The direct answer is that they were down voted because someone wth sufficient reputation decided to do so; beyond that, because voting is anonymous, and voters do not need to justify their votes, we really can't say why someone decided to do so. There are currently 5085 people who are eligible to cast a down vote. For each of your posts, one of them chose to ...
Voting is how the community gives you reputation and how they take it away. You can't keep the ones you like and not the ones you don't.
As moderators, we all are responsible for watching and do regularly monitor all voting, closing and flagging. Furthermore, the system has built in checks should we miss vote swings that accumulate over short and long time ...
When a post gets a score of -3, it means that three different people have voted against it. Downvoting is rather rare on this site; if three different people make a point of voting against a post, it is certainly not the work of a single "cyber-criminal"; it is the community speaking that a particular post does not belong here.
I speak from experience here: ...
Thanks for bringing your question here to discuss.
As I commented on your question (done after your screenshot above), it wasn't that I "wasn't very happy", it's that the answer you added and marked as correct didn't appear to answer your own question.
Since your question was asked, you've been able to use Workflow/Shortcuts to set timers to make ...
No - votes time out and only get cleared if a moderator takes a binding action.
However, you can favorite the question and watch it and vote to reopen it should enough people cast close votes to actually close the question.
And of course, flagging it would be appropriate - just as if you saw any other question that was flagged and you felt in reality it ...
The total votes cast count shown on your profile's activity page takes a good few minutes to update with votes cast.
The votes tab on the activity page is updated almost instantly upon voting as this page is private to you and therefore has much less traffic.
If you want an accurate, immediately-updated count of your votes cast today, like the old top bar ...
As mentioned already in Why does Ask Different have such a low voting percentage? voting on AD sometimes doesn't work very well. My personal view on this is that there are just too few people caring enough about a specific question in general to vote either up and down. A lot of questions are probably too specific to certain users/use cases to gather more ...
As documented in https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/whats-reputation:
You lose reputation when:
your question is voted down: −2
your answer is voted down: −2
you vote down an answer: −1
you place a bounty on a question: − full bounty amount
one of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags: −100
The reason downvotes impacts your ...
In the most literal sense, the answer to your question appears to be "no, this is not allowed" in the sense that the many votes you cast yesterday for a single user were invalidated, as were the many votes another user cast for you today. This is an automated part of the voting mechanism; the system sometimes disallows votes based on its (unpublished) ...
This is, I believe, a systemic problem with the user base of Ask Different*. Sites like Stack Overflow, where the approach to Q&A was pioneered and little better ingrained in the user base, don't seem to have it quite as bad as we do**.
We attract a lot of search queries for problems and solutions that would otherwise have lead people to more ...
The colour helps highlight the difference between the flag count and the vote count. It helps distinguish with a quick glance which of the two figures it represents without reading the word beside the number; it's orange for flags and blue for votes.
Given these search results, I would say that the phenomenon is far from rare.
There are 288 posts with at least 10,000 views with a score of 3 or lower. My cutoffs were arbitrary there, but you can play with the parameters and see that there are many posts with lots of page views and low scores.
This feature has been added under the votes tab. If you go to your profile page, and click "votes", then "closure", you can see the close votes you've cast. The URL will look something like this, but it will only work for your profile:
You can use the Data Explorer with the following query which shows how many comments of yours has a certain number of votes:
My Comment Score distribution (user 96174)
There is a delay between the actual data and the Data Explorer's data dump. You can check when the Data Explorer was last updated using this query.
If you want a live list of your comments ...
Just to answer with a bit of encouragement. Votes on meta don't mean you're wrong, just that people don't see a very narrow or very specific path forward.
On the premise of "broken" I'm not sure I get your case - The bar for not useful and down votes seems pretty low and I don't see how you can argue that one or 5 people that down voted for "not useful" ...
See https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/serial-voting-reversed (a link which is actually displayed in your reputation history in your profile).
Basically, an unknown user decided to upvote a lot of your posts, a behavior which the system detected and corrected by invalidating/reversing those upvotes. There is nothing you could have done to prevent that ...
This functionality already exists. You can check how you have voted, but obviously not how others have voted.
To check your votes:
Click on your profile image (on a desktop browser it’s towards the top right of the window)
By default you should be on the Activity tab, but if you’re not, select it
If you look below the Reputation and Badges section you’ll ...
Your post has received 2 upvotes and 1 downvote, for a total of 1 displayed beside the post. You receive +10 reputation for each upvote and -2 reputation for each downvote.
The achievements dropdown shows reputation changes rather than vote changes, so the -2 shown in your screenshot refers to the decrement by 2 of your reputation for the one downvote ...
Your linked answer is a community wiki post. One of the effects of this is that you receive no reputation for the post, positive or negative. This is indicated by the different style of author link at the bottom of the post.
Answers can be made community wiki specifically using the community ...
The editing is mostly a way to avoid a large period of time where people would be inclined to down vote as opposed to remedy past impressions. Ideally, each edit would then ping the voters or come back and revisit their expression - but without that, there’s still the chance that everyone else will see the edited post and help right the down votes if the ...
you can. There are three different ways to do it.
Earn 10,000 reputation
Click the "review" tab.
Click the "close" subtab
There you will see all the posts with recent close votes, including those you cast.
Win an election as moderator.
Click the "review" tab.
Click the "close" subtab
When you cast a close vote, ...
I do not think this is required.
The main issue is that people need to flag this as spam, down votes have no effect.
After 3 flags it will not be on the front page - so takes less effort by us that your suggestion
From meta stackexchnage answer
The spam flag is designed to eliminate posts with no relevant content and to penalize the authors:
That -2 is from just a single downvote; the two upvotes you got (giving +20 reputation) were given on earlier days and do not appear in your achievement inbox, which only lists the most recent changes.
For more information, check the timeline of your answer and your reputation history.
Sometimes, the correct answer is a simple 'no' with an explanation why it is what it is. Not all answer have to be, or need to be, complicated. In fact, providing someone a complicated workaround could actually make the situation worse.
Your assumption that a simple answer means "I don't know how to do that" is a bit faulty.
I'm not saying it's ...
We have, in general, a voting problem here on AD (there really isn't enough of it, especially question and answer up voting) despite having a fairly decent traffic and posting profile for the site. I'd encourage anything that gets people thinking about voting more and not just in one direction. Up and down votes are good and should be sent out fairly ...
Answer voting is very simple and I would encourage you to try voting on more and not less.
An up vote means one thing and one thing only here: This answer is useful.
It could be because you learned something. It could be because someone took the effort to put something down that's better than the white space that was there. It could even be an incorrect ...
As per your comment on bmikes answer (this is too long for a further comment which is how it started, hence now an answer), there is a sort of possible tedious way of making an educated guess in some circumstances, but it relies on the assumption of at least having a shortlist of who to check based on recent activity, and therefore being able to do the ...
I would say that only three votes could just be a coincidence and not some campaign. Your java post is clearly controversial - with more than a dozen people disagreeing with your stance that installing java is safe (or even a qualified safe thing to do).
Also, voting is anonymous to all users - even elected moderators, so you won't be able to know who ...