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the edition and the -9 vote downs makes me feel abused by high-rep members. First, your question does not have -9 downvotes, so I have no idea where you're getting that from. Second, in the recent past, there was a rash of sock-puppetry on GDSE. That's probably where the -25 came from. The sock puppet owner likely upvoted your question from 5 different ...


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"This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear, or not useful." That's what the downvote tooltip says, and I say that's just fine for dealing with these. People don't like getting 5 downvotes; it makes them feel bad. So they'll either fix the question and learn how to do it right, or leave the site. Either way seems ok with me.


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If there are no other comments and you're going to down vote the question/answer, it's polite and useful to post a comment. The FAQ specifically asks you to do so. It's part of the etiquette of the site. Without the comment, the down vote is fairly worthless. I believe someone asking for a comment to explain a down vote is the same as asking someone to ...


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As it's been stated here or in one of the links you posted, donwvotes should encourage bad questions posters to either delete or modify the question. These questions don't technically fit in any 'close' categories, but as DMGregory suggested in this situation, a close vote with a 'custom' reason could take care of it. At this point, it's in the hands of ...


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At the end of the day, voting is anonymous. We can't really tell you why any of the votes have been placed, for sure, unless we were specifically the ones who placed them. The closest bet is that Tim lost his keys, again. I feel I should also point out that I almost always see a direct link between "why have my questions been down-voted" questions ...


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I think these kinds of low-quality self-answered questions come from a misunderstanding of the goal of StackExchange. It isn't great at being a help desk; instead it is designed to build up a knowledge base to help future readers. A better way to use StackExchange is to: Use a search engine to see if there's an existing solution to your problem Search for ...


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I mistakenly thought these were already officially off-topic, hence my (potentially misplaced) vote on the question MAnd links. On one hand I think there is value in discouraging using StackExchange as a Google proxy. We expect users to search this site for existing questions before asking and close duplicates, so it doesn't seem unduly onerous to ask them ...


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