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The system doesn't work if people don't vote. Voting is literally The Thing that allows Stack Exchange to work. Good answers are brought to the top, singled out in some cases. Seeing that the next answer has nearly-as-many votes means you shouldn't stop with the first answer, and in other cases where you see a steep drop-off in voting (at least for older ...


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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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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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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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Yes vote lots. Voting is important on all SE Sites. Basically Vote often, vote early, vote up and down. Especially in the beta it helps to sink the crud and raise the cream.


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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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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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To make thing worse, each user has a single close/reopen vote. Once it is cast, it's gone. This rules out the possibility of reopening because no longer too broad and then closing because primarily opinion based. What one can do is: don't use the reopen vote leave a comment to the OP and other users, explaining the issue: the question was too broad, now ...


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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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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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Looking at your profile shows that you have voted 34 times today as of writing this. You can see this in the lower right hand corner on the desktop version. The thing about votes is that you don't necessarily always have 40 votes. To cite for example Daily vote limit reached on 37 votes: There is a limit of 30 all-purpose votes per day and 10 question-only ...


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This sort of phenomenon has been referred to as drive-by downvoting, and people have been annoyed by it for years and years.1 It happens across the network, and over time, people have tried to put up barriers to it. It just happens. If you write enough questions and answers, eventually you'll experience it. And it's not coming from a single person. Why does ...


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Serial voting is explained briefly in the Help Center. It can happen with upvotes or downvotes cast in rapid succession on posts from the same user. Sometimes this happens for benign reasons -- somebody sees a great post from you, looks to see what else you've posted by walking through your profile, and votes on several. Sometimes it happens for, err, ...


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Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are about "Is it well written? Was it researched before posting? Is there a chance it'll be useful for other users?". Some questions are well written and interesting,...


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Downvotes and flags/close-votes operate on different axis A downvote indicates that a question is not helpful, doesn't show research effort or that you simply don't like the question. Yes, that is a valid reason to downvote. Look at the torture tag for example - many people on the site don't like this sort of question and express their stance by downvoting ...


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If the question is off-topic or otherwise unsuitable then it should be closed Sometimes we get bad on-topic questions to which good answers can be given, but we shouldn't* encourage off-topic questions by leaving them open just because an answer is good, or by attempting to give a good answer to a question that should be closed. If the answer really is ...


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To retract an upvote or a downvote, just click within 5 minutes from the previous vote the same vote button. This will retract the vote. Past the 5 minutes the vote is locked and can be changed only upon edit of the voted post.


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No. Because it doesn't help them. Praising crap will only get you more crap. If you want to help them, post a helpful comment. An anonymous upvote is as not helpful to your cause as an anonymous downvote.


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The question wasn't closed because it was unclear what was being asked. The question was closed because it was too opinion based. Personally I think that is an excellent question to discuss with friends over coffee or alcohol. The thing is that discussion questions are a bad format for this site. Discussion prompts are great for talking over for hours. ...


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Likely only a moderator would be able to offer an exact answer to this, but given that the relevant information would be covered by the confidentiality clauses in the moderator agreement a moderator would be prohibited from actually giving out any details. The descriptions available for the functioning of the software that detects this type of behavior are ...


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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 am one of the worst offenders (serial upvoter, stingy downvoter), so I speak from experience. I certainly don't mean this post as guidance for other (down)voters, merely as an exploratory analysis at best. After I got past the point threshold for voting on closing question, I noticed that I almost entirely stopped downvoting. If I can flag a question for ...


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We have a nice feature here on SE now: the list of hot questions in the right column. The more answers and more upvotes on answers, the higher the chance the question will get there. And the more questions will get there, the more attention we will get from the rest of the SE community. So I'm glad that worldbuilding seems to be a site with lots of answers ...


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Whoa, those are a lot of questions... But Is my understanding of what "serial voting reversed" means correct? Essentially yes. It is one user who up/down voted suspiciously. Typically going to a single user up or downvoting all their answers and questions. Normally it should go with a large change in your reputation (recovering from the up or ...


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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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That vote was me. By a strange coincidence, I saw the title of the question and immediately upvoted. I know, it's a stupid thing to do in general, because one should always read the whole post before voting, but I saw the title and though, "This is the post I've been waiting to answer today." I don't normally do this - in fact, this is probably the ...


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I found a similar question on Meta StackExchange asking What exactly happens with the button “Leave Open” (previously “Do Not Close”)? The accepted answer to that question states the following (Emphasis mine): Normally, a question must hit 100 views before close votes age away, so as to give enough folks time to see and review it. Questions with close votes ...


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Some of our highest voted questions are closed The problem is that story-based and opinion-based questions can really catch the imagination of a reader and attract a lot of votes. Added to a lot of borderline clickbait titles (compare ours to a lot of what shows up in HNQ) and you get very highly voted questions and answers that are entirely unsuitable for ...


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