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Both questions and answers should be voted on purely on their own merits. If someone writes a comprehensive answer to a marginally asked question, it's not appropriate to downvote such an answer, IMO. In all cases, the question should be edited if possible to improve it as much as possible and the answer should be voted on based on their own independent ...


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The problem is that simply dropping a link to idownvotedbecau.se comes across as pretentious and condescending. Compare your comment: idownvotedbecau.se/noresearch, idownvotedbecau.se/noattempt - Have you consulted the tar man page? To a more constructive version of the same thing: I think what you want to do is adequately explained in the manual of ...


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Downvotes are by design anonymous and do not require comments. Some people will leave a comment anyway, out of the kindness of their hearts, but it's not required or expected. However, when you hover over the downvote link, it will tell you the standard reason for downvotes: "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". In ...


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Teaching how to fish is not considered abusive. Slapping people with a fish is. You did not teach the asker how to fish. Your comment consisted solely of: The slap: a pair of links to generic advice which you were too lazy to even put in a proper sentence, let alone customize to the situation at hand. This is quite rude: you're going out of your way to ...


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I personally dislike the comments with links to the "I downvote because" site because they are not helpful. Just downvote, and if you feel strongly about it or have a particular reason to downvote that you'd like to share, then write it up in such a way that the person who's asking the question will understand why their particular question is lacking and ...


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The description for answer vote reads "this answer is/is not useful". If the question isn't great but the answer is clearly useful, the answer should not be down voted. If the question is too vague, it becomes hard to write useful and meaningful answers. If you find an answer to such question to be not useful, it is the reason down vote is there.


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First of all, mods can't see who voted on what. That is confidential and only available to SE employees. Also, since you mention it, what you did is a clear abuse of the flagging system. As you figured out, it doesn't work that way and please don't do it again. Now, your question got 4 downvotes and 3 upvotes. That means a net reputation change of +7. Not ...


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I would answer your question with your own words: We downvote because we don't see any value in someone's contribution. That is obvious. It's there for all to see. In general, votes are for rating. Rating allow us to separate the signal from the noise.


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This was fixed within 24 hours. There is an automated script to detect this kind of abuse and revert the actions of serial voter accounts such as this one. No moderator intervention is needed, unless the problem is not corrected within 24 hours. More details in this question. Thanks @n8te, @muru and @slm for the comments! UPDATE: @RuiFRibeiro (who also ...


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Keep it and accept the bad reputation and good reputation that will come. I think the question would be bad without your answer (because of lack of research effort) but it's at least decent with the answer (where your real research effort is indeed shown). In one of my questions (on Super User) I added a note: Note I already know the answer (I think). I'...


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it would be nice to be informed of edits to a post which one has downvoted I had a similar thought, and chased it down through various Metas, eventually landing at Stack Apps: Get a list of posts you've voted on that have been edited where there's a browser-based userscript that adds a sub-tab to your profile's Votes tab. I use it occasionally by going to ...


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One of the things that takes a little getting used to is the whole voting on the SE sites. Everyone in the SE universe that has 15 rep or higher is allowed to vote up, and 125 rep for down. In the beginning, when I first frequented the sites, I too would see what appear to be perfectly valid questions with -1 or -2 or even 0. Then I posted my first ...


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The downvote is from me. While reviewing your post, and applying the bare minimum of markup for code to get things somewhat more readable, I found that your question is still not clear to me (and being unclear is one of the reasons indicated when hovering above the downvote arrow). I often write something about my downvote when I do. But not always, e.g. if ...


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I'm not convinced that it'd be a useful change. I would encourage you to be careful with your voting. You might get lucky with other answers or answerers, as they might edit their question in response to comments or voting; but if they don't, your vote is locked in, as you saw. My best suggestion would be to leave a comment on the Answer saying that you ...


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What Mr. Mrozek said; it's only one downvote. You may or may not find someone else that thinks the same way you do. I think you've done the right thing to add an explanation so people have a better chance of following along. You yourself note that 'sed eval is always risky'! Your answer adds: a rarer printf format, %U reliance on GNU tools (find's -print0 ...


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If anything, downvotes on answers are more important than upvotes. Downvotes are the only way we have of indicating that an answer is bad. "Bad" could mean anything from inelegant, through not actually working and all the way to actively dangerous. Without downvotes, we would have no way of pushing such bad answers down, without downvotes, upvotes would be ...


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A point, that @terdon (+1) alludes to, but that doesn't across clear enough: Down-votes are essential to make some answers disappear, (imho) Especially among the older questions there are some really terrible answers, with consequences ranging from wasted time (already bad) to actual data loss (very bad). Granted, the really super-destructive answers get ...


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You shouldn't care too much about votes, especially if they are not accompanied by comments (N.B. negative comments typically correlate with downvotes but don't really imply who actually downvoted). Especially new users tend to overrate votes and to interpret upvotes as trophies and downvotes as something personal. Simply don't. (I've seen users who were ...


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IMO, there are two sides in the equation, both users asking questions and the people answering are not exactly automatons. A fine line should be drawn between helping people who are making an effort or not, and between low or better quality answers. Pointing out shortcomings or clues about the answer should not and cannot be considered abusive, unless ...


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I’d agree with Jeff’s answer about being cautious when voting and I imagine that’s the intention of this Stack Exchange feature (locking in votes unless a question is edited). When I first started using Stack Exchange sites, I had a similar problem: I’d upvote an answer that looked like it was correct but after implementing the suggestions/code and ...


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It's one downvote. Shrug it off. A downvote doesn't indicate that a question is off-topic, too broad, primarily opinion-based or unclear. That's what close votes are for. (Unclear is also part of the guidelines for downvoting.) People can vote for whatever reason they like. There is official advice, but the only actual rule is to vote for the post and not ...


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