I am new here and am a little confused. Why are you allowed to down vote an answer without leaving a comment? That provides me with no information as to how to improve my answer.

Is this safe to download and use Gutenprint driver for Mac from their site?

Any help is appreciated.

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    I didn't and wouldn't downvote your answer, but I could see someone objecting because it makes a rather blanket statement. Basically, you wrote, 'if you want to know if it's safe, ask VirusTotal'; this implies that VirusTotal is 100% accurate, which we know to be impossible in practice. I might have worded it a little differently, such as "if they say it's safe, it's probably safe" – user45623 Jan 6 '17 at 23:19

The down vote process asks people to consider leaving constructive criticism, but it isn't required. Sometimes there's nothing significant about a vote other than someone, somehwere on the internet didn't like the post.

or a cat is operating someone's browser and can't figure out how to take the down vote back:

oh noes, what has I done?

Other times, there's an obvious link to:

A) not enough research shown
B) not enough specificity
C) several questions being asked
D) just not a useful question in one person's eyes

I don't think your answer is nearly as bad as the question. Maybe people felt virus total is spammy?

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    A very interesting edit to the original post.... :-) – fsb Jan 2 '17 at 20:01
  • Needed more intentional humor, less auto-correst random insertions, @fsb – bmike Jan 2 '17 at 20:11

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