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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 SE to edit and fix the question rather than downvoting. If I can't understand the intent, I'd comment and ask for clarification. Downvotes I'd reserve for ...


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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 an outline of the situation. I have re-opened it now that it has an actual question. Also, as a general FYI, if you see something like this, feel free to just ...


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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 ask for clarification. Depending on how unclear the question is, I might wait 12-24 hours before voting to close as unclear, just to give the questioner time to ...


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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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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; it is useful and clear It is perfectly possible for you to think a question is not a good question ("This question does not show any research effort; it is ...


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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'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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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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