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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Of your 65 answers to date, you've written 59 in the last ten days. If you continued at that pace for very long, you would become one of the most prolific answerers of questions in our community. ...
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Unusual Upvote Trends (Discussion)

To the right of every page is the Hot Network Questions list. If you note the list carefully, you'll find the question you linked to appear on the list: While not the clearest picture (looks better ...
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

Part of the problem is that we are not always sympathetic to questions from the less experienced physics fans. In this case the question had attracted two downvotes and no answers by the time I added ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Rob's answer covers most of the ground, but I'll chime in with some additional comments. I hope that I create enough reputation and put my Stackexchange reputation in my CV. So, the reputation points ...
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What is a good mentality about casting votes responsibly?

Voting isn't really meant to be about satisfying the rules of the site. We have other mechanisms for discouraging/improving posts that don't follow the rules (like putting on hold). The intent of ...
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Age - Score Relation

Are there fewer votes on old answers? Using my recent Data Query Age-Score correlation, I gathered the average net scores of answers as a function of the number of days between the answer posting date ...
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Unusual Upvote Trends (Discussion)

That's nothing! I got 24 votes for a picture of a fly's foot :-) I suspect that the vast majority of the site members are interested amateurs rather than physics students or people being paid to do ...
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Why are many of my questions closed?

Without specific instances, it is hard to say. But I have looked through your list of questions available to me (you may have deleted more, but I can't see those), I challenge your assertions. Of 27 ...
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Is PSE getting "flash mob" questions?

Afaict this is caused by "hot network questions". A question that is approachable to laymen sees a burst of interest which gets it into the hot network questions list. This brings in a hoard of ...
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Asking for an upvote to my *correct* answer to a 5-year-old question

Honestly, asking people to upvote your answer is considered to be in bad taste. So the blunt answer is no, we won't upvote your answer because you asked us to. What you can do, however, is post a ...
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Should existing vote tally ever be considered when voting?

Users are encouraged to vote. You decide what are quality posts on Phys.SE and what are not. Voting should always be based on content, never on previous votes. E.g. comfort-voting is strongly ...
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Age - Score Relation

This seemed like an interesting question, so I figured I'd do some research, too. I started with Kyle's SEDE query, and made a few changes to it: Since the original question was about answering old ...
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Can anyone show me any mathematical equation in duplicate?

The most-upvoted answer to that question is a great example of discussing mathematics as opposed to doing mathematics. The meat of the answer is [T]he real problem is not so much ...
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Are people voting less than they used to on Physics SE?

These statistics are included in the site analytics page (25k+ rep). There is generally a lull in posting rates in the summer and over the winter holidays, but the trend on the votes is less marked. ...
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Why did someone downvote my question without reading it completely?

All disciplines have their specialised language i.e. terms that have precise meanings. Some of these terms my be unique to the discipline while others will be terms used in everyday life but ...
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I am being serial downvoted or something else

Jen, I've seen that your posts are attracting a lot of downvotes, and as dmckee mentioned it is not due to a serial downvoter, so chances are that the quality of your questions are not upto the mark, ...
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I am being serial downvoted or something else

Serial voting is well addressed in the Meta Stack Exchange post What is serial voting and how does it affect me?, and the short of it is that in essentially all the cases that matter, serial voting (...
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What is an unupvote and why does it cost more rep points than a downvote?

An "unupvote" is the removal of an upvote, and consequently removes the rep gain associated with that vote. In my experience they are fairly rare. They are distinct from a down vote (though the effect ...
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Downvote caused upvote

Who knows, maybe two other people upvoted the answer at the same time? I wouldn't worry too much about the number. Just refresh the page or open it in a new tab and see if that shows a more reasonable ...
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

You can get notified when posts are edited by using the Stack Overflow Extras extension script. However it's been declined on the mother meta. If you were able to change your vote on a post as much ...
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Why is this question being downvoted?

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 ...
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

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 ...
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Why did I get 20 reputation without any upvote or bookmark?

FWIW, the -4 negative reputation points for the 2 downvotes (which were cast before the upvotes) were exceptionally not counted because that would have resulted in a total non-positive reputation for ...
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Once a question has retained one net upvote, is it undesirable for each answerer to upvote it?

You should up vote any question you think deserves an up vote. Usually this is for reasons such as it fits well on the site, it is clear, etc. I don't think there needs to be anything beyond this. We ...
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'Stalking', Reverse-Voting and the scope of "Serial Downvoting" Confusion

The standard reference for this is What is serial voting and how does it affect me? at Meta Stack Exchange. Note in particular that it does not give specifics on what will and will not trigger a ...
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Is showing thanks via serial upvoting acceptable?

No. Votes on answers (or questions) should be votes on answers (or questions) - upvoting or downvoting answers because of their authors instead of their content defeats the whole purpose of voting.
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Please down vote questions carefully

I think that you're making a big mistake in essentially assuming that ones own voting behavior should be based on that of others. To me, a person's vote is nothing more than that person's personal ...
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Should I prefer the most up-voted answer or the accepted answer?

I would personally suggest using the most upvoted answer, when compared to a negatively scored accepted answer. That is because the "Accepted Answer" only reflects what the person asking the question ...
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