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Lets address this first "I know I'm supposed to write a comment when I down vote anyone" - simply not true. Downvoting does not require or need a comment. If you choose you may offer an explanation, but it is certainly not the expectation nor something you should feel guilty about not doing. Second, if somebody asks you - either answer truthfully or don't ...


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A. Your facts are not always, actually, facts. Some of them are... interesting opinions. Some of them are wrong. B. Even when you're right, you're not always presenting your case in a way that's very convincing. This is especially important when you're going against conventional wisdom. C. You are very argumentative, which attracts downvotes. And, not "...


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No, it's not permitted, and those votes will be automatically reversed once detected. Give it 24 hours, then post here if this doesn't happen.


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Agreed. This is not an opinion-based question, this is a question about the creative process. Which is subjective, but just as photography itself. Gear-related questions are boring, common all over the internet, and not that related to actual photography.


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I think the downvotes are for declaring something is a hoax ("To be honest, I think it's a hoax.") without real evidence, especially when there is really no indication at all it is a hoax. Basically, the downvotes are for the arrogant attitude, especially when the OP doesn't seem to know enough behind the technology to make a proper evaluation either way.


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The spirit in which the question is written sounds like rant, while perhaps not really being that. So far what I've seen on this site, rant is not a good writing style here. It may work in writing a blog post, though.


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I did a little looking around. Moderators don't have direct access to some of this sort of information, but the SE network will take of things if the pattern is suspicious. Serial voting is such a pattern and should be reversed when the bot gets a chance to do its thing. See this: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? for some details.


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I downvoted your answer to What's a concise "I'm not dangerous" phrase for a business card?. I was put off by the combination of 2 things: the sarcastic tone at the beginning, and what I felt was poor general advice for the rest of it. Either element alone normally doesn't get a downvote from me. We have plenty of answers with a sarcastic ...


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I think some of the downvotes on your questions may be due to the amount of information presented in your questions as fact that is incorrect. Most of those false assumptions could have been avoided by searching for and reading existing questions and answers on the subject before asking your question. Additionally you seem to often present opinions that ...


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Try backing up your "facts" with actual evidence and citations rather than asserting that you're correct and that everyone else is wrong. Part of the premise of this site is that people garner reputation through demonstration of knowledge and skill, backed by solid information, over time, and not through simple assertion of their mastery and everyone else's ...


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I didn't downvote, but I specifically didn't upvote on a post where you refer to "the 'poor bugger' in a 3d world country". I'm not clear on what exactly you mean, but it seems disparaging, and that's not the kind of attitude I want to see in posts on this site. You have another answer (about a "harmless identifier" on a business card) where I literally ...


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I have read one of your downvoted answers: people are downvoting not the facts but your inaccurate usage of terms which warps the facts so that they do not look like facts anymore. Why is it ok to down vote facts?


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I was reading your downvoted answers. The problem I think was specifically on the Crop-factor-Aperture relationship. Thoose are the statements that are not acurate.


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The etiquette is much the same as any StackExchange site - if a question shows research effort; is useful and clear, it may be upvoted; If it doesn't fulfill that criteria, it may be downvoted. It appears from the comments, that there is a perception that no research effort was demonstrated, so I suspect that may be why it attracted a couple of downvotes - ...


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The FAQ for this Meta site describes this already... What does voting mean here? Voting here works a bit differently from the main site. On Meta, voting is often used to express agreement or disagreement, not to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Please don't be concerned if you receive downvotes – members of the community may simply disagree ...


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Your answer was likely downvoted because it contained a broad rebuke of the use of p2p downloading for any reason. Because the question was specifically about darktable, "Do not use p2p/torrent to download this software!" appears to refer to darktable. (I didn't vote, but vaguely recall having that impression.) Further, in the comments, it appeared you were ...


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P2P/Torrents are sometimes used for legitimate downloads as well. You shouldn't pirate Lightroom, but if there is a download of the non-cracked installer on a P2P service, there's absolutely nothing wrong with downloading it via P2P which may very well be faster than from Adobe's site. I'd guess the downvote was probably for the very random bit about ...


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This is one of the key reasons Stack Exchange works. On Facebook Questions, for example, everyone voted down all competing answers, basically making the thing useless. There are other ways to solve that, but this is very elegant. By the time you have enough reputation to go on a downvoting rampage, you're usually engaged enough with the site that you won't.


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Downvotes on questions don't give -1, to promote well researched questions which are not easily found elsewhere in the net. Downvotes on answers imply a small negative effect, so that you value them well. It is much smaller than the amount you get when you are upvoted, so it shouldn't pose a problem. This was slightly different in the past, the current ...


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Yes. If the question or answer is edited, you can change the vote. And, that's true even if you are the editor. It'd probably be bad to do this all the time, but look for some small thing that can be improved, and make that edit. (In this case, possibly a bit of clarification to remove whatever aspect left you confused in the first place. If the original ...


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I took a look at some of your questions and answers. I can't speak to specifics, and I think that you're not going to get an answer there anyways, but from a more general perspective I think your challenge has been "opinion" is a factor in both your questions and answers, rather than facts. Opinions generate discussion, which is cool for chat rooms and ...


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I think it would certainly help if we had an easier way to find and point others to any SE community guidelines regarding the appropriate reasons for downvoting a question. I don't tend to downvote questions if they are off topic. I vote to close them as off topic. Of course that often requires writing an explanation as to why it is off topic which is then ...


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I didn't vote but your Do not use p2p/torrent to download LR software! did sound odd. Nothing wrong with P2P per se, even to download LR software if you have the license. If it's a warning that the Adobe folks could be setting up bait torrents to catch the IPs of downloaders for legal action, it should be stated more clearly. If it is a general warning ...


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I'm not sure I understand your complaint. Your statement, that one should not use p2p software to download Darktable, is misleading and confusing. The other statement, that it's not illegal to download Lightroom when it's properly paid for (e.g. from https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html) seems fine. If you disagree, use your own votes.


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I've always assumed part of the downvoting was because there might be members who recognize that the question is off-topic or doesn't belong here, but don't have the 3k+ rep required to actually vote to close a question.


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The ability of users to downvote content is part of the system. The content itself has no influence on the existence of this ability.


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My advice on upvoting is to vote up whenever you see an answer that is a good answer. Don't limit yourself to the absolute best answers but upvote all answers that to your best knowledge are correct thorough good answers. This will encourage the good members of this community to stay in and keep on posting those good answers. It is not a sin to be wrong ...


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