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As the title asks: Which question is the most heavily downvoted on our site?

If someone knows of a script that measures this, then by all means point it out to me :-)

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I've forked "Most Downvoted Answers" to show the most downvoted questions.

The top 5 (at the last edit)

1) What is “DON'T PANIC” a reference to on the dashboard of Elon Musk's car? (71 downvotes)
2) Is Captain America gay? (48 downvotes)
3) Has George R. R. Martin described the color of Daenerys' pubic hair in any book? (40 downvotes)
4) What is JK Rowling “bad” at? (36 downvotes)
Joint 5) What is Hermione Granger's ethnicity? (32 downvotes)
Joint 5) Why do castle gates in GoT open inwards? (32 downvotes)
Joint 7) Was Bilbo's sexuality ever referred to by Tolkien? (30 downvotes)
Joint 7) What is Kylo Ren's relationship with Darth Vader? (30 downvotes)
Joint 9) If Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father, who is Luke's mother? (29 downvotes)
Joint 12) Did Draco Malfoy sexually assault Hermione Granger? (26 downvotes)
Joint 12) In The Matrix, why did humans scorch the sky to block sunshine?(26 downvotes)
Joint 12) Why are most of the main characters White/English in Game Of Thrones?(26 downvotes)


You can also see the lowest number of votes on aggregate (e.g. upvotes and downvotes) using the standard vote sort tool.

In that case, the order is

1) Is Captain America gay? (-37 = 48 down, 11 up)
Joint 2) What is Kylo Ren's relationship with Darth Vader? (-26 = 30 down, 4 up)
Joint 2) Has George R. R. Martin described the color of Daenerys' pubic hair in any book? (-26 = 40 down, 14 up)
Joint 4) Did Draco Malfoy sexually assault Hermione Granger? (-24 = 26 down, 2 up)
Joint 4) If Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father, who is Luke's mother? (-24 = 29 down, 5 up)
Joint 6) Was Voldemort an idiot? (-23 = 25 down, 2 up)
Joint 6) What's the in-universe explanation for the change of face of Bruce Banner? (-23 = 26 down, 3 up)

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    I seem to be getting more than my fair share of downvotes at the moment.; replygif.net/i/718.gif – Valorum Aug 1 '16 at 23:15
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    If you've found a way to convert rep into money, Jack B Nimble will be very interested... – AncientSwordRage Aug 2 '16 at 10:53
  • @ancientswordrage - Throwaway high rep accounts - £50 for 20000 rep. – Valorum Aug 2 '16 at 11:36
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    Ah, the classic hot button topics: sexuality, race, and parental relationships in Star Wars. – Paul D. Waite Aug 3 '16 at 13:20
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    @PaulD.Waite - and questions that are just plain dumb – Valorum Aug 3 '16 at 14:12
  • @roguejedi - There has to be a way of dynamically updating these figures.... – Valorum Aug 8 '16 at 0:45
  • Although I didn't know the topics that would come up, I'm completely unsurprised that sexuality and race came up. Personally, I think those are legitimate questions. LOL, I suppose all those downvotes would indicate otherwise! :) – Slytherincess Aug 10 '16 at 4:46
  • Your final link doesn’t take you where is says it will take you. :/ – RedCaio Mar 11 '18 at 20:46
  • @edlothiad - Cheers for the edit – Valorum Mar 12 '18 at 11:27
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You can use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer to do this kind of thing:

SELECT TOP 10 PostId, COUNT(*) AS [Count]
FROM Votes v
INNER JOIN Posts p ON p.Id = v.PostId 
WHERE v.VoteTypeId = 3 AND p.PostTypeId = 1
GROUP BY PostId
ORDER BY 2 DESC

The most heavily downvoted question (that has not yet been deleted) is post 114500 with 40 downvotes; that post is:

Is Captain America gay?

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  • +1 Thank you -- Where is the data explorer located? I'll bookmark it. :) – Slytherincess Aug 10 '16 at 4:48
  • @Slytherincess data.stackexchange.com. You can search queries other people have made, but in order to get the most out of it you really need to learn a little bit of SQL. Monica Cellio wrote a nice tutorial, if you're so inclined – Jason Baker Aug 10 '16 at 19:57

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