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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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    Can I ask why you would like to know?
    – Möoz
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 21:26
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    Interesting prize to win, I guess :P
    – Mikasa
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 18:45
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    @Mooz Whenever I myself get downvoted, it would obviously be consoling to look at said question for comfort.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 6:24
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    @Mooz -- The topic came up in chat re: another stack. I was merely curious. :) Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 4:43
  • Relevant - Lowest-scoring question of all time (including deleted questions)
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 12:48
  • I think this is duplicate Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 5:23

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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
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 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 Mod
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 10:53
  • @ancientswordrage - Throwaway high rep accounts - £50 for 20000 rep.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 11:36
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    Ah, the classic hot button topics: sexuality, race, and parental relationships in Star Wars. Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 13:20
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    @PaulD.Waite - and questions that are just plain dumb
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 14:12
  • @roguejedi - There has to be a way of dynamically updating these figures....
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 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! :) Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 4:46
  • Your final link doesn’t take you where is says it will take you. :/
    – RedCaio
    Commented Mar 11, 2018 at 20:46
  • @edlothiad - Cheers for the edit
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 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. :) Commented Aug 10, 2016 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 Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 19:57

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