I have been on a number of stackexchange sites, and the level of down-voting (and reluctance to up-vote) on philosophy.SE is just bonkers. Recently I received a down-vote on an answer to a question asking for philosophy jokes. My answer quoted a joke and included a linked reference to the source. There was zero controversy or possible offensiveness in the joke. BOOM --- down-vote!
So anyway, the community here is so [BLEEP]-up that you get down-voted for a [BLEEP] joke* (in the context of a question that asked for jokes). Even an innocuous joke is apparently too controversial to avoid down-voting!
I am not too fussed about reputation on this site. I have plenty of rep on some other sites (mostly CrossValidated) and I recently started making some contributions. As someone coming across from other sites, it is demotivating when you contribute something as innocuous as a little joke you liked (again, in the context of a question that asked for jokes) and you still get a little (-2) red flag the next time you visit. I understand that not everyone will like the same jokes, and hence, some will not be up-voted. But honestly, down-voting a joke? What the [BLEEP] is wrong with people on this site? If this is the atmosphere here, is there any point continuing to contribute?
My question: What kind of atmosphere does the voting on this site create for new(ish) users who come across from other SE sites? Is this something that people on here think is normal?
Note: Whether the question asking for jokes is within the scope of this site is a separate question that has been raised here. To be clear, I posted an answer to the question, not the question itself.
Update: Due to attempts to side-track discussion, I have added [BLEEPS] to remove swear words in the original post. My view is that this detracts from getting the message across, but hopefully now it is possible to discuss the substance of the issue.