This is how the site is designed.
Upvoting and downvoting are some of the many privileges that are unlocked that require 15 and 125 reputation respectively. Downvoting will lower users reputation, so you need to be more established in the site before unlocking this privilege.
There's a proposed FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange precisely about this topic. @arghtype's answer summarizes the main differences.
when should I consider using each of them?
You should use the 'follow' feature when:
you want to receive inbox notifications
you want to keep the fact that you're following a post private
you want to keep a reference to an answer,...
There's likely no "Cruel Hacker" deleting your posts. Posts can be deleted for all kinds of reasons. See this Meta post for more explanation of why posts might get deleted:How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?
Downvotes happen for all sorts of reasons. If ...
Asking for users to give you free robux (or for that matter, any in-game currency) is definitely off-topic. We're a site about getting expert answers to gaming questions, rather than about requests for resources (free or otherwise).
However, if Robux is a currency that can be earned in-game, then asking for ways to earn robux (using tricks or methods that ...
After reviewing this deletion with the mod team, I've gone ahead and reversed the deletion on your answer. Sorry for the long turn around time on this, but it can be difficult to wrangle all of us moderators together over the weekend.
Additionally, the mod team was hoping you could expand the textual part of your answer a bit to include more details on what ...
You can take a look at the FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange: What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?
What makes something rude or abusive and when should I flag it?
A post should be marked as rude or abusive (formerly known as offensive) if it contains hate speech, obscenities, abuse against people, or abuse of the ...
A bounty offered on a question cannot be awarded to the person who offered the bounty. See the help page.
How is a bounty awarded?
The bounty period lasts 7 days. Bounties must have a minimum duration of at least 1 day. After the bounty ends, there is a grace period of 24 hours to manually award the bounty. Simply click the bounty award icon next to each ...
This is a new change as of today:
Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange Left Navigation update - will appear later this afternoon.
If you belong to private Teams, Free or Basic, your Teams will be listed in the left navigation on most Stack Exchange sites. Currently, they appear only when you are visiting Stack Overflow.
If you don’t belong to any teams, there ...
You've cast 329 up-/downvotes, as shown in this widget:
but for the Electorate badge only votes on questions count, and you only have 324 of those.
The 25% rule is comparing your votes on questions (324) to your total votes (329), so you have a percentage of 324/329 = 98%.
@Glorfindel is correct - you had an answer flagged as spam.
You linked to a survey-site offering "Free" Robux for completing surveys.
While you may not have known - those types of sites are typically very shady (if not outright scams), and should be avoided at all costs. Typically these sites are trying to steal accounts by offering ...
See The Follow Questions and Answers feature is now live across the Network .
Followed questions/answers will generate notifications in top bar similar to answers to your questions or upvotes.
Followed questions/answers are private to you.
Bookmarked questions are public and anyone can check which questions you bookmarked on your profile page....
Bounties cannot be refunded. It looks like the answer was given it because it met the criteria for automatic rewarding:
They were posted after the bounty was started, and
They have a score of at least 2 (at the time the automatic awarding takes place), and
They were not written by the bounty starter.
So half the amount was given to the person who got it ...
In the First Posts and Late Answers review queues, only 1 "Reviewed" or "No Action Needed" review takes the item out of the queue. While comments stating that a post is not an answer are nice, all of these posts required further attention. In these cases, the correct action would have been to flag the post as Not An Answer, marking them ...
Looking at your reputation history, I can't help but conclude that you must have had a post flagged as spam or rude/abusive; if six users (or a ♦ moderator) flag a post as such, you'll lose 100 reputation. Your reputation tab should show which post it was. (Other ordinary users like me can't see those.)
"Community Wiki" just means that that answer is not attributed to any one author, and thus can be expanded on by anyone. It also doesn't award reputation to anyone. There is not actually a wiki on the Arqade site.
I am not one of the downvoters, but in the specific case, the biggest thing for me is that most of your answer is just a fairly long list of links to external resources, and the rest is pretty much just paraphrasing one of them.
There's nothing inherently wrong with this approach, you're not in "not an answer" territory or anything, since it isn't ...
Ah, I see the confusion. The criteria for that badge is that you must be the first to answer a question, answer it 30+ days after it being asked, and have that answer be accepted with a score of 2+. Your answer for that question was written two days after the question was asked, and thus is not eligible for the Revival badge.
Game identification questions are only allowed when you have a screenshot, video, or anything beyond a description. The wording "This tag is only for identifying games in movies, pictures, videos, advertisements or otherwise where an unknown game appears" doesn't make that clear, so I've changed the tag excerpt to:
Only ask if you have a ...
No, there is no exception for answers to your own question when it comes to up- and downvotes; the only exception is the ability to post comments on them, because that is sometimes necessary to get a satisfactory answer. The accept vote is sort of like an 1.5 upvote (looking at reputation gained) and it will pin the answer to the top, giving it more ...
I've gone ahead and cast the deciding undelete vote, since this was just Community cleaning up a question with no activity for a year.
In the future, a custom moderator flag would also bring this kind of situation to our attention.
Comments are meant to be for short temporary discussion, clarifications, or to add relevant but minor/transient information to the post (such as links to related questions).
The comments on that question were removed by a moderator because they weren't needed to stick around over the long-term. Especially considering that an answer was posted, which pretty ...
Done! - I've removed the Community Wiki status from the two listed answers for you.
For future scenarios, here's some help center guidance for when posts should be considered for Community Wiki status:
When should I make my answers Community Wiki?
When you want to enhance the "wiki" aspect of your post, so that it can be a continually evolving ...
Put your file on MediaFire, Dropbox, or some other public file sharing site, copy its link and put it into your post, preferably using link syntax ([click here](https://gaming.stackexchange.com)) instead of a direct URL https://gaming.meta.stackexchange.com/q/15632/250180 because that looks so ugly and painful to my eyes.
Hopefully you know this already, but ...
You mean this, taken right now from your meta profile?
That information is cached (up to 24 hours, IIRC), so that explains why you don't see that information for new users. For other users, the score or number of posts may be a bit outdated.
Yes, usernames revert to the default 'userXXXX' username when an account is deleted.
Users can be deleted for a variety of reasons. To go into specifics why particular user(s) were deleted would be a violation of the privacy of that user.
In order for a tag to exist, a question needs to exist first. Go ahead and ask your question with a placeholder tag like pc and someone with 300 rep will come along and create the appropriate tag shortly.
No, such an option does not exist. Once you finished reviewing an item, you cannot change your decision. Don't worry, mistakes like this happen; that's one of the reasons two approvals/rejections are necessary for a final verdict on the edit.