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For questions related to upvoting or downvoting posts, or the workings of the voting mechanisms themselves.

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How do I improve my question skills?

I seem to be experiencing a rash of deeply polarized voters. If they were voting for or against me personally, I could understand. But if these votes are cast for my content I would like to find ...
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How to handle thuggery?

When you say something one person disagrees with, they scroll through your entire list of questions and blindly downvote you. I tend to want to just ignore it but how does the site recommend handling ...
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How did I vote 41 times in a day?

How was I able to vote 41 times?
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Can the admin please check my account for an instance of serial down voting?

I've been the target of serial down voting before, so I'm familiar with the auto-script that will undo it if triggered, but the exact trigger is not publicly known. I'm also familiar with the secrecy ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

A recent question was put on hold as "off-topic". The initial question text (as it has changed): Has any story, movie, TV show depicted a spaceport on either of Mars' moons, rather than a ...
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Bad or down-voteable questions on Sci-Fi Stack and its consequences?

This seems to be a big issue for people here when deciding what is good and what is not. From what I can gather this is what constitutes a bad or not very good question on this site. A question with ...
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Taking advantage of voter availability

It is fairly clear that there are users here from various time zones. With different groups having different times of sleeping, working, etc. there are times when you can predict fairly well which ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

Since the dawn of time the posts came, down through the centuries. Err wrong canon. Long time ago, on a site on a server far far away, we had somewhat lower quality standards. (that applies to my own ...
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Downvoting answers by new users

Firstly, this is very relevant. This is also related. Due to the launch of the new Star Wars movie we have an influx of newcomers. There are many posts from 1 rep users offering answers of varying ...
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Community action regarding questions and their answers

This can be regarded as related to other questions that have been posted regarding this topic; to include: What can I do when a question has an old, accepted, and +25 voted **100% incorrect answer** ...
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Why did these two similar questions get different reactions?

Who's the largest Marvel super-hero? Who is the physically-largest Force-sensitive being in Star Wars? These two questions basically ask the same thing. One question has got 5 upvotes so far and ...
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Why are we downvoting this perfectly good story ID question (that happens to involve weird fanfic)?

We established quite a while ago that fanfiction is on-topic. I would therefore expect that people who don't want to see fanfic questions would just ignore the fan-fiction tag and move on. About a ...
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If I up vote an answer that is negative, will the user still get the 10 points?

If an answer is say -5, and I up-vote it, will they still get the plus 10?
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Which question on SFF has the highest number of downvotes?

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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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

According to the Help Center: Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post signals the ...
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Are users encouraged to downvote questions for being duplicates?

Some/many users seem to quickly downvote a question once they see that it's been marked as either a duplicate or a possible duplicate; is that the recommended course of action - to downvote a question ...
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Am I being singled out by a grumpy downvoter? [duplicate]

It just seems unlikely that it could be a coincidence that 4 of my top voted questions all get downvotes at the same time. Is there some grumpy user out there who decided they hate me and so they went ...
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What does the little star underneath the vote for a question do?

I was just looking at a question and I clicked the little star underneath the vote and then I realized that I had no idea what it did.
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Is there an issue with (my) daily vote limits?

I believe that the limit for votes is 40 per day, but I think mine has occasionally been closing early over the past couple weeks. Today, for example, I have 33 votes recorded on my vote list. A "...
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Is a facetious comment sufficient evidence of voting irregularities to justify a suspension?

Himarm was suspended today after making a joke that he targeted another user with 100 downvotes. He was obviously kidding, because his profile shows that he has made a total of 107 downvotes in two ...
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What's the most contentious question on scifi.SE?

I've had some doozies. By contentious, I mean the question with the most downvotes yet still positive overall. Is there a straightforward way to find it?
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Is this serial voting?

I got upvotes today on 20 different answers, all very well deserved, but 19 of them came within a span of 15 minutes. Assuming they were all from one account, does that meet the test for "serial ...
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Bug: votes not being recorded?

I noticed that some of my votes on the answers to this question were no longer shown as highlighted. Furthermore, I got a message (as I was voting) reminding me to vote on questions as well. This was ...
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Primary Chatroom Name Polling

Please, add a new option as answer (Don't Repeat.. So, please read all answers first). The answer with largest vote would be chosen (this can be checked from time to time in the end of each month). ...
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What can be done to **effectively** combat 100% wrong answers that generate more upvotes than correct answers?

For example, here: Do (weaponized) lasers exist in the Star Wars universe? @Zato posted a what-seemed-at-the-moment-correct answer, which generated tons of upvotes (10) stating "no such examples ...
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Why do some one line story identification answers get so many upvotes?

I'm puzzled why sometimes very short answers to story identification questions get upvoted so highly. Sometimes there is only a title - with no justification as to why that is the correct answer. This ...
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What exactly are our guidelines for declaring the question as “not useful”?

SFF.SE's downvote arrow lists 3 criteria for when a question should be downvoted ("No research", "unclear", "not useful"). The first 2 are reasonably clear-cut, even though the "unclear" one has ...
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Why down-voting results in negative reputation?

I recently down-voted an answer to this question that has abusive and inappropriate content and I got -1 reputation point for that. I don't care that much for the reputation points but I feel it is ...
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Difference between Up-Voting and starred “Favourite Questions”?

I'm quite new to the site and one mechanism is rather unclear to me. The Help system clearly states Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, ...
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How can I get -8 for a single DV?

From my rep history today: -8| 1 hour ago| downvote| Does “Pacific Rim” have references/influences How is that possible? Usually if it was 4 DVs, it would show that it's 4 (and make it expandable). ...
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Should I upvote *and* vote to close?

I sometimes find questions that are not suited for the site (usually because they are list questions), but I find interesting. Often times I upvote the question, and then cast a close vote. Does ...
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Why don't some people vote?

I was going through the stats, and it appears there are some long time users with substantial rep that don't vote, or vote very seldom. We all like rep. It gives us the privileges and badges that ...
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Are successive downvotes ever countered?

I know that if someone is looking to just upvotes one person, and does so in a matter of minutes the system catches that. I feel like I may have had the reverse and been down voted on three questions ...
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How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise?

How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise? E.g. questions asks "Why did X happen in work Y", when in fact X never happened in work Y. Specific example is Where did Doc Brown get ...
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How do I vote on story identification questions/answers?

Most story identification questions are easy to vote on, if you think it's well written, not obvious and deserving of an answer it probably deserves an upvote. The answers however are much harder for ...
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How should we vote on meta discussion questions?

The tooltip for up voting a meta question suggests that it is appropriate when the question is clear, shows prior research, and is useful. A down vote is appropriate when the question the opposite is ...
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Should a Down Vote require a comment?

Would it be a reasonable to require Down Votes on questions (and maybe answers) force the user to first leave a comment, or mark an attached comment as great? This would be to help prevent blind ...
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List of questions I voted on

Is there a page where you can view what you have voted on?
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Is it possible to find out who has voted on a particular question or comment?

That's it, it's all in the title, sweet!
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How is viewing vote counts useful and why isn't it available regardless of rep?

Listed as a privilege is the ability to view vote counts broken down into the number of up and down votes. What do people use this for? And why do you need a significant amount of reputation before ...
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Are question down-votes discouraged during a beta?

"Questions that are deemed sufficiently off-topic may be closed by the community". At the moment, it seems like questions that are even just a little bit off-topic - or might be off-topic, but hasn't ...