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Peak down-voting insanity?

A useful comparison might be drawn with stackoverflow. StackOverflow is about programming problems. People go there when they have questions about particular issues they're having with writing code, ...
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6-8 people dislike the question within 2 hours: why?

I'm sorely tempted to say the question is self-answering: I'm guessing that a ranted or rambling question can at least appear to be incoherent. In my mind, that's exactly how your question reads. ...
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Isn't everything helpful - except it isn't?

I really like to vote, especially after I thoroughly read an question or answer. Of course, this means that I will only vote when I have enough time to read thoroughly, and that I can only vote on ...
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Is voting being underutilized?

Thanks to Keelan doing the Data Explorer work for me I've been able to produce the graphs for the other aspect to this question that might be missed from the groupings selected. Below is a graph ...
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I've added a simple tag

Let's leave aside the meta-ness of the simple tag. The other problem with it is that every question and every good answer to every question should be "simple" - it should not contain superfluous ...
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Is it ok to down vote an answer because you disagree with something it said?

This very question has been asked many times over. Some good answers can be found here. Ultimately, it is a fact of StackExchange that votes are often based on bias. They should, ideally, be based on ...
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Should downvotes have explanations?

Firstly, these are mechanisms that are deeply embedded in the StackExchange platform, so there is no way for us to handle it differently just for one site. This leads us to Meta.StackExchange - and ...
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Peak down-voting insanity?

Allow me to set the context for this answer by recanting my experience on this site. Please take care not to misconstrue my attitude to any particular user. My time here measures in mere weeks and ...
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When do we need to clairify terms?

We should all be ready to clarify our questions at all times. You can preempt clarification requests by writing it as clearly as you can and including links to resources that explain more. Compound ...
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Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful?

Yes "revenge" voting is against the rules. Each vote should be made on the merits of the individual post in question. Unfortunately isolated cases cannot be distinguished from more legitimate voting. ...
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Updating Philosophy.SE practices to allow for Rebuttals and edits

If the proposal is to change Philosophy.SE settings to be a bit more forgiving of automatic deletion of posts, then yes, I'd be all for that. Understandably, it makes sense to give new users a chance ...
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why did I get a +1 but nothing evident?

For just one point, the most likely situation is: You spent 1 point on down-voting a question or answer. The user or a mod deleted the item. You were reimbursed the 1 point. There could also be ...
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What's the point of cloasing or putting a question on hold

The short answer is simply that the way you describe is not currently how the system is set up. A handful of people with a certain amount of standing (reputation), or elected moderators, are given the ...
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Quit voting the person who asks the question

Two things: The question about the definition of "physical" is not, as far as I can tell, the undesirable kind of definition-question. We don't want philosophically irrelevant questions like "what is ...
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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

Individual users can downvote for any reason --that's just how SE is set up. However, the reputation rules are designed to prevent vendetta downvoting. There is a personal cost to frequent ...
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Fess up if the same person is downvoting so many of my questions

Don't expect explanations for downvotes. Downvotes mean one of three things: That someone was emotionally triggered by something in your post That you post was incoherent, inconsistent, or otherwise ...
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Is it ok to down vote an answer because you disagree with something it said?

In an ideal world, a well informed evaluation of a post would hinge on objective criteria of evaluation like: Does it answer the question? Is the response clear? Are there references and citations to ...
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Why would this answer be voted down?

Because it simply does not answer the question as asked. The question asks for an explanation of the reasoning of Quine and the extent of consequences following out of it. Your answer states some ...
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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

I don't know about the exact context of the question, but if you've actually seen a user down voting based on personal opinion know that it is forbidden. Seeing as question should not present too much ...
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Peak down-voting insanity?

Although I voted to close that particular question, I agree with you about down voting. I have down voted 3 times since I’ve been here in the early weeks. Each time I also added a comment why I ...

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