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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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.


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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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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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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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Just because you answer a question doesn't mean the question doesn't suck. Sometimes not so good questions can attract super awesome answers.


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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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The question is essentially a buying recommendation in disguise. "Is my computer good enough to record?" is pretty much the same as "What computer do I need to buy in order to record?" Additionally, this question will only be good for ~6 months until new hardware is released. While the min specs might not change much for Minecraft, if we were to ...


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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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"Lack of research effort" would be my guess. It's right there in the tool-tip for the down-vote button. Your question has not received a single close vote for being off-topic.


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I can answer this one because I've done it before. Usually when I go into my backlog to play a game I'll search the tag and check out some of the questions. If I have similar questions or I think they are interesting I will throw them an upvote. A lot of the time it's the same person asking the question, so that's why you might see such activity. Example:...


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I think asking the best question possible shouldn't be your goal here: you ask questions because you want information. Apart from that, it is highly capricious. It depends, for example, tremendously on the game you ask after, and whether or not that game is at a peak of popularity. And then there are less significant factors, like length, grammar, clarity, ...


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If a user downvotes without leaving a comment the best thing you can do is to either just ignore it and move on (this is what I usually do), or leave a polite comment asking if there is something wrong with your question so you can improve it. I find that leaving a polite comment asking why will usually get a response from someone explaining why they think ...


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The system checks periodically, but it's not instantaneous. If you don't see a reversal in a few days, feel free to contact a mod or the community team to have it investigated further, but I wouldn't worry about it just yet.


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According to Meta.SE: because it's "expensive" to view the vote count (in terms of running the query) That is, with a vote table as massive as StackExchange's, allowing all users to make requests to view vote totals would put too much stress on the system. The rep requirement decreases this stress.


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