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Tom: after checking tools available to moderators, I see no evidence of systematic downvoting from any particular user. So at the moment I don't see evidence of downvoting that looks 'vindictive'. I realize that unexplained downvotes are an annoyance, and particularly if several happen during a short time frame they might look suspicious, but the system is ...


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Other reasons to downvote a question is if one doesn't think it demonstrates sufficient research effort, or isn't deemed to be useful. In fact, the question-downvote tooltip says this explicitly: These are of course subjective metrics, and can at times seem to be done at a whim without any real justification. But this does not mean that the voter didn't ...


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Unless the voters want to weigh in themselves, we can only guess. As I see it, the question is not at all well motivated, and there is no hint why anyone might think that there are infinitely many such numbers. Indeed, as far as I know we don't have even a single such number. Setting context or motivation should be the norm for a community of ...


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I have not voted on any of your questions, and I won't justify the observed downvoting behaviour. I do find the questions as written as problematic for MathOverflow. Even though the posts concern mathematical issues from which good questions can arise, I am not finding your choices that good for this forum. I focus on one question "Why does this pattern ...


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Here are some (somewhat disconnected) thoughts. The main sticking point expressed in the objections is over the word 'breakthrough' (which is indeed difficult to characterize). But the Calabi conjecture example, and Sam Hopkins' answer, suggests a slightly different sort of question which might (might) gain more traction. "What are some examples of ...


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When it seems downvotes are not justified, the first thing to do is to reconsider. Read what people write about the question, see for yourself whether the question is the kind that generally flies here or is lacking in some way, etc. If after reconsidering it still seems downvotes are unjustified, you have two courses of action. One is, get over it. Don't ...


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Here is one other possible reason why your question might have got down voted: Soft questions are not considered like other questions, they are kind of special gray area in the scope that are treated differently by people from technical questions. Many users think they should be infrequent. So there are higher expectations from a soft question and also an ...


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It is normal in the sense that I converted the question to community wiki before the downvoter downvoted.


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As I understand it, one destination has an Ethereal API to the Stack Exchange databases. Unfortunately one only has assembly language to write the routines to use it, and no linker: you have to compute your own entry points. Also, none of the keyboards work properly and you have to keep adjusting the display out of character mode. Another destination has ...


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I find this proposal completely unreasonable: "the questioner should have the right to petition the mods for a reversal of the vote." For one, think of the amount of workload this would add for the moderators. Moreover, moderator might not be an expert in the area of the question. I think it is optimal if much more moderating is done by community than by ...


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I think the religion of copyism, which holds that information is sacred and must be preserved, is the one you should look into. The information as to who voted for what is certainly something you get in copyist heaven.


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To the best of my knowledge, at the moment it is not possible to retract a delete vote: The feature request Ability to retract reopen/delete votes on Meta Stack Exchange is not marked status-completed. Other questions on Meta Stack Exchange about this problem seem to be often closed as duplicate of this post. Among the linked questions I can see this ...


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So, I asked the guy who answered the question to edit his answer. The answer was edited and I upvoted it. Problem solved.


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Since you asked for an explicit answer, rather than a series of comments, let me give it a try: 1) Why not "Move questions to math.stackexchange instead of deleting them." Some questions are indeed transferred to MSE, but not all are suitable for transfer without further revision. Think of MO and MSE as two journals aimed at a different readership. No ...


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I understand that getting downvotes can be frustrating. And targeting a specific user with multiple downvotes is definitely a bad thing to do and it can in fact lead to a suspension of the serial downvoter. But there already are mechanisms that try to catch such instances automatically. For instance, in this specific case you can see on the OPs reputation ...


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I think that this (the MO question) is potentially a good question, or, in other words, it can be made into a good question. It should be made, a little more focused and then I don't think that it will represent a huge list of answers. Then it can be quite a useful and educating list. (Also the proof-theory tag does not seem to belong there. Update: it was ...


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The reversal badge is exactly about the phenomenon where a bad question gets a very good answer, namely, where a question with a score of -5 or worse receives an answer of +20 or more. This badge has been awarded several times, and these are each more extreme instances of what is described in the question.


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This is very much dependent on the question and the poster. There are some questions which look like high school homework problems posted by users who are new to the forum. These are usually quickly dispatched, although a leading question in a comment may be a public (dis-)service. There are some questions which look like homework or show a serious lack ...


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