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tl&dr; You aren't making the world a better place by driving out people who could really benefit from learning why their desired approach to a scenario is distasteful or otherwise "unacceptable" (or whatever other reason you are downvoting). I have also noticed this. I was just looking at How to talk to a girl who's sitting next to me but wearing ...


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Yes. Guilty as charged, for the record. I had started leaving comments, but I hadn't done as much downvoting. My strategy was Comment on the post, if it doesn't meet the standards I'm (we're?) looking for. Wait 12-24 hours to see if an edit is made. If no edit is made that makes the answer good enough, downvote. The big problem, of course, is that posts ...


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Bad questions usually fit into one of the following categories: Poorly constructed (not enough information to clarify what's being asked) Too broad Not on topic for IPS When anyone answers one of these types of questions, their answers tend to fall into one of the corresponding categories: Not helpful (doesn't actually help the OP because we can't tell ...


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In generations past a common response to a school bully was to learn to hit back. I don't think we gain anything by declaring answers in this vein as taboo or invalid and deleting them. So let's allow them, but I expect that they would in general be downvoted.


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Yes they should be allowed. There is a spectrum, and it's going to be too hard (and unproductive) to write a policy that covers the mushy middle. I expect we all agree that an answer advocating murdering somebody who ignored your "no solicitors" sign and wants to talk to you about Tupperware would be wholly inappropriate -- rude or abusive, actually. I ...


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If you hover over the downvote button, it says: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. Given that 'official' reason for downvotes, and numerous feature requests on Meta SE asking about forcing people to give a reason for downvoting, all being declined, a question asking why things are downvoted isn't a good ...


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I'd like to cite a Physics.SE answer on meta: I think that we are too reluctant to downvote [...] And here's why: First and foremost, votes are quality indicators. When I pass through and see a highly upvoted question, I think "Oh, nice, this is what physics is about, what physicists find interesting and how questions here should be". When I see a ...


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I will attempt to answer based on a third party observer perspective. I did not answer, comment or vote on the original question, and only viewed it to get a better idea of the basis and context for your current question. I think a key point to consider before diving into the specific question you reference is the purpose of this site and the kinds of ...


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It has recently been revealed to me that the community policy discourages comments that explain down votes, at least on answers Ehhh. NO. Not at all. I think you misunderstood. Because we agree that downvotes are a bit frustrating on a gamified site, we do encourage constructive feedback in comments. Things like 'Could you address the actual question asked',...


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It seems that downvoting and close-voting go together to a certain extent, in that some members on IPS.SE do encourage close voters to actually downvote the close-worthy question at the same time, apparently because it has a fundamental defect (close-reason) that needs to be highlighted to the community by means of downvote. However it's not necessarily due ...


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With so few users on this site who can see deleted posts (you're one of only three at the time of this writing), it's difficult to actually tell you how we've been doing. It's quite common for heavily downvoted posts to be deleted by their authors and there's nothing that prevents that from happening (assuming it's not also accepted). So, if you've seen ...


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As a very new member, I think I may have an unexpected perspective on this that you might really appreciate: In short, we should absolutely step up our voting culture! I may be new here, but personal investments sites like this (and Wikipedia) are nothing – quite literally – without each user recognizing their very critical role as a member of the quality ...


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We must not put a blanket ban on any answers. Even though smacking a person is in itself a bad thing, sometimes, in some contexts, it's one of the best things to do, say, to stop a bully, one smack right back at him might stop him from bullying ever again. And, deletion is not for answers that you disagree with or are technically incorrect. Their outright ...


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Votes are, and always have been, about ranking content. When viewing several related questions you can sort that list by votes in order to see which of those questions the community found more useful. Likewise answers are sorted by vote by default, so that the better answers ideally rise to the top. This is the reason we have voting, all that other stuff is ...


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