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Please use edits to substantially improve the posts they are attached to. Please do not use trivial edits as backdoors to enable site features that are inaccessible to you for some reason.

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There is always a random element to voting. Votes not only refer to the raw content of a question but also its presentation: How easy it is to read (due to formatting) and understand, how well it makes its argument. That two questions ask about the same phenomenon does not mean both of them are equally "good questions" in this sense, and your ...

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Only you can see the -1s that come from downvoting. If I look at your reputation history the SE hides the -1s from downvoting so I cannot see them. In principle some careful observation could detect that there had been a -1. For example if I happened to note that your reputation was 2000 yesterday, and you downvoted in the period since then, I could tally up ...

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I find your answer to be overly long; the essential remains buried somewhere within the technical. The quote is the second part is long and unnecessary and in fact confusing as it goes into tangents on vibrations and such stuff. The second part (containing the quote) is in fact neatly summarized by the last paragraph of this part, which makes the rest moot. ...

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This is a typical check-my-work problem that IMO is not terribly interesting beyond answering a specific question by the OP. I didn’t downvote the question, but I did vote to close: there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the question but I do think if people ask too many questions of this type the site will become a homework help site and will lose its ...

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I don't have the time to go look at your answers, but this happens all of the time. Sometimes posters of questions are here for a quick answer. Once they see something they like they don't up vote or choose an accepted answer, and often they are never seen again. Other times it depends on time of activity. Some questions just don't get a lot of views. Some ...

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I don't entirely follow what you're concerned about here with respect to downvotes, but everyone can see on your profile when you last took an action on the site (subject to caching, this time is only accurate to within a few minutes): Beyond that there is nothing other users could see of your activity - unless of course you do something visible like write ...

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Does this show that there might be some contributors who have mistaken me for a crank... Your own profile states that As a dissident scientist, I could finally publish some articles against Einstein's relativity, showing that the theory is paradoxical, in some ordinary peer-reviewed journals. Some of these articles were rejected over 100 times by many ...

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Well... if you want clarifications you can use comments for that. Speaking for myself I downvote questions mostly because I believe they are inappropriate - poor or no prior research, easy duplicates of another question already posted, poor typesetting, downright silly. I downvote answers because at least some elements are incorrect. In both cases I want ...

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I did not see your question until now, but it is easy to see why it was downvoted. The part about why is it spelt that way is a question about language, not physics. It could even be opinion based. So that's two possible ways that part is off-topic. Why is it not a metric unit (in fact it is) is a question only the people who make decisions on the ...

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I did not downvote your answer (I did not even see it until I saw this meta post), but to my mind the biggest problem with it is right at the beginning, where you derive the equation $K=p^2/(2m)$ and conclude that KE is a function of momentum and mass. This is of course true for a particle but not for a system of more than one particle, which is what the OP ...

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When I got three downvotes I felt that maybe I am doing something very incorrect ... Not necessarily. Your answer got two upvotes as well, so some people liked it. If I were you I would focus on the bigger picture, which is that your answers are mostly getting upvotes and your reputation is steadily increasing. Speaking personally, if one of my answers gets ...

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Yes, you lose reputation for downvoting answers (but not questions). See this post on the central meta for more discussion on this.

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I've looked through all your zero-score answers, and the thing that I noticed first of all was not the quality of your answers: instead it's the quality of the questions. Notice how a sizable portion of the questions (5 out of 11) either are now closed, or have zero score. These factors influence number of views, which is less than 50 for each of these ...

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I was bit surprised to see your question had been so heavily downvoted. It's a perfectly good question and indeed serves as a good way to understand the intricacies surrounding time dilation. The fact it attracted six excellent answers suggests I am not alone in this. I can't comment on the reasons why people downvoted, but I suspect they had misunderstood ...

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Disclaimer: Individual users are free to vote as they please - if these specific users haven't seen fit to leave a comment on your question, it's unlikely they'll feel compelled to answer here either, and ultimately only they know why they voted the way they did. I haven't voted on your question either way at the time of writing this answer. You write in ...

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Maybe certain users view it as a kind of "check my work problem" (I view it this way, hence my vote to close). You are asking others to check the work you are doing and compare it to / check the work done by someone else as well. Also some users are very quick to down vote a question that involves a simple mechanics exercise thinking that a user is just ...

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Personally, I think that we should not use up/down-votes to indicate (dis)agreement on non-feature-request questions. The reason why is that if a lot of people down-vote a question because of disagreement, that would indicate that it is a useful question that should be addressed, while giving it the appearance of being low-quality or not useful. In other ...

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