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MSE discussion of similar issues Similar issues have been raised on the main meta: How can we discourage people from answering bad questions? Should we? Should users be penalized for answering bad questions? Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions? with some mixed opinions shared (and quite old questions). Downvotes in general are the source of ...


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I haven't previously seen your answers and didn't downvote, but with a quick look it looks like a lot of your answers are strongly overlapping with existing answers and don't really add anything by way of explanation or differentiate from other options. A lot of users don't appreciate that because it might look like you're digging for rep without adding ...


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I think Negative votes without explanation are ok. We cannot suspect all users to be able to put their thoughts into words. This vote up and down system is rather intuitive -feature which reflects what the user feels about the answer/question. Some users are most likely to downvote when they receive something unexpected or something that cannot be found ...


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To add to @BryanKrause's answer (to which I agree): Your posts are also of low quality relative to the expectations we have for answer posts on this site. See How do I write a good answer? in our help center for an introduction to minimal expectations. Notice that each of your down-voted posts has received one of the following post notices: Add citations ...


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Personally, I have always adhered to the principle that answers can make the question and I've often given answers to downvoted questions because I found the question intriguing. However, there's a limit to that principle. I always discourage answers to questions that are clearly outside the scope of this site. For instance, it often happens that self-help ...


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There are a million details about the philosophy behind this in this blog post, but here's the relevant part: And, on top of that, downvotes cost you a tiny bit of reputation. The net effect is that you have to feel very strongly about something to downvote it. Downvotes are serious business, and not to be cast lightly. We designed our system around that ...


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Short answer: Yes, committing both actions is not only OK but preferable when appropriate. Voting of any kind should be made in the interest of maintaining a high-quality site of accurate and on-topic biology information. Voting is not meant to relate at all to personal judgements or individual punishments (and as such any discussion about ethics, double ...


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Quoth WYSIWYG: Malevolent downvoting is not such a frequent phenomenon that SE has thought it is necessary to develop a proper mechanism to control it. Actually, that is completely untrue. There is a bot that runs at some point after midnight UTC and examines all the voting of the previous 24 hours. Using an undisclosed algorithm, it can determine (...


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I don't see any reason why you can't do both. In general I reserve such a dual penalty only for the worst cases. When there is still hope, downvote and comment. If there is no hope for rescue, close vote. If there is reason to believe the question has serious issues, for instance OP doesn't respond to constructive comments, you can do both. If there are even ...


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Downvoting ensures that the question is eventually deleted automatically as abandoned/low intererest by the system if it is not edited in the meantime. Otherwise these closed and not answered questions will accumulate over time and they are not useful for the site.


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I understand your concern about indiscriminate and malevolent downvoting but restricting the number of down/up-votes per person is not a good idea. In any case there is an upper limit on the number of votes that can be cast by a user in a day (40). It is also not a great idea to specifically restrict the percentage of downvotes a person can cast. Some people ...


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It seems the points cost is (at least in part) to help prevent tactical down-voting, a process of pushing one's own answers further up the rankings by down-voting its rivals. Answers which already have a lot of up-votes tend to attract more votes thus by being at the top quickly one can get more votes (some people care far too much about their points - ...


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I think there are many flavors of bad questions, and that the flavor of a question can affect the perception of its answers. I provided one of the (initially downvoted) answers to the linked question -- Is it possible to distinguish between coding and template strands from the sequence? I would classify this question as lazy. There are ample resources on ...


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I believe I was the downvoter the previous time your question was posted. I downvoted because it was posted in the exact same format (copy and paste) to the previous versions of the question that were removed for having non-positive score. I have had previous public interactions with you on meta talking about the problem of reposting dead questions without ...


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