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Incentivizing ‘bad’ questions

As a 5+ year member of MO, I remember the old days when upvotes on questions only netted you 5 points as opposed to the current 10. While I was generally glad to see good questions being rewarded in a ...
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Systematic downvoting

In the past 7 days, I have received 9 downvotes (on questions that have been otherwise positively received). I suspect someone is systematically downvoting, but doing so with a large enough interval ...
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Why is this question locked?

This question has only two downvotes, which is not enough to keep it off the front page. I'd therefore like to downvote it, but can't, because it is locked for mysterious reasons. Because this does ...
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Downvote and vote to close of a recent question

I recently asked the following question on God's number for higher dimensional sequential move puzzles. It was downvoted once and has a vote to close, even though it is in my eyes a perfectly good ...
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Unable to delete this post

I have been wanting to delete this post for quite sometime. Unfortunately a user already answered and my reputation is so low that I can’t accept or delete it. Note my original question is nothing ...
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Do we use the downvote button more than other sites?

Is there data available (besides crawling thousands of questions) on how often we use the downvote button, and how quickly? The motivation for this question is Carlo Beenakker's recent answer on MOM. ...
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Downvoting systematically a user

I have got 8 downvotes in the last 2 days, on various questions and answers. Clearly someone is mad at me... Is there any way to stop that? Thanks!
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Increase in unexplained downvotes on (old) questions/answers?

I recently received a downvote without comment on a question and all of its answers, which are good independent of the value of my question imo. I’ve also had two other questions receive similar ...
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Remove down-voting or show down-votes in the separate counter

I have been reading this question and answers and I have submitted the answer there which is really a question. I have added it there, because it come to my mind after reading the questions and ...
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Cancel delete vote

For closing votes, before a question is closed (5 votes) I can cancel my closing vote (after which I can't vote anymore). After a deletion vote (of a closed question with score $\le -3$), I tried to ...
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Should there be Anonymous Comments?

I currently got a downvote for my question Making a Graph Eulerian for Applying TSP Heuristics, but unfortunately the downvoter didn't leave a comment explaining what the motivation was, thus ...
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Downvoted on many questions asked in less than 60 seconds

I'm not sure why but it seems I've been targeted been down voting (I think by the same user) as it happened in all the questions I've asked in less than 60 seconds. I do not think this is due to the ...
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Serial downvoting

I received 4 downvotes within a short amount of time, I suspect it has been the same person. I think a mechanism should be installed that no user $u$ can downvote more than one post with a positive ...
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How about a way to flag a question for migration to another site without down voting it

If the question is valid, it seems churlish to down-vote it, especially since doing so affects the user's reputation adversely. Sure, it's a mistake to ask a question on the wrong SE site, but I don't ...
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What to do when it seems that downvotes are not justified (for example, when they are directed "against" the person and not "against" the question)?

This question now has a score of $-2$ and it could be that it will be lowered still. It is an elementary attempt to resolve an open problem. I shared it with you because I am an amateur and almost ...
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Can anyone learn anything from a downvote without an accompanying rationale in a comment?

I have been on enough web boards in both the arts and sciences that I have learned not to be bothered by downvotes in and of themselves. What does bother me is a downvote without an accompanying ...
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Reverse an accidental downvote

I just noticed (by looking at my reputation) that I accidentally downvoted the following answer: Oscillation of the summatory Möbius function This was (probably) because I was reading the ...
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Comment / Down-vote / Vote to close -- in what order, with what delay?

If I see a post that I think belongs on MathStackExchange, what should be my first response? a) Comment to the user b) Down-vote c) Vote to close with suggestion of migration And how long should I ...
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Can you suggest some negative point in this post

Can one suggest me some negative points in the following post with several downvote https://mathoverflow.net/questions/247716/topological-groupoid-structure-on-a-pair-s3-a Thank you
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Why a Question gets Down vote and its Answer gets Upvotes?

Please, visit my question. You will see the post has 9 downvotes and one of the answers got 7 up-votes. Moreover, the answer that got 7 votes is a mere try, not a complete answer. On the other hand ...
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Proposal for a new rule for down-vote

As I see it, the most common causes for down-voting a question should be: The question is completely incomprehensible, or makes no sense ("Are all prime numbers green?"); The question has a trivial ...
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Can I see who voted for what after I die?

I would like to know who has up- and (most importantly!) downvoted my questions. Will I find out after I die? What do different religions/beliefs say about this? I would happily convert to see the ...
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VIndictive downvoting--what can be done about such childishness, errh, lack of professionalism?

Clearly, from my reputation record, there has been some vindictive downvoting in the last three days or so. MathOverfflow is a community of people, not saints, and things like this are expected to ...
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Downvoting and Closing of a Good Question

This seems to be a perfectly good (i.e. interesting and nontrivial) question that was downvoted and closed for mysterious reasons. As far as I can tell, the main objection is that the author ...
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Down vote without comment

I received a down vote on this question without any comment. Can one help me to understand how this question could be improved? I think that a moral and implicit policy of MO is that a comment ...
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A question regarding some downvoting on my first question and answer on MathOverflow and my desired remedy

My first question "A question regarding the Continuum Hypothesis" (which I answered), was recently downvoted after several years of staying at the same score. Since I (with 20/20 hindsight) believe ...
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Why this question is not welcomed but others are welcomed in MO?

May I wonder why this question is not welcomed: accidental-unplanned-breakthroughs-in-mathematics see the votes-down. And unfriendly responses. but many others are even more broad or more opinion-...
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Seeing up/down votes of your own posts

When a user reaches 1000 reputation they become an established user. With that comes the ability to see the number of up and down votes on any post. While I have no problem with this privelege being ...
Michael Albanese's user avatar
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Are downvotes zero cost?

I've just gotten a downvote on an answer in main and it did not result in a decrease in my total rep. Is this normal?
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