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Commenting directly on how individuals vote is probably not something we should pursue: voting is ultimately down to each user provided it does not fall into the 'sock puppet' or 'revenge downvoting' category. However, the general point is one that is worth discussion. From early on, the general position has been that 'parallel' answers are valid, as it may ...


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Quoting from the Vote Down privileges page: What is voting down? Voting down, also known as "casting downvotes", is how the community indicates which questions and answers are least useful. When should I vote down? Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and ...


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The simple answer is don't even try to interpret downvotes. :) You will receive so few of them that in the grand scheme of things they are even more irrelevant than votes already are. But that aside, the voting system on the Stack Exchange sites was designed (I think) to be the great democratic way of deciding quality, and in that democratic tradition, ...


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I'm not entirely sure how "meta" works, so perhaps this isn't an answer. My personal opinion is that consistency is important. To a new user of LaTeX, the distinction between what is trivial and what isn't might be difficult to make. Thus, when confronted by a pair of questions similar to those above, it might not be entirely clear what is "acceptable" to ...


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I just would like to point out that the popup text for the downvote button might be misleading. It says "This answer is not useful." You might read that as This answer is not useful to me. and then a downvote might be the right thing. You might also read it as This answer is not useful to the OP. Again, the downvotes in this case could be correct. ...


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So I think the user is mafp so no need to anonymize since you have the link to the question. Just come to the chat room or invite the user to a custom chat room if you are really curious about the issue and willing to attack the problem to its full extent... I had also similar problems with a user a year ago or so but everytime we made a chat session the ...


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It's not a bug, the user who downvoted reversed his decision three days later, which is shown as an "undownvote" in the reputation history: I don't know why this isn't reflected in the timeline, I guess it still uses the old, less fine-grained reputation display approach.


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This is really just a long comment. I know that a question like this would pop up in meta after a series of do-it-for-me (especially those related to drawing) questions that were answered and got very high number of upvotes. I have asked myself this very same question. The following are my take on this issue. We should be consistent with the post-an-MWE ...


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Voting is intended to be anonymous, and so there is a limited amount that we can say about specific votes. That said, there is some information we can pick up about patterns. The automated script which reverses 'serial' votes does know who votes for who. So the fact that it's acted here suggests that there was some pattern here. There is also a certain ...


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I won't really answer this meta question, rather I'll add couple observations, I hope they'll be helpful: Answering old questions is sometimes an adventure, the OP is in most cases completely uninterested in the problem, and often is not disponsible. Still, it is an important way of contributing so +1 to both of you. There is nothing wrong with providing an ...


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As I am involved in this, I think I should answer, too. The real culprit of all this is that the question Use a quality glossary and acronym list in Lyx is a form of an XY problem. The OP probably wanted to make the answer of How to combine Acronym and Glossary work within LyX. He actually asked something different: instead of making the glossaries approach ...


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Is OP the king for his upvote,accept and downvote actions on his Q & A ?. May be not, He/She is, until the first stage when OP brings the new idea to the community domain at later stage "parallel" answers develop to cater broader audience. Hence OP's responsibility increases on his upvote/downvote/comments behaviour along with upvoters/commentators ...


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Keep in mind that the processes are set up for the entire network, and in some (many?) cases the nature by one of the largest networks - Stack Overflow - governs the implementation. There you typically deal with a sharks den of coding experts. Voting still reigns supreme in terms of the Stack Exchange ranking mechanism. We tend to favour the one direction (...


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First separate the question into two categories: Posts on Meta and posts on the Main site. Meta posts Voting on meta doesn't influence your reputation and therefore people might be more willing to downvote, especially questions. Regardless, voting on meta is considered different from voting on the main site since the posts deal with content on the main ...


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I think Draw this table BAD! Draw this picture GREAT! Construct this equation - BAD! is the site rule. We have tons of just-do-it-for-me picture questions which are largely upvoted, even if asked by old users. Whereas just-do-it-for-me tables are usually downvoted. This one, for example, was sensibly dowvoted two times: Create table question. The ...


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Voting is the voter's prerogative, and therefore they are the person who needs to intervene if something was done by accident and any correction period has lapsed. The best way to handle it is to edit the post, then reverse your vote or vote alternatively. Yes, this is possible. These types of voting corrections should be very few, and therefore shouldn't ...


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