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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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Is a facetious comment sufficient evidence of voting irregularities to justify a suspension?

Thanks everyone who attempted to help in my plight, and I apologize to everyone for my dis-honest behavior. At first the notice I received did state that I was suspended for serial down-voting which ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

According to Stack Exchange network policy, yes this is reasonable. See Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions? on main meta. The top answer says yes because answering bad questions ...
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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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Why do some one line story identification answers get so many upvotes?

The simple answer to why they get so many upvotes is that they're correct. These upvotes are usually either from people who agree with the identification, or who come in after the OP has accepted it. ...
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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. Yes. And that's probably why the question has not received any close votes at this time. are these downvotes undeserved? Whether or ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

Voters should be able to change their votes, even if it requires the answer to be edited. But those edits must have some value. To be frank, I've never been clear on why votes need to be "locked in" ...
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Taking advantage of voter availability

This smells too much like 'gaming the system'. Votes for closing or reopening are supposed to be based on community policies - these questions are on-topic, those questions are off-topic, maybe there'...
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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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Downvoting answers by new users

The whole point of the voting system is to identify good and bad contributions. Good contributions should be upvoted and bad ones should be downvoted, regardless of whether they're from new users or ...
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Is this serial voting?

Yes, based on your description, it's almost certain that you've been the recipient/victim of a serial upvoter. My guess would be that given your proclivity for solving story-identification questions, ...
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Why did these two similar questions get different reactions?

For the record, I down-voted each question due to lack of research. I would expect your question was down-voted by others for similar reasons. Furthermore, you asked a second question asking who the ...
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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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What exactly are our guidelines for declaring the question as "not useful"?

Guidelines? We don't need no stinking guidelines!: I think this question (and some others here recently) misses the point: voting is a mass activity. If lots of people vote based on their own ...
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Is there an issue with (my) daily vote limits?

The vote limit is more complex than a simple "40 votes per day." There are a number of meta questions about it, including this one and this one. The basic idea, though, is: You get to vote 30 times ...
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Why did these two similar questions get different reactions?

Let's take a step back for a moment. The OP of this meta thread has a problem: they got downvoted. Instead of trying to answer the question as asked, I think it would be more helpful to focus on ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

Found an answer on main meta that links to an answer on another question by Jeff Atwood, where he suggests: If you have doubts, reserve your vote. If you feel so strongly that you've made a terrible ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

Vote up anything you want to see more of. Vote down anything you want to see less of. The purpose of voting* is content curation. Voting something up makes it more visible, while voting something ...
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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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What does the little star underneath the vote for a question do?

It marks the question as a favourite. If you hover your cursor over the star (assuming you’re using a device that has a cursor to hover), you’ll see the description: This is a favourite question (...
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Downvoting answers by new users

It's possible to downvote without being unwelcoming. The motive behind your question is a good one, but your suggested solution is wrong. We should be welcoming to new users, yes, but not at the ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

NO. Edits should only be made if actually improving the post, not just to change your voting. One thing I would consider while doing this is what is your end goal? If the answer you are wanting to ...
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Why did these two similar questions get different reactions?

I downvoted your question for a few reasons; It wasn't especially clear what you were asking. As the title reads, who is the biggest (w.r.t. dimensions, obviously) force-sensitive character in ...
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Bad or down-voteable questions on Sci-Fi Stack and its consequences?

A long time ago, both of the things you are asking for used to happen. Question upvotes were worth 10 reputation points, and downvoting a question cost you reputation. The first was changed to ...
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If I up vote an answer that is negative, will the user still get the 10 points?

Yes. From the help centre: You gain reputation when: [...] answer is voted up: +10 This applies regardless of the current score of the answer. As for the help links not working, you might want ...
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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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