So, I came in today, and saw that nearly every newest tab item (or atleast many of them) had -1 to -4 downvotes, Is someone serial downvoting? or are the questions literally that bad?

I dont want to start anything about questions being good or bad, so im just curious.

seeing this alot:

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  • I do realise that these are newer players who may not know the rules or how to ask questions correctly, but this is the most downvotes Ive seen in quite a while, ateast since that time I got serial downvoted... Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:59
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    Looks like the common denominator is Minecraft, for the most part. That gets the vast majority of our low quality questions.
    – Frank
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 2:39
  • Don't worry about a score of -1, there can always be someone having a bad day or whatever. I can't read the -3 question fully, but it looks like bad grammar and probably not containing too many helpful details (it starts like the usual rambly questions and "Hypixel", "bedwars" or "factions" are surprisingly often contained in very bad questions). The -4 question seems to ask how to do something impossible, which is technically valid, I guess, but very unhelpful. Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 21:02
  • @FabianRöling Yeah, but I thought there was atleast a system set in place that would help newer players adjust to rules and regulations. Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 22:23
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    There are lots of those systems, people just don't read what's right in front of them. Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 22:42
  • Ok, I just wasnt really sure. Anyways thanks. Commented Aug 13, 2019 at 0:01

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I didn't downvote these questions, everyone's votes are anonymous, and people can vote for a variety of reasons. the downvote tooltip (seen when hovering over it) states:

This question does not show any research effort; it's unclear or not useful

Having said that, I can hazard a few guesses as to why this particular crop of questions are downvoted:

(-1) : How to add custom textures

This sounds ok, but is probably fairly simple task that a google search would solve. 'Does not show any research effort' would probably apply.

(-1) : Pokemon Go: High attack or low CP?

This question is awfully brief. It doesn't show any prior research, or even give examples, just poses the question without any context. This would be worthy of a downvote.

However - as a casual Pokemon Go player myself - it is an interesting question: I actually think this is a 'Good Subjective' question - the trade-off of attack power vs overall 'Combat Power' is pretty nuanced, and a Pokemon Go expert could give a quite an in-depth answer to this. If it ended up getting a couple more downvotes, it would be a good candidate for answerers to earn the Lifejacket, Lifeboat or Reversal Badges.

Having said all that, I'm like 99% sure this is a duplicate question here on Arqade. (Edit: I was right)

(-1) : How to edit the Minecraft Windows 10 splash text?

Again, seems to be a valid question but probably one that's solved by a little bit of searching/effort.

(-4) : Items up for trade in Steam

Sounds like this is looking for a way to circumvent Steam trading restrictions. More than likely against Steam's TOS. I'd personally downvote this and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets closed.

(-1) : How do you give yourself a block that can only be placed on a certain block in Minecraft 1.14?

Just based on the summary text, I don't think the asker has given what their attempted solution was, only that older solutions don't work for them. In any case, it sounds like the question is an attempt to get fresh answers to old questions, and is therefore probably a duplicate.*

* This is something we as a community might need to tackle sometime soon as well, as we don't have a real good solution for the 'new user -> duplicate question -> outdated answer' problem and stuff like this comes up often.

(-3) : my friend can't play on my minecraft world

This is definitely, 100% a duplicate. A very common question that gets asked.

To conclude, this isn't some new trend, or our users having a 'bad day' or something, they just aren't the best crop of questions.

Also note that a single downvote in itself, isn't a problem - it's once you start seeing 3 to 4 downvotes pile up, it might mean something is seriously wrong here.

The questions you are seeing do have some issues that a downvote would be an appropriate action for. But don't let that stop you from voting another way and/or editing them to be in better shape.

  • Well Trust me I see these questions have problems, but theres so many, at this point maybe the expected Standards should be... lowered? I guess? Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 22:22
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    Or, perhaps, we should expect users to adhere to those standards instead of giving up on them, @TaylorSpark?
    – Frank
    Commented Aug 13, 2019 at 0:49
  • @Frank Good point. I was just wondering why everything was being downvoted, but I guess its fine. Commented Aug 13, 2019 at 12:37

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