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People don't downvote you because they disagree that your opinion should be posted on this website, they disagree that any opinion should be posted on this website. Many people on this website will downvote any question or answer which is one-sided and opinionated even when they completely agree with the opinion. The reason is that such contributions do not ...


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It is understandable when some users do not believe that Donald Trump is a reliable source, because he has repeatedly been caught making false statements in the past. That does not mean that everything Trump said is automatically wrong, but it also shows that not every statement he makes should be believed without any skepticism. Further, the answer claims ...


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Let's start with the title. Simple arithmetic question The purpose of the title is to make a question recognizable. If someone else comes to the website with the exact same question, would they recognize that this is the question they are about to ask? No, because this title says absolutely nothing about the topic of the question. It could be about the GDP ...


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It indeed appears that you are the victim of rather unusual downvoting activity. It appears that over the past month, someone downvoted exactly one post of yours per day. Among those downvoted posts are posts made years ago. This pattern indeed looks like a revenge downvoting campaign, stretched out to one vote per day in an attempt to avoid triggering any ...


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Let me break this down as to where you went wrong and how you can get it right in the future Mexico paying for the wall by tariffs is not my invention, it's absolutely endorsed by the White House and the president himself. Being the president, he speaks on behalf of the country. The Trump administration consistently insist the wall will be indirectly paid ...


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I can't speak for all the downvotes, but I was one of them for a reason that came up several times in the comments and was pointed out in the answers: there is such a clear disconnect between your quote and your examples that it didn't seem like you could possibly be asking your question in good faith. The definition of freedom of speech you found states ...


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This is a type of question that tends to get downvotes. The structure is : The reason for a certain law is X Y and Z. But X Y and Z are not good reasons for this law Therefore this law is wrong. Prove me wrong... There are lots of questions like this about drug law What's the point of legalising dangerous drugs in some states in the US? Why are many ...


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Let's break down what you are claiming here: Unfortunately, some users are probably not aware of our rules. For instance, my answer received downvotes for no reason: Plenty of reasons were offered. You don't seem to agree with them. However, that's not the same as "for no reason." Mexico paying for the wall by tariffs is not my invention, it's ...


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Your issue is in assuming that citing the president, the white house or administration official sources count as "reliable sources". In fact, anything that the current american president has said is likely to need additional backup to be established as fact, especially since he has a widely and largely established practice of speaking complete falsities. ...


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There are people who have not downvoted but explained what they see wrong with the question. Yes, commenting is optional when you cast your (down-)vote; you can't force people to explain themselves. Yes, this is normal for Stack Exchange not to duplicate comments. Perhaps, other close-/down-voters simply agree to existing comment thread. I too think that you ...


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To add to the other two answers, I think the reason this question got such a negative response is that this question has been asked so many times, and people are just kind of annoyed at seeing it again. This isn't necessarily your fault since you didn't post it multiple times, though we do expect you to take some effort to search for duplicates before ...


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I'm not sure about the number of downvotes. Since questions about free speech come around more often and it considers a politicized issue (President Trump and social media), the downvoters may feel that a lack of research is reason for voting the way they did. As for the expletive term in the quote, I don't think it requires moderator intervention. It's part ...


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One thing I noticed about your question is that it straight up tell us what the purpose of fluoridation is(dental benefits), and then goes on to ask what the real motivation behind it is. The problem with that is that even if there is some hidden motivation behind it, then we, by definition, don't have sufficient proof of the motivation, and therefore ...


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First one is easily explained by the fact that the original down-voting and closing pertained to original, bad, version of that question, whose title wasn't the objective-ish answerable "plausible outcomes" but instead a wholly subjective speculative "What is going to happen after the Catalan referendum?" Please note that once a user fixed the question up ...


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For serial downvoting patterns like that the system will automatically unto it after a day or two. In the meantime, I'll see If there's anything I can do to investigate this, and see if there's any Stack Exchange standard remedy for this kind of behavior.


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The +4 relates to the total amount of rep points obtained, not the number of votes; upvotes add 10 points while downvotes subtract 2. 10-3*2 = 4 Note that the Reputation box in the profile summary only shows recent reputation events - see this related meta post - not overall totals of reputation gained from a post. You can see the full breakdowns here.


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I think this ought to be automatically caught, so I opened a request: Improve the detection of targetted downvoting (failed to catch someone downvoting a user almost daily for a month).


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(1) This topic seems clearly about the subject matter “politics”, so it seems to belong on this forum. I dispute this, and lament that more people seem to share your view than mine (and thus such questions remain open). Politics.SE defines "on-topic" here, and the only section that is close to applicable to your question is: Conflicting Egos: ...


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Is there any correlation between gender inequality and women choosing making porn for a living? The question is fascinating, but off topic, as it's not really about politics. The data you are looking for may influence policy decisions, however for the question to be on topic it would actually have to be about the policy decisions, or at the very least about ...


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Adding to @zaq's great answer, you seem to have received only three downvotes so far and two of them were cast even before you gained any reputation to lose. I know it's annoying and you want to know who downvoted your post, but nobody, including a moderator, has an access to this information unless they investigate a serial downvoting. If you suspect a ...


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It seems highly unlikely that there there are not some people on Politics.SE who use downvotes, (and upvotes), to strategically promote and suppress opinions. Officially this is frowned upon, and can be a banning offense. Presumably some of the more artless serial downvoters have been banned. The sarcastic characterization of "infiltrated by the ...


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Admittedly, this took me a while to parse - I had to keep reminding myself that the vote totals you are showing are the downvotes received not given. What you are saying What your list is showing is this: 8% of the people who have taken the time to consider your answer and are motivated enough to spend a point of reputation have found your answers ...


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