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Why is this disliked?

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 ...
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Upvoting while avoiding irregularities

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 ...
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Is this a case of vote fraud?

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 ...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

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 ...
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Why do I have so few votes?

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 ...
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Do we have a troll in our midst?

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 ...
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Why is this disliked?

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 ...
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Should we encourage voteup upon answering?

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 ...
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"Serial voting reversed" - meaning and response?

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 -- ...
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Good answers to bad questions, a voting issue

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 ...
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Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

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 ...
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Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

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 ...
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How can I cancel an up-vote or down-vote?

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 ...
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How fast can I vote to avoid the system thinkig that I'm a bot?

Votes shall be given to the post, not to the user behind it. Targeted voting is forbidden and punished. That is to say, if you give 40 votes to the same user, that will rise more than an eyebrow. Also ...
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Closing hurdle for well received questions

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 ...
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Voting irregularities?

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 ...
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Do we have a troll in our midst?

Looking at the single example you've given and cross-referencing with the help-center post on 'down-voting', this behaviour certainly seems somewhat over the top. Trying to find a reason for the down-...
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Closing hurdle for well received questions

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 ...
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Vote counting on questions/answers

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 (...
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"Serial voting reversed" - meaning and response?

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 ...
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How fast can I vote to avoid the system thinkig that I'm a bot?

Badge hunting, does it go against the rules of the website? No. Badges exist to encourage you towards good user behaviour. Badges have been around since the beginning of Stack Overflow. They are our ...
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I only seem to have 32 votes a day

You can vote on up to 40 questions a day. You can vote on up to 30 answers a day. And I think that if you vote on 30 answers, you stop being able to vote on questions as well. So if you want ...
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I only seem to have 32 votes a day

The bottom line is that the Vox Populi badge requires you to vote on a lot of questions during the day you earn it. See this very apropos post here: How to get vox-populi when I can no longer vote ...
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Voting irregularities?

I can't give an example, no. We don't discuss why individual users have or have not been suspended or had any other actions taken against them. The user in question is free to discuss it if they ...
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Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

There's a difference between those who are simply having fun answering questions, and those who are maturing as participants on this (or any SE) site. The former don't care what the rules are, they'...
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Interpreting up- and down- votes in the Question Sandbox

There is no formal definition of how to use it, but the current usage seems to be to use Upvotes to indicate that you think a post is ready for main and to use Downvotes to indicate that you think a ...
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Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

Generally We've all seen questions that have been flagged as off topic, too broad, etc. or have been voted with negatives numbers. And yet as supposedly poor as those questions are, often they ...
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Is it worth continuing the old name votes? If so, how?

Meh. The whole thing is informal anyway; how often do people refer to these entities and need a name? So the askers of the questions should accept answers, and people should do with this whatever ...
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Why is this disliked?

As you're aware from my comments I disagree with a lot of where you're coming from with the initial problem, largely being that I don't see a problem. Judging by response to those comments, I'm not ...
Separatrix's user avatar
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Redefining what constitutes closure at this time

Primarily Opinion-Based ... Could be defined a lot better, because everyone has completely different ideas of how to determine if a question fits this criteria. Specifically, is this type of question ...
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