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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 support of evil. Were we to condemn representation of everything we condemn in stories, we would not have stories. Star Wars would not be the same without the ...


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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 opinion, it's about everyone's opinion. You don't get to decide which answer is right. You upvote the answer you like, other people upvote the answer they like, ...


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When science isn't science Science and speculation aren't a good mix. When the two meet in one post, it's incredibly easy to speculate that something might be a good scientific theory. However, this may also attract downvotes: where science is required (such as the hard-science tag), we like to see hard, verifiable science, preferably with citations. You ...


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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 it cost more to downvote without comment; make it hurt to leave a crap comment And the duplicates therefrom. Required comments would have two undesirable ...


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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 looking. Which you've decided is unethical. Reading it again, perhaps you were saying that your protagonist found it unethical. But that's rather unclear as you ...


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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, code formatting, and "================================================" don't make for an incredibly readable post. It's always nice to emphasize things that need to be emphasized. But using a ...


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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 question about how to utilize excess energy, your answer talks about reactor efficiencies and $/Watt ratios. You might have valid points, but you don't even try to ...


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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 real life and not by the rules of the world of the OP. It's not overwhelming, but it is, IMO, a growing problem. However, the Stack has always had to push back on ...


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Why aren't people downvoting more? Here are some possible explanations: Many questions are subjective, and have no "wrong" answer. This is not the case on most other Stack Exchange sites. For example, on Mathematics, an answer saying that $x+x=\frac{x}{2}, x \in \mathbb{R}$ will get downvoted to hell because it's wrong.1 On Worldbuilding, you don't see ...


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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 or not? I can certainly see how someone might take offence at the question's wording (and if Mephistopheles is living up to his namesake, then I suspect there ...


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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 specific users -- getting your friends to vote for all your posts (or using sockpuppets to do so), targeting people you don't like with downvotes, and similar ...


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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 invalidate them within 24 hours - probably less, given that's already been about 20 already, and the relevant automatic scripts run regularly. It's certainly ...


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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 style of presentation. As originally written, it was as has been said, a wall of text. Walls of text are unpopular because we have to slog through them. This ...


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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 answered as to why I didn't like them when you specifically asked why people might not like the question, the basic reason and the reason why I downvoted this ...


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In this case leaving a comment and flagging is a good solution, it will bring the question to other people's attention and it will either get deleted or down-voted or otherwise treated appropriately. Note that: You can down-vote questions with no cost of reputation, so if you find a bad question then down-vote freely! If you down-vote an answer and it ...


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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, or that are spam or abusive. Close votes are for questions that should be closed, not questions you'd just rather not see. Close reasons include "too broad" ...


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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 it, the ability to incorporate subliminal imagery onto the screens of nearly every Bitcoin miner planetwide. And their first task is to brainwash more people ...


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According to the hover text: Upvote -- "This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear" Downvote -- "This question does not show any research effort; it is not useful or unclear" Downvoting seems to align with the close reason of "Unclear what you're asking." I think you might be finding the heavy downvotes an issue because WB SE has an issue ...


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As one of the people who sometimes downvote without any comments, I will try to list for you my personal reasons for downvoting: 1: You are too political, borderline trolling. If the question is, say, on gender issues or women's rights, I downvote answers based on personal opinions. Example: "Women should know their place" answer on this example gets ...


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Your votes are yours to do as you wish with. That said, the voting tooltips provide some guidelines: on the main site, the tooltips say: [Upvote]: This answer is useful [Downvote]: This answer is not useful Hmm... the definitions of useful are mostly subjective. So, as I see it, you should vote where you think those are true: if that means it's not ...


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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 question isn't fitting for this site, such as being too broad or off-topic, doesn't mean you should downvote. Downvotes are a way of marking a post as ...


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I only see one question on your account. In the case of that question they most likely also started a close vote, with the close vote reason being the same as for the downvote: Your question is not actually about worldbuilding. If you read the tour and in particular the sections about what to ask and what not to ask that should help you consider how to re-...


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I hadn't seen the question before this meta post. In its present form it seems to be random, a little silly, and only loosely tied to worldbuilding. It seems to belong in a set like this: What would it take to convince most people to rename Earth to X? I think zebras should be called Ys; how would I get the English-speaking world to go along with that? ...


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There is no oversight on voting, beyond serial voting. You vote with your conscience, and the community's combined voting habits --not any one vote-- indicate the site's approval or disapproval. Nobody can tell you that you vote "wrong." Liking and disliking answers is a very common justification for a vote! That said, there are more and less responsible ...


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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 pot and drawing more people and attention to deliberately manufactured drama. It doesn't appear that anyone "snapped" you engaged with the community the way ...


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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 vote answers its largely because I find your answer wrong. In the case you mentioned, I too would have downvoted you simply because one glance at the OP's ...


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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 downvote questions.) The StackExchange network provides three ways for a user to register their dissatisfaction with a question: leave a short comment, vote to close, ...


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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 have to respond. Don't let the fear that someone may disagree hold you back from trying to help. From my (and not only my) sad experience, people who asks to ...


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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 areas more important than forums. I, personally, am all in favor of community enforcement. First off, we do have a strong community here. I joined not too long ...


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