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When to Downvote due to a Language Barrier

If there are spelling and grammar issues, I simply edit and fix them, as long as I can understand the intent. I don't think I'd ever downvote for grammar/spelling. It's much better for the quality of ...
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Can this reasonable question be reopened?

As others mentioned, the question was added in an edit after the closure and was actually different from what I would have guessed prior to the question actually being asked directly instead of just ...
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When to Downvote due to a Language Barrier

If a question is unclear, IMO the best option to flag/vote a question to be closed for reasons of being "unclear what you're asking". Echoing MikeW's answer, if a question is unclear, I comment and ...
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I downvoted an answer in error and would like to undo that. Can I, and how?

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 ...
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Is it ok to upvote questions

Without wanting to be too unhelpful, you should upvote questions you think are good questions. One way to determine this is by the tooltip on the upvote button: This question shows research effort; ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote well-meaning, on-topic questions that don't fit the Stack Exchange format?

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote well-meaning, on-topic questions that don't fit the Stack Exchange format?

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 ...
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I downvoted an answer in error and would like to undo that. Can I, and how?

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 ...
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