to downvote me; my rep got decreased by 2. Then I ...
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Downvoting and Reputation-Loss

On down-voting an answer, the person who downvoted, loses 1 reputation point. This is a practice that has been started here to prevent misuse of the option to downvote. However, no reputation is lost ...