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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

Yes, Absolutely, Without Reserve. First of all, at the risk of repeating myself: Users Should Downvote However They Want Downvoting on Stack Exchange is anonymous for a reason. As long as a user is ...
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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

It is allowed, but probably not to be encouraged Outside of certain prohibited voting patterns (for example, those that target certain users), people may use downvotes however they choose. On the ...
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Seeing as downvotes are used to signal that a question is not well written, should you upvote or downvote a poorly written question you've edited?

Vote on the final product Nobody can stop you from voting how you want but the system has a number of features designed around people changing their votes in reaction to edits. This is why your vote ...
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Which question on SFF has the highest number of downvotes?

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)...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've noticed that you have a strong tendency to go on the offensive when anyone makes a comment that you disagree with. You comment-flood them with multiple responses explaining why they're wrong, and ...
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Why is pointing out a plot hole in a question downvoted?

Because pointing out plotholes is boring, and most of us that have been here a while are beyond sick of seeing them, for the following reasons: Most of them are not plot holes. A "plot hole" is a ...
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Which question on SFF has the highest number of downvotes?

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....
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Seeing as downvotes are used to signal that a question is not well written, should you upvote or downvote a poorly written question you've edited?

The purpose of voting is to indicate the quality of a post, not as a reward/punishment for a user. I agree with Laurel's answer, but the above maxim pretty much answers your question by itself. If the ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've downvoted some of your questions but not the ones you mention here. I rarely comment when I downvote because the purpose of downvotes is not primarily to give the OP feedback, it's to give ...
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Am I being singled out by a grumpy downvoter?

The publicly available information certainly looks suspicious: your posts were downvoted at 03:29:28, 03:29:32, 03:29:35, and 03:29:59 this morning. They were all questions (which are free to downvote)...
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Why was my answer downvoted?

I'm one of the downvoters here, both on the question and the answer. NB, obviously the whole explanation below only engages me. I'm not speaking for the other voters, who may have other reasons to up/...
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How to handle thuggery?

This Q&A here explains a bit about the serial voting reversal script and links to the more detailed post on meta.SE: Is this serial voting? A script runs every day and looks for patterns of ...
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Shouldn't downvoting uninteresting posts be forbidden?

There are two underlying premises about voting on SE that you need to keep in mind: The first is that in a crowd-based system (like voting on SE), it's the aggregate and relative results that are ...
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Is it possible to ask for moderators to check if a user has abnormally downvoted you?

While there's always the possibility that you've been very cleverly targeted, a look at your recent Q+A would strongly suggest that you're not being targeted at all. You've had 27 downvotes in the ...
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How to combat behavior of a malicious serial down-voter?

I have had many of my questions/answers downvoted only once without any given reason. So, I can understand what you are saying. But here is what I have to say: At the moment, the only option is to ...
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I re-read the help documents and I couldn't find anything about the act of downvoting

The "penalty" is explained in the help page for the "vote down" privilege. What happens when I vote down? When you vote down, you are nudging that content "down" the ...
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Why isn't a down voted question moved to the top of the front page after editing one of its answers?

The question currently has a score of -13, so its score is too low to be bumped to the front page: Questions with sufficiently low score will not be bumped when either they or their answers are ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've given some of your questions upvotes and a few of them downvotes. Most of them I've just been "meh" about, but I tend to skim over a lot of content here. None of that is specific to you, and it'...
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Are we allowed to ASK about the reason for downvotes?

It’s certainly discouraged According to this answer on the main meta site, written by one of our benevolent overlords: I flag them on sight. IMHO, they are noise at best, and potentially ...
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I re-read the help documents and I couldn't find anything about the act of downvoting

Downvoting any answer costs 1 rep. This is not a "penalty" but rather to discourage people from arbitrarily downvoting answers. In some cases, rather than downvoting, we should be editing the answer ...
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How to combat behavior of a malicious serial down-voter?

I think the first thing you'd have to do is give an example of this happening, and then we could talk about whether it's harming the site. When have you seen this happen? I just had a look through ...
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Is it possible to ask for moderators to check if a user has abnormally downvoted you?

There is already a system to detect malicious voting patterns and correct the reputation accordingly. If someone serial up-votes and down-votes your answers/questions, you have to wait for at least ...
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Are users encouraged to downvote questions for being duplicates?

While voting is anonymous and users are of course free to vote however they like... Users are not necessarily encouraged to downvote questions purely because they are duplicates. The help center ...
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Lowest-scoring question of all time (including deleted questions)

I believe this is what you're looking for; Deleted questions with score If you run the search (and you've got over 10K rep), you can review the questions that were low voted and subsequently deleted ...
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Do I not lose rep if I downvote a question that has been closed?

You lose rep if you downvote an answer. You do not lose rep for downvoting a question. From help page: When you vote down, you are nudging that content "down" the page, so it will be seen by ...
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Why is my question getting downvoted?

Several people didn't understand your question, as evidenced by the comments and comment upvotes I don't understand your question. What would it mean for one fictional tank to "be" another ...
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Why was my answer downvoted?

I didn’t downvote but I don’t think it is unreasonable that people have downvoted it. The question asked for a page number, and the only page number provided in your answer was one which you said is ...
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Are users encouraged to downvote questions for being duplicates?

There are two ways to answer this question: Users Should Downvote However They Want Downvoting on Stack Exchange is anonymous for a reason. As long as a user is not abusively downvoting (that is, ...
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Someone only upvoted my question once I accepted their answer (probably). Is this proper conduct?

You say this: Then I noticed I gained 2 rep from that question and then plus 10. Apparently, at the same time that I accepted that dude's answer, someone canceled their downvote on my question, then ...
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