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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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Answer: here, on Meta. And this probably serves as the real question, now that some moderator moved it. I think people (in the comments) are confused by your nomenclature. I suspect you did not "leave a comment" as in using the commenting feature, but posted an Answer. Comments (content) don't go in Answers (posting feature), so it was deleted. This has ...


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If we're talking about this specific case only, I would say delete both. The question asks about building a tower out of ivory. I think most of us would interpret that as asking about whether, if you had a large enough supply of ivory at your disposal, you could build a structure of any significant height. Therefore, a proper answer would . . . Hopefully ...


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The bottom line is that we're not here to compete with one another; we're here to write good answers (and ask good questions!). I'm struggling to see where there's been any misconduct here. LazyReader's answer linked to the video, but prior to JBH's edit, it was rather tangential. The main point of the rather succinct first version was that tapuis involve a ...


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To be clear, this is a question and answer site. If posting an answer to a question then what you post needs to be an actual answer. Yours was not, so to keep the question and answers clear and clean it got deleted. Frostfyre helpfully commented to explain to you why this was happening. If people want to leave comments then that's fine, it's what comments ...


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Yes, this was a case of large-scale trolling, all apparently by the same person. I just nuked the accounts from orbit, so to speak. They originated from the same IP address, as far as I can tell, and they only stopped when that IP address was blocked automatically by the system, which happened about five hours ago. A few things to keep in mind if you see ...


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The question is fine, the answer is not I disagree with @Molot's answer. There are plenty of good, thorough answers to the question, and it is completely possible to cover the bases just like with any other "good" post. Popular questions tend to get lots of attention, and that often results in some relatively bad answers, but that doesn't mean the ...


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I think it's important that we can answer with "anything goes." I've had a lot of questions where the reality is that the OP had no idea how much freedom there was in the idea they were exploring. It happens a lot with time travel, where people make the mistake of thinking that there is exactly one time travel theory. If you look through my history, I've ...


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Fixed it :) I'm surprised your edit was rejected, but if in doubt you can always post in meta (like you have) or even just mention it in chat.


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People upvote answers because they are clever, witty and entertaining, even if they are clearly outside the scope of Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is generally about coming up with fictional worlds which if not realistic are at least plausible. In the linked question, accelerating a single proton to sufficient energies to disintegrate a planet is completely ...


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First, a lot of people dislike atheists. We get compared to rapists, for example, in levels of trust - and not favorably. Second, there's a demographically significant media push that paints atheism as extremely anti-Christian. Third, note that our site is heavily weighted in favor of upvotes (97%). So in fact 9 up/4 down is a highly unusual ratio, and ...


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My two cents: If "fries and ketchup" kind of answer actually is an acceptable answer, then question itself is problematic and should probably be closed - as seen in linked older meta discussion. It is one close vote from being closed already. Maybe we are not putting on hold fast enough?


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We have discussed gruesome content on this Stack quite extensively in the past. See for example Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content and the linked discussions such as Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?. It's an incredibly important discussion and it's good to revive it from time to time to check what the ...


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It takes a little reading to see the answer in there, but it is in there. All you have to do is read the story. This particular corner of stack exchange was never quite like the rest. Not all the answers here are worded in a direct fashion, sometimes there's a stack of allusion and metaphor, sometimes people like to answer a question in the form of a story, ...


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I can't speak about the other answers, but my answer was probably upvoted because, at the time I answered, there was nothing in the question about using near-future technology. The goal of the question was to 'destroy the Earth, or at least obliterate all life, using only one element.' I've seen this happen in a few other questions as well, where the asker ...


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Allow me to quote the well known little writing on investment and to apply it in the context of this community Past performance is no guarantee of future results None of the reputation (and moderation) privilege exempts the user from being subjected to community reviews and votes, and we all can take a false step (myself included) and post content which ...


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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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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 checked the moderator timeline for your answer, and pieced together a sequence of events, including what happened with the reviews: A user flagged your answer as Low Quality. Due to the flag, the answer was sent to the review queues, specifically, the Low Quality Posts queue. Five people reviewed the answer. Three users selected Recommend Deletion. Two ...


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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, 17 have a net positive score, 10 have a net score of 0, and only one - the one you're referring to - has a score below 0. That's really not that terrible. Heck,...


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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 community moderation. Don't get clingy on your rep points. It's just a gamified system so users earn "something" in return of their contribution. It actually means "...


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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 something challenging In this case you have challenged the question, this will get you a downvote or two. You have also refused to answer the question even ...


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I think part of this issue comes from mob mentality, which causes people to behave in accordance with the people around them. Seeing a question or answer that already has upvotes implies it has good content, which encourages people to upvote it again. I know that I, while reading through the existing answers to a question, sometimes forget parts of the ...


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We currently have a not insignificant (for world building anyway) backlog of flags. I can tell from your display name you are aware of all the...stuff going on with SE. Most of the moderators on the site are marked inactive right now in protest. We are keeping an eye on flags for stuff that needs immediate attention but everything else is basically ...


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Follow the process: flag as not an answer, let the community decide. Questions and answers belong to the community, the community decides.


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I think it's a good answer with the potential to help the OP. It seems to be well-reasoned, and although implausible, the scenario you provide still fits the given circumstances. I get that downvotes are discouraging, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad answer. The answer's mixed reception probably came from the fact that a lopsided body is by ...


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I started writing this thinking it would be a couple of paragraphs. I was sadly, sadly wrong. So I've divided it up a bit. Hope you don't mind. I do have a summary at the bottom and a "TL;DR" at the top. Too Long; Didn't Read: Keep the answer deleted. Get rid of some other poor answers, and improve similar questions. Does it answer the question? The ...


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I think that the answer in question is https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/38384/2113 (deleted, so visible only at 10k reputation or higher). It was deleted by a vote of three users, not just one. The site is community moderated, so most actions are taken by consensus of members with sufficient reputation. A moderator did participate in that vote, ...


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I am a functional materialist and and a philosophical agnostic in the Huxley tradition. My models of human behavior are grounded in evolutionary psychology. I think that evolutionary psychology makes a strong argument that religion is needed to moderate human behavior. But my phrasing is no more inflammatory than the very title of the post "Can there be a ...


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I wouldn't necessarily call it a "religious" answer, but it certainly doesn't answer the question. It seems to be intended to be some kind of answer like "the last big civilization left technology on the planet and now we view this magnificent technology as something given to us by the gods". It doesn't address in any way which past era in our real world ...


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