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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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Ultimately, downvotes are at the discretion of the voter. There's no way "correct" use of downvotes can (or should) be enforced. I think the relevant part of the voting guidelines you cited is: an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. If an answer is opinion-based, and you feel that that opinion is incorrect, it is up to you if you ...


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"...this site gets so many answers … I tend to upvote all the answers" Voting is used to sort the most insightful answers to the top. But if you highlight every passage on this site, then what's the point? Interpersonal Skills was supposed to be a place for questions answered with an understanding of the underlying concepts, references, or at least ...


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Vote on a post solely based on its merits. If a question shows research effort; is useful and clear, upvote it. Similarly, if an answer is useful, upvote it. Do not upvote bad stuff. Do not go on a voting spree carelessly, for the sake of badges. It will "enable" undeserving users more privileges, and seeing many bad posts upvoted, more users will ...


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The earlier answer by @Beofett is 100% correct in stating that downvoting is entirely at the discretion of the voter and the reason could be anything at all, with which we are not even concerned, for that matter. The purpose of voting is to demonstrate community consensus opinion about the quality of a post and unlike close a question voting or delete an ...


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I'm going to vote against this because the majority of the time, users shouldn't need this. If you choose to use any website (even outside of Stack Exchange), it's on you to read the rules. In fact, you should probably already have a general idea of how a website works because you have decided to actively participate in it by studying it and deciding it ...


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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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You are bringing two separate issues: How to get users to communicate to the OP what is wrong with the question and if possible how to fix the question Getting users to retract close votes after the question is edited As long as new close votes aren't cast there isn't much problem with close votes aging out instead of being retracted. Since people don't ...


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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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It is important to remember that downvotes do not necessarily correlate with whether a question is a good fit for the site. Consider that if downvotes were simply a measure of fitness for the site then there would be no point of them because they would be the same thing as close votes. In order for a question to be considered a good fit for the site it ...


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Under those very-late-and-duplicate answers that add no additional information to the topic, I recommend leaving a comment explaining that so that others can choose to vote it down or delete it as well. Or the late-answerer might've not noticed the existing answers, and can, therefore, edit the answer to add additional information or remove it themselves. ...


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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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Though, it is asked to leave a comment (for <2k on graduated sites and <750 on public beta sites) when someone downvotes any post. However, it is not compulsory. The message upon clicking the down arrow says (with emphasis of mine), Please consider adding a comment if you think this post can be improved. So, if someone thinks that there is a ...


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How do you vote for a question? Let's start with the simplest question first. How do you vote? Well, hover over the voting button, and it says something about research effort, being clear (or not) and useful (or not). I usually try to stick to that, and refrain from voting when in doubt. So, based on that I feel people should vote for a question based on: ...


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All of the examples you've given have something in common: they could be seen as controversial, as they're tackling delicate issues on which people are very likely to disagree/they'll try everything to challenge your intentions. I think this is the main reason why they get downvoted so heavily. Voting guidelines on Stack Exchange Ideally, downvoting ...


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Visitors don't tell you why they like or dislike your post because comments like that are explicitly discouraged. Comments are for requesting clarification from the author, to leave constructive criticism, or to add relevant minor or transient details. They are not for compliments, discussion, or criticism that isn't constructive. Saying "I don't like this ...


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I've come across a number of instances where this happened, too. I imagine it is very frustrating to the OP, especially if they are new to the site and not familiar with our standards. What I've done is leave a comment of my own, whether or not I agree with the close votes. If I agree with closing, I'll leave a comment relevant to why. In keeping with the ...


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Under the circumstances you have described, the logical way to 'maintain a good question-to-answer vote ratio' would be to vote on questions more often and be selective in upvoting answers. You can consider making yourself a policy of voting on at least 10 questions a day. That gives you up to 30 votes for answers which you can use judiciously while ...


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