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Here's a quick reference for the tools we've got for handling questions and when we should use them: Downvote (Requires 125 reputation) This question does not show research effort, it is unclear or not useful. Close (Requires 3k reputation) This question meets one of the close vote criteria, as LPMF has already described. More generally, if answering the ...


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I wouldn't upvote a question just because it had a downvote and I felt bad for the user. But it is possible that I would read a question that I might otherwise skip because it is a downvoted question, and that reading it might lead to an upvote. It may seem counter-intuitive to read a question because it is downvoted, but I do it because I might be able ...


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There's no real way to police or enforce voting, so if people decided to vote in this fashion we wouldn't know and couldn't force them not to. (This is not to say that there's no way to abuse the voting system, or that we lack tools to tell if you are - but this is not voting abuse, and voting abuse is a different topic.) However, I think it's contrary to ...


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Here's some actual data for you. On Gaming.SE, the average Question score is 5.54: http://data.stackexchange.com/gaming/query/95438/average-question-score On SO, it's 1.57: http://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/95438/average-question-score So we do vote a hell of a lot more here, and I'd give this as evidence that we downvote more, but also ...


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I'd say yes, upvoting an answer without taking the time to read it is bad practice and could be damaging. We have had times where WRONG answers have been highly upvoted, and it takes a lot of work to undo this. Badges aren't important enough that we should be trying to give them to people at the expense of the site's quality. If you read the answer and it ...


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I would personally advise against downvoting an answer just to try to make another answer bubble to the top, unless you would've downvoted the answer even in the absence of any others. Stack Exchange isn't meant to be "One answer to rule them all". Its OK to have multiple answers with lots of upvotes. Anyone that is only reading the answer with the most ...


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The system prevents you from casting an upvote on your own questions or answers by way of a message telling you that you can't. There is no rep penalty invoked or anything, since it's very plausible for users to click that button, either accidentally or out of curiosity.


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My thought about it was that it could be the same old "new users never read how-to-ask" issue. To prove my point I've tried some SQL-fu on Data, here are my results. Last 1000 questions for minecraft-commands: Average_Score | Score_Sum | Post_Count | Reputation_Bucket 2.188 | 116 | 53 | over 400 2 | 4 | 2 |...


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Typically, we like to see that you performed some sort of research before asking a question. If you hover over the down vote arrow on a post, it states: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful I only see one question on your profile that is down voted (I assume you've deleted the other ones), and it is about the game ...


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Well your votes are yours, so downvote away if you like, but here's my take. If the answers are valid solutions to the problem, they don't deserve down votes. If you don't want to or can't verify them, then don't upvote them either. Or if you don't think they are useful to anyone, then downvote them. But from my perspective this site exists to answer ...


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That's how the reputation system works, as you can read on our FAQ; specifically: [reputation effect when] answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter) This is the way it works across the entire Stack Exchange network. As for why that is how reputation works across the network, you should check out this meta-discussion on the network's main meta site.


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Welcome to the Hot Network Questions list! As you can see on the question's timeline, the post became a so-called Hot Question on 2019-06-06. Hot Questions are shown on the sidebar on every site on the Stack Exchange network, bringing much more attention to the question itself, and the site it's from. In order for a question to become a Hot Question, it ...


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Gaming, as an expert topic on a Q&A site, has some extra difficulties that a lot of other topics don't have. It's very easy for sites about Gaming to devolve into trolling, flame wars, opinion pieces, rants, etc. As such, we have developed one of the strictest communities and strictest sets of guidelines for what belongs here. We downvote things that ...


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The tooltip that pops up when downvoting a post reads: Please consider adding a comment if you think this post can be improved. Not every post can be improved. Some posts are simply bad and deserve downvotes. Others are simply inaccurate, or orthogonal and do not answer the question properly as written, and deserve downvotes. In these cases, the only way ...


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Downvoting answers costs reputation. Your reputation is refunded if the answer is deleted, but otherwise, downvoting answers costs 1 reputation and downvoting questions are free.


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Your only argument for downvoting the previously top answer is to get a newer, better answer to appear first. In my opinion, this is improperly hacking around a system that already exists to do this. If an obviously better answer gets posted, the original asker should change their accepted answer. In this case, the system will automatically place the ...


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The first thing you need is a grasp of what is on and off topic. This is subjective, unfortunately, as different people have different views of what should be allowed. For purposes of upvoting, let's just say to avoid upvoting things that are blatantly off topic. After you've determined that the question isn't blatantly off topic, the next criteria is, "Did ...


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First off: while your grammar could use some improvement, it's not that bad, and it usually isn't the main reason. Why isn't this mob farm working? is a Minecraft question. Some users have a tendency to downvote Minecraft questions that they think aren't well researched because we get A LOT of them, and not always of decent quality. In addition, it was ...


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I want to add one more tool to the list that @agent86 didn't mention: Comment The power of a little communication is great. Often times I see people try to close a question because it is asked in the context of an architecture or design they feel is bad. That is not a reason to close a question. It is still an answerable question. If you want to tell ...


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Downvoting questions used to cost 1 reputation — but no more! Now it is indeed free. See the relevant meta question: Should downvotes on questions be "free"?


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Closing is intended to be a temporary state except in very specific circumstances (like duplicates that we keep for searchability). The end result is that there are two ends to a closed question: It gets reopened, so the votes would need to be valid anyway. Users may even change their votes after edits that lead to reopening. It gets deleted, which means ...


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Voting irregularities would be repeatedly upvoting or downvoting answers from a particular user, often in a rapid fashion. The algorithms for determining what constitutes "irregular" are intentionally undisclosed, to avoid them being gamed. Rest assured that they are conservative enough that legitimate users should never get identified.


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If a post has very low quality (that you can't clearly understand what it means), it'll be downvoted and people will usually comment with the reason. If the post has acceptable yet still low quality, someone will likely edit it (here is a random example from today) and it'll likely be upvoted again. In order to avoid getting downvoted at all: On Questions:...


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[This question should be migrated to Psychology.SE] In all seriousness though, it's probably because Game Identification questions were so polarising in the past; a lot of choice words, arguments, meta-discussions, chat logs, example questions, close/reopen votes and everything else were thrown into the mix, and it took a hell of a lot of people's time, ...


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If you want to undo an upvote you have made, click on the upvote arrow. If you want to undo a downvote you have made, click on the downvote arrow.


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The premise is mistaken: this is not a shift in the quality of the site. People have always voted based on their own personal, irrational reasons. The sentiment is noble, but never fear: the system has always suffered this abuse, and yet it has continued to work. See the variety of reasons for voting that people express in these MSO answers: What do votes ...


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I downvoted it. For various reasons. The first such reason is that the question lacks data - what recording software? What settings? What graphics card is it now? I quote: "one of the higher AMD graphics cards (Not Sure Which One Though)" - that's not helpful whatsoever here. Secondly, I personally find the very idea of "minimum specs" to record gameplay ...


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