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Offering a bounty in exchange for upvotes

This is not allowed. I've removed the offer. Stack Exchange works by ensuring that the best information rises to the top. Thus, the motivation for upvoting a post needs to be anchored in the merits ...
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Downvoting needs to change

Don't be disheartened by very negative scores In many ways, a very negative score means you did something right - people looked at your question. Maybe it was unpopular, but the best solution is to ...
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Why are all the answers here being downvoted?

I am the person who downvoted. I am not afraid "to come forward", as many have speculated. I don't believe that I have done anything wrong, and I am rather certain I have not broken any rules. So ...
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Could PPCG benefit from a new sorting mode for answers?

Measuring the Strength of the FGITW Effect Although this answer isn't a suggestion for a solution, it should provide a better understanding of the problem. A proper understanding is necessary to ...
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On downvoting questions of users not in the know

The tooltip for the downvote button says This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. It is an excellent description of the question you link. Does not show any ...
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Why are some users so quick to jump on a bandwagon?

Conservation of nitpicking I want to give a pragmatic answer on the need for nitpicking. By nitpicks, I mean tedious-seeming inquiries on minor points like "Can the list be empty?" or "...
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Don't downvote off topic posts into oblivion

posts that are unintentionally against our on-topic guidelines have no reason to be downvoted. This is false; posts with a score of -4 or lower do not appear on the front page. Making low quality ...
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Incentives for answering old questions

Run a monthly contest We have an annual contest which attracts quite a bit of attention to the winners inherently, and a bit more because it uses bounties for prizes. It's too process-heavy to run ...
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Newbie question about voting

Voting while participating As it's a contest it doesn't make sense to vote for other answers - does it? It is a contest, but I like to think of it as a challenge. And everyone participates ...
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On downvoting questions of users not in the know

If the challenge is a homework question in disguise, or otherwise looks like an attempt to get this community to do someone else's work for them, then I would downvote it. I would certainly not direct ...
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Could PPCG benefit from a new sorting mode for answers?

Random Sorting I propose that a purely random default sorting would solve the above problems. It would simply remove the bias towards any kind of answer and would distribute the votes more fairly. Of ...
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Newbie question about voting

Do not vote for code length! Code length is not a good way to determine what to vote for, because it isn't a good indicator of quality. A golflang submission can be thoroughly uninteresting and still ...
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How did I lose 5 reputation on an answer?

A quick glance at your reputation history reveals that your answer was unaccepted (-15) and got an upvote (+10). The sum is the -5 you saw in the notification area.
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Should I upvote an answer based on how much it was improved?

No one can tell you how to vote Voting is a very subjective thing. Some people are liberal, others not so much. Ultimately, you should upvote or downvote an answer (or question) if you think it's ...
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Downvoting wrong answers in a specific language

All of the reasons you give for downvoting are acceptable and appropriate reasons. The fact that you're not paying attention to other languages, so you don't downvote other answers that fit those ...
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Incentives for answering old questions

Clarify how to handle changing standards Visibility and incentives aside, answering old questions is awkward because of changing site standards. I've given up on submissions I started to write ...
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Is it permitted to upvote only to test submissions?

Absolutely not In general Targeted upvoting – i.e., upvoting because of the poster instead of the post itself – is forbidden on the entire network and can have unpleasant consequences both for the ...
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Should I upvote an answer based on how much it was improved?

I think the direct answer ought to be 'NO: you should not upvote an answer based on whether it was improved.' If this was common practice, it could encourage answerers to deliberately submit ...
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Downvoting needs to change

I don't think it makes sense to put a limit on the votes of a post -- people vote the way they want, there should not be a restriction on that. What I do agree with, is that people should change ...
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2 downvotes + 1 upvote = 1 more reputation

Reddit karma is +1/-1. Why should SE rep be +10/-2? In short, the voting and reputation structure are optimized for a Q/A site rather than a system that ranks popular opinions. There is asymmetry in ...
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Why are all the answers here being downvoted?

You shouldn't use moderator flags for this purpose -- I don't know what you expect me to do. Information about individual votes is private, even for moderators. Presumably whoever cast these votes is ...
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Downvoting Questions on Hold

Voting and closing serve two separate purposes, so doing both can send two separate signals. The purpose of a (challenge) downvote, as per the tooltip that appears when you hover over it, is: This ...
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Newer users can't view vote counts, therefore cannot view current site consensus

Converting my deleted comment into an answer for more visibility While this is a popular idea (and something I personally support), changing this isn't going to happen, but there is an easy way around ...
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Free privileges with "Graduation Userscript"

Vote breakdowns are trivially exposed to userscripts (you can even get them from Stack Exchange Data Explorer) but without such a script you're limited by privilege reputation thresholds. You don't ...
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Could PPCG benefit from a new sorting mode for answers?

Randall Munroe - a statistical estimation ordering When reddit had a similar problem with new comments getting lost at the bottom, Randall Munroe brought in a new sorting algorithm. Obviously don't ...
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Can deleted answers be down-voted?

No If a user that can see deleted posts tries to downvote one, they will get the message: This post has been deleted; deleted posts can't be voted on However, due to a known bug horrible design ...
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An experiment into the FGITW phenomenon

These are some very interesting and, unfortunately, not-too-surprising results. I do think the FGITW phenomenon is quite disappointing and discouraging for what I'd say are higher quality and higher ...
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How long can I access my deleted question?

As far as I know, questions are never truly deleted unless they contain extreme vulgarity or spam. And I believe only SE employees can do these hard deletions. You can view your deleted question for ...
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