# Don't downvote off topic posts into oblivion

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Occasionally, PPCG gets an off-topic post or two. Usually, these are closed fairly quickly, and the user is informed that this isn't what this site is about. The majority of the time, the user is posting here because they have misunderstood the point of the site, not because they want to deliberately spam the site.

However, recently, I've been noticing a trend in the voting patterns of said off-topic posts. Off topic posts are quickly getting downvoted, as well as closed. 1, 2, 3. These are all deleted, but have the vote scores -4, -3 and -5.

Sure these posts aren't a good or right fit for the site, but that doesn't mean they are worth a lot of downvotes, which can give a negative impression of the site towards the new users posting this off-topic content. I'm not saying we don't downvote spam posts, such as this, but posts that are unintentionally against our on-topic guidelines have no reason to be downvoted.

I'm proposing that we stop downvoting these off-topic posts into oblivion, and instead leave a single downvote and a comment explaining why the post isn't right for this site. What do you think?

• If everyone leave a single downvote, the question will receive a lot of downvotes as well. Also 1 questions with less than -2 score can be deleted immediately, and 2 downvote is an indication that the question is off-topic, exactly what downvote is designed for. – user202729 Mar 11 '18 at 1:49
• Occasionally? I think you mean far too regularly! – Shaggy Mar 11 '18 at 18:33
• – user202729 Mar 22 '18 at 3:08
• I have noticed far too often that questions about downvoting have been...downvoted – Redwolf Programs Aug 25 '18 at 13:53