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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 ...


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Well, this is the main reason I've proposed a "back it up" rule for answers, most of the answers you linked to read more like opinion pieces than helpful answers. Obviously, I have no idea how anyone other than me voted, but I do share your concern that Politics is already starting to show signs of diminishing quality. We are not here to argue our positions,...


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No. Looking at the politics.SE stats, the site isn't doing so well on "questions per day", so incentivizing asking questions seems like a good thing. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will help us get out of beta status, but I think more high quality questions can help the community in general. The "answer ratio" is also not that great here, and more ...


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You may be mistaken. A user receives +5 rep when their question is upvoted and +10 when their answer is upvoted. This is true here on Politics.SE (see our tour) as well as other sites, such as SciFi.SE (their tour). Additionally, rep is "batched" on the navbar. So you may have +5 rep if some combination of events net out to a +5. For example, maybe you ...


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Cum grano salis... A (radical) way to prevent serial downvoting against an author would be to alter SE to a sort of secret ballot authorship, in which answers and questions would be shown, but never authors. Only the author (and the SE servers and higher ups) would know which posts that author wrote. To preserve the current comment/discussion mechanics, ...


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First, What you're asking for changes to things that are the same throughout SE. Meta.StackExchange.com would be a better place to propose such changes. The mods here can't adjust how many points you lose when you downvote. Second We don't really have a problem here with downvoting too much. If anything, the most common voting-related result of bias ...


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A close-vote is not a super down-vote. Voting to close simply means that this question either does not belong here or needs some modifications before it can be answered. You can really like a question, but still think it doesn't belong here. In that case you could upvote, but still vote to close. You can also think a question shows little research effort ...


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The answers should be down voted. Explain that the problem with the answer is not that it is necessarily wrong but that it is not explained well enough to be accepted as correct. Suggest points that should explained and referenced in order to make the answer acceptable.


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The highly upvoted questions tend to be those asking about actions of US politicians and US policy. Due to our user base, these questions tend to receive more attention and become featured on the Hot Network Questions list. Many of the questions may contain an implied criticism of a politician or political act, "Why does Trump do xyz?" It's not clear if ...


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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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I think you're using "open-ended" and "close-ended" differently than my understanding of them. I understand an open-ended question to be one where the answer may be invalidated at any time. Were there any days on which the temperature in the US dropped below -100 degrees F? This, as you said, is open-ended, because even if it's never happened in the ...


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We have a tag for voting-systems. I would find your six questions to be on-topic. Note that some of them might be considered under-researched. Also "What single-mark voting rules are there other than Plurality?" is likely too broad. List questions are almost always off-topic on any Stack Exchange. "Why is plurality so popular?" might be closed as ...


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I don't think that this would be a good idea. My impression is that most of the problem users on this website do not really care about their reputation score. They care about spreading their ideology. So increasing the penalty for moderating content would not be much of a deterrent for them. It would, however, be a deterrent for the constructive ...


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Downvote the answer if you think it's a low quality answer and/or if you think it misunderstands you question. That's what downvotes are for.


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Sorry, that is not a usable solution (leaving aside a separate questions of whether the problem you stated was diagnosed correctly in the first place, OR, separately, even if it was, whether the proposed solution would address the problem). It's trivially easy to earn rep on Politics. Combine political biases and bike-shedding, and posting a popular ...


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Originally questions gave +10 as well, but that was changed for SO (pre-SE network) in 2010 In other words, we’re rebalancing a bit to favor answers. So you're not getting more rep for answers, you're getting less for questions. More a philosophy than anything


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As long as politics stackexchange does not stand on its own, I'd argue that the (potential) benefit of using the same rules as the main site outweighs the (potential) drawbacks of using +10/+10. This argument of mine becomes irrelevant if/when the bulk of new politics users come here from other sources than hot network questions.


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The left/right bias here on Politics is less than average. Almost all newspapers, tv channels, and other media show a stronger bias than Politics.SE. Even within StackOverflow, Skeptics shows more bias than Politics. The moderators and high-rep regulars are doing a good job of keeping things balanced. Any remaining bias is mostly the result of Hot Network ...


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I'm not sure if your specific questions fit this or not, but some people may find a "is there?" type of question objectionable on other grounds. For example, the answer would be extremely irrelevant to big picture (the answer is an anecdote, which as we all know is not pluralized to "data"); YET, by its very existence, biases the discourse towards the side ...


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On your profile, you'll find a list of votes. So click on where you see your medals on the top, then activity, votes and then downvotes. If we say that you're Charlie, look at https://politics.stackexchange.com/users/2984/bytebuster?tab=votes&sort=downvote It seems that only you can see the content of that list. At least I can't (though I can see ...


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If you are worried about downvoting a post and possibility of your having to undownvote it, you don't need to downvote any post immediately. Just leave a comment and you can downvote it later if it has not been edited. When I downvote a post, I don't care what happens next. Your downvote still stands as it was done when the post lacked research and was ...


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Write a better answer in response. Seriously. If you want to deal with inaccuracies in the question or with other answers, man up and submit your corrections to the will of the voters yourself. Leave their inaccuracies alone. Chances are, whatever they wrote that was wrong is believed by someone else. By addressing the fallacy you have done the internet ...


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Are people voting along political lines? Probably. There is no way to know for certain, because votes are anonymized even for moderators. There are supposedly automatic detection algorithms that catch vindictive downvoting, but that wouldn't stop people from voting based upon their own political beliefs at randomized intervals to throw off the metrics. Is ...


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I have also that impression. There are more and more questions asking for arguments for the option the author believe, and to use against other side. That are formulated such as "what are the arguments against" etc. So the question is already biased, and answers representing other point of view are even more likely to be downvoted. My promotor have said ...


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