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"Teaching how to fish" considered abusive?

My comment on this question:, - Have you consulted the tar man page? Reaction: Given that the answer is not in the tar man page, why ...
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What's wrong with this answer?

Which rules (if any) make this answer: Invalid, or, at least, wrong ? Just shocked to get 3 downvotes so quickly for a perfectly correct (IMO) answer. If ...
20 votes
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Downvoting answers to questions asked like "do my homework"

Do answers to questions that didn't come with attempts, and are just like "do my homework", deserve a downvote? Example: Filtering out numbers that have sequential- consecutive or non-...
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How can I improve my answer?

Few days ago I answered a question. It had been downvoted. So, I just deleted it. However, today I am feeling curious (so I undeleted it). Can anyone please check and let me know what is wrong with ...
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Why do we have downvotes?

Having prepared a post on uncommented downvotes I was directed to previous discussion (thanks for the pointer @jeffschaller), but having read through a selection of these I was left with an even ...
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Top answers downvoted at the same time. Someone with an axe to grind?

My four top rated answers at Unix & Linux got downvoted, apparently within minutes of each other. Here is a screenshot. I don't really mind it, as it doesn't practically affect my reputation... ...
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need help improving a question

At some point I had a question about the workings of the bash shift command. I did not find the question / answer on this website, so I looked up the answer and posted my learnings as self answered ...
4 votes
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Why did I get down-voted for the first question that I posted and what can I do to improve

Have a look at this question. It got down-voted for reasons known only to Gandalf. At least I would like to know why I got down-voted and what can I do to improve it?
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inform about edits after downvotes

You can change your vote for a question (or answer) after it has been edited. Quite often at least questions improve soon (because the questioner is told that the question is bad and what information ...
1 vote
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Should we be allowed to change our vote on an answer, if we ultimately go back and mark it as "the" answer?

I recently posted a question, and was given an answer almost immediately. Initially the answer didn't seem to solve my problem, and I couldn't get much clarification on the answer, so I gave it a down ...
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Is it really that bad?

So this answer seems to be especially scary to some folks. Now it is not the only answer I have given that has a negative score (it happens, along with a bunch that have no score), there are five ...
0 votes
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I got a down-vote I really disagree with and flagging it was probably a mistake

I asked a question some time ago which got mixed response. I edited the selected answer(myOwn) and short time after I got a down-vote on it which pisses me off because I feel it's a good answer and ...
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why is my question downvoted?

I have this question but don't know why it's downvoted, I really searched , nothing on google says about calligra on xfce. I'm a new linux mint user, I don't know much about desktops(I only tried ...
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Somebody downvotes my old answers en masse and without any reason

Is that normal? Should I take some action on it? How to figure out who is it?
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Should I vote down a question if it frustrates me?

Why someone can be so frustrated to vote down a question like this: How can I make "bind" command to work in sh shell I have some doubt about it: It is not a valid question? It is a span? ...
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Downvoters of questions should be required to explain their reasoning

I've seen more than once some downvotes of (easy) questions with no comment. I think it would be fair to force a comment to be filled out for someone who downvotes. That comment should consist of at ...