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Is it reasonable to downvote answers because you dislike a question?

I left a comment in that question saying the premise was racist, but the OP then also commented that yep, that was a racist world. Then it came to me: sometimes we mistake representation of evil with ...
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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

For starters, let's call a spade a spade here. Downvoting an answer because you liked another answer better is not only mean-spirited, it's contrary to this website's whole point. It's not about your ...
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Enforcing mandatory comment when downvoting

This is an oft-declined request on Meta.SE. For example: Mandatory comment after downvote Must comment while downvoting Change Down Voting to Require Comment for Why & Change Flag to Report Make ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why is this disliked?

The primary problem that I have with that question is that I find it unreadable. You wander off talking about crime and then start talking about a young man getting paid to go places and be good ...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

There is an increasing tend on the Stack to measure "possible, plausible, and probable" by Real Life I've noted over the last six months that more and more people are judging questions by ...
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Drive-By downvotes and Do we take things a bit too seriously?

Specific comments on the question Comment #1: Ack! Inhomogeneity! While not a reason for closure, I'd like to point out that the use of bolding, italics, ...
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Please help me understand these downvotes

I am pretty sure I was the first to downvote your answer! Note, I am also the person that asked the question. I downvoted your answer because it changes the premise of the question. In a black-box ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers because you dislike a question?

This has been addressed in a more specific form here. Generally speaking, I'd argue the same: The real question to be addressed here is: does the answer in question warrant a downvote on its own merit ...
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Is this a case of vote fraud?

It might (or might not) be less-than-honest voting, but that wouldn't qualify as vote fraud even if it all came from the same voter. When Stack Exchange talks about vote fraud they mean targeting ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Mass simultaneous downvotes: What is the cause?

I've done some digging with the mod tools, and I'm ~110% sure that you were a victim of serial downvoting. I've taken action in reponse. Now, I can't manually reverse the votes, but the system should ...
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What am I doing wrong in this question?

Any answer we can give here will be purely speculative until the miserable miscreants reveal their own rationales. In skimming the query, I can really only conclude that the issue might be one of your ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

Especially, please don't use flags to try to delete answers that are wrong answers. Downvote those (and consider helping to improve them). Use flags for things that don't even answer the question, ...
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Why is this disliked?

This hit too close to our actual world and seemed to be some sort of sly remark on some current celebrity rather than an actual World-building question. While I don't love the implications, and I ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I was thinking about downvoting when I saw there was a meta post, so I figured I'd post where it was more useful. The issue I had with it is, once I peeled away the context, the question was and with ...
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Should I downvote a question that I am also voting to close or put on hold?

From the help center: Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. Just because a ...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

I think this problem boils down to the fact that the real world is the logical basis for comparison, and that excludes magic as people tend to mean the term here. This shows up with any questions like ...
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We've suddenly begun beating the snot out of new(ish) users - and that's saying something coming from me

Before you or anybody gets mad at new users not looking at the Help Center. Someone needs to make the Help Center very visible on the website. There is only one link to the Help Center on the front ...
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Why the downvotes?

Alright... I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but I think this needs to be said... I voted to close and downvoted this Meta post for being a rant. It doesn't serve a purpose other than stirring the ...
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Please help me understand these downvotes

I upvoted Dot_spots but had my own 2 cents: I didn't downvote your answer simply because I avoid highly answered straight forward questions like that (little room for improvement). But when I do down ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I rarely downvote questions Or at least I think I rarely do. (People who can look at site statistics, and know how to do it, might possibly know better, but deep inside I believe that I rarely ...
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Don't argue with comments on down and close votes, please

I disagree but mostly because you assume we have no choice but to carry on getting involved once we start. TLDR: If you give constructive feedback and the OP is getting belligerent then you don't ...
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Don't argue with comments on down and close votes, please

Engaging in civil discourse is extremely important. I'm going to have to strongly disagree with the "don't argue with close votes" part of your suggestion. It's a fantastic idea to explain ...
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Enforcing mandatory comment when downvoting

This is sort of a philosophical question. Should there be rules enforcing good behavior or should the community enforce good behavior? This is a fundamental divide between people that extends to many ...
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Drive-By downvotes and Do we take things a bit too seriously?

Ya... I kinda took the lead on that one... Sorry about that. I really don't mind a bit of fun in questions, but when the signal to noise ratio gets skewed to the point where I find myself reading the ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

Personally I'd say anybody is free to downvote stuff he doesn't like - this can mean badly written, badly researched and topics you really don't want to have on the site; Suspension of Disbelief is ...
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Please help me understand these downvotes

You will always get a few downvotes, the first few will upset you more than later ones The more questions you answer, the more downvotes you will get You will get most of your downvotes when you say ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

…simply don't like, but as we should all be aware that's what downvotes are for. no. According to the docs, Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, ...
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Please help me understand these downvotes

If I am going to get downvoted for sound answers on the basis of ignorance, then what is the point of reputation on the site? You've written 30 answers, two of which are deleted. Of the remaining 28, ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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Please help me understand these downvotes

What is the point of the reputation in this site? Nothing! Well, almost. Rep point actually tells you "nothing" about the quality of a post. Rep point only dictates what you can and can't do in ...
Vylix's user avatar
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What to do if your question gets downvotes for something irrelevant and answers that don't answer the question?

I haven't looked at the specific question, but... is downvoting a question for something other than the question it asks acceptable? Unfortunately in a sense, but yes. Consider the question ...
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