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Concern about the usage of downvotes and close votes on questions

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 ...
Jess K.'s user avatar
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Should answers on closed questions be downvoted?

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 ...
Jess K.'s user avatar
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Should we step up our voting culture?

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?) ...
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How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
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How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why is a specific question down voted?

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 ...
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Should we step up our voting culture?

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 ...
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There's no point to down votes if comments to them are discouraged

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 ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Why did my answer get bad ratings?

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 ...
Valiant's user avatar
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On heavily downvoted answers

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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Should we step up our voting culture?

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 ...
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3 votes

Concern about the usage of downvotes and close votes on questions

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, ...
English Student's user avatar
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There's no point to down votes if comments to them are discouraged

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. ...
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How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
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