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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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Voting based on opinion

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: ...
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How do we maintain a good question to answer vote ratio on this site?

"...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 ...
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How do we maintain a good question to answer vote ratio on this site?

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 ...
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Voting based on opinion

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 ...
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Should we make the tour a requirement for new user activity?

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 ...
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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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How can we encourage more discussion when voting to close, or why is it not happening already?

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 ...
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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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Are we giving users who ask questions 'good' feedback?

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 ...
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What should we do with redundant answers?

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 ...
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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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Are we giving users who ask questions 'good' feedback?

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) ...
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Are we giving users who ask questions 'good' feedback?

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 ...
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Why don't visitors tell you why they didn't like an answer or question?

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 ...
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Why don't visitors tell you why they didn't like an answer or question?

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 ...
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How can we encourage more discussion when voting to close, or why is it not happening already?

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 ...
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How do we maintain a good question to answer vote ratio on this site?

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 ...

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