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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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Where can I complain about the way my answer was deleted?

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 "...
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What to do about near-duplicate answers from unregistered user(s)?

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 ...
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Is it permissible to cherry-pick someone else's answer for the same question?

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. ...
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Where can I complain about the way my answer was deleted?

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 ...
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Is worldbuilding.SE currently being trolled?

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 ...
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How has this answer not yet been shot down?

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. ...
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Do you really believe in -450 degree Celsius?

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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Why are 100% incorrect answers on this question highly upvoted and not deleted?

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 ...
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Are pictures of fishbowls on wheels valid answers?

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 ...
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Why did this answer get upvotes?

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 ...
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How has this answer not yet been shot down?

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 ...
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Answer contains description of real-life animal torture and my edit request was denied. Is such content acceptable?

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 ...
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How is this an answer?

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 ...
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Why are 100% incorrect answers on this question highly upvoted and not deleted?

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 ...
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How has this answer not yet been shot down?

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 ...
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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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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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I would like to see this action as valid but have issues with it

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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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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Why are 100% incorrect answers on this question highly upvoted and not deleted?

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 ...
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One of my flags might be stuck in limbo

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 ...
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Help controlling a misguided "frame challenge answer" which has created a debate

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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Critique my “southern moon” answer, please

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 ...
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What should be done with this answer?

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 ...
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Where can I complain about the way my answer was deleted?

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 ...
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Why did this answer get upvotes?

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 ...
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Bizarre Answer looks like Off-Topic

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 ...
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