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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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I'm pretty sure that what you have in mind is just fine. What the system does look out for, though, is a large number of votes given to the same user. Such voting can be reversed, either automatically or manually (by a Stack Exchange employee, after review). Unless you have primarily answered questions by one or a few users, that shouldn't be a problem. ...


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Bumping this one! There are questions that get lots of answers but few upvotes: like this sweet one. When I found it there were 7 answers and 0 votes. Is there a plausible way to build a pipette with medieval technology? If it is interesting enough for you to spend time answering I think that warrants an upvote. Encourage people who post interesting ...


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At the moment, in a small private beta with relatively low voting rates, your question makes sense. Even popular questions get few votes, so whether or not the answerer votes up makes a big difference. However, I see this as a short term phenomenon that won't be worth thinking about beyond private beta. If a question is good enough that it is getting votes ...


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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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Well, I think the answer here is that it's just the vagaries of Stack Exchange. It all depends on who's interested in what and who's reading your questions and what mood they're in. Frankly, even though the anti-virus-virus question is well received it's entirely off topic. It's not about the fundamentals of nor the component systems of a fictional world. ...


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While we should get people to upvote the good questions, your logic is somewhat flawed. A question could be badly written, yet be answered in a very admirable way. So it is possible to have a low-voted question with very high-voted answers. And generally, I think on Worldbuilding, we don't have much problem of not enough upvotes, we do however, of not ...


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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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Ask better questions Have you considered simply asking better questions? I went and looked through your questions, and even your two highest voted ones are low quality to me - to me, your questions show little to no research effort, are too broad, and are idea generation + opinion based, all of which are valid reasons for me to VTC. Also, I'd like to ...


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So, first of all, don't ask questions just for the rep. That's a bad idea, and it'll hurt the site. I see way too many posts that are blatant attempts to make it to the HNQ list, and more often than not it works. That's just going to attract lower-quality questions, lower-quality answers, and lower-quality users. If you're asking a question, it should be ...


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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 likely more ofen encountered when reading in-character questions making them more difficult to be well received We've had some discussions about more difficult ...


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The votes still count against badge mechanics like Nice Answer or Good Question. You just won't be able to get anymore reputation. There are some mechanisms that circumvent this rule You mentioned the "Accepted Answer", which is probably the most important one. You always get 15 reputation if an answer of yours is accepted. The second one is accepting an ...


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By clicking on the downvote arrow again, you can undo your vote. This is the same with upvotes as well. Keep in mind that after 5 minutes this will not work without an edit, so just randomly edit (temporarily), do the deed, then re-edit back to its originalpoint


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Premise of your question includes things that make no sense. The code on the GPUs is the principal problem as all that is concurrently used as an actual graphic card will influence anyone sitting before the connected monitor. That is simply false. Graphic cards are great at separating physics calculations & other similar operations from actual ...


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The "Welcome back!" banner is only shown under specific circumstances, as outlined here: The message [...] only appears if you haven't been seen on the target site for 24 hours, and you hold a valid user cookie on the target site, and your account has more than 15 rep on the target site, and you arrive on a question from a search engine, and ...


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Problem: the comment in question seems to have been deleted or removed, so I have no context to go on. Assuming that all is as stated, it's very simple: that particular user is being a monosyllabic word that rhymes with Warwick. It's not an "illegal" vote (there being no such thing in SE) but it is unsporting to the second respondent because the answer is ...


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I doubt there is a regular SE participant (possibly no SE participant at all) who has not been subject to the vagaries of SE's voting system. For example: I have been subjected to one respondent who systematically downvoted each and every other answer in an effort to bolster their own answer. (I've also been subject to a user who visited every answer and ...


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I've gotten "upvote a question" prompt on WB. I'm not sure why we would be different than other Stacks.


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To answer the why: once upon a time, you couldn't retract your upvote at all. This ability was added later mainly to help with mis-clicks rather than as part of the full-fledged voting system posts use. From the linked post: You can un-upvote a comment within the first 60 seconds, provided you did not navigate away. Once you un-upvote a comment you can not ...


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Describing the behavior as a weapon misses the service aspect to future readers. Pulling a particularly good answer up to the top can be a service, I don’t generally use the “downvote others” on active questions, but I have done it on historical questions to bump something good up once the dust settles when a whole bunch of answers are all within 1 or 2 ...


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It's possible that, being more related to computers than most, it gained more attention in the HNQ list. Since a good chunk SE users are here for tech things (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, Ask Ubuntu, etc.), it may have contributed to its success. As for how it got to the HNQs in the first place, it seems a bit hit-or-miss as to which ones make ...


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