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Though you can ask we can't answer due to votes being a private affair. Never fear though: all kinds of targeted-voting is detected by the system and, when the daily scripts run, it reverses the votes that are part of the offending vote pattern. Targeted voting is contrary to our goals of having votes reflect content quality, so though even targeted votes ...


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It was unclear and mostly wrong and showed a lack of expertise Note that all of this, more or less, was brought up as suggestions for improvement in the comments under your answer (by multiple people including myself). In general, if you are wondering why you are getting downvoted and there are comments pointing out flaws in your answer, they are often ...


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I've pulled up each of the questions you've posted that have gotten negative scores overall [at the time that I'm writing this post]. Those are Can you enchant player characters' prosthetics permanently? What type of pike/spear is listed as it's own thing in the PHB? Are Draconic Bloodline traits inherited or cultured and develloped? [sic] Can you ...


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It doesn't hurt to ask ... Many users on many SE site do ask for feedback to help understand what caused a negative reaction to a given answer or question. ... but don't be upset by a lack of follow up SE encourages "down vote and move on" as a way to prevent comments wars ... which sometimes happen. So if you do ask, and don't get the feedback you are ...


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Partly because we often deal in qualitative advice (rather than hard data answers) and those are rarely obviously wrong. More often, a so-so bit of advice is merely less helpful rather than incorrect, so it gets ignored rather than downvoted. The quality advice (or at least, the stuff the voters agree with) floats to the top fairly quickly. Partly because ...


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Definitely Just as it's appropriate to change the accepted answer to your question that was once correct, it is appropriate to downvote a once-good answer. However Before I do this, I would first comment to why the answer is no longer correct, perhaps with an errata link or some other damning source so that they may be able to edit the answer themselves.


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I'm going to add a second answer that gets to the real problem you have. You think your problem is that everyone's being mean and closing your question. The real problem is that your question is incoherent and not able to be answered. I agree that at its heart your question is a "type 2" charop question, so it has the capacity to be valid. If your ...


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Nothing While we affirm RPG.SE embraces all playstyles, there's no way to force everyone to always vote according to that. In this case the comment could be flagged as unkind and deleted, but that doesn't do away with the downvote, nor should it. And that really won't have any good effect - they'll just downvote without a comment in the future, and the ...


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I'll put my hand up as having downvoted a fair number of your questions, and generally not for the reasons provided by the other answer you've gotten to this question. While I can't speak for everyone, of course, I suspect I'm not the only person who downvoted for this reason. Let's start with your most recent question, Can you create poisons/effects with a ...


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I recognise you've read and checked What is serial voting and how does it affect me? as linked in comments, but I'll leave this here for a general answer as well: Every night around 03:00 UTC, a voting fraud detection script is run that looks for patterns such as these. It basically looks for users who have voted on another user's posts many times. The ...


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If someone hasn't explained their downvote, chances are there's nothing much helpful they can say, or their comment would be the kind that historically causes problems. Or, they just haven't gotten around to it yet. We do leave comments when we can suggest an improvement, provide constructive criticism, or when we can ask for clarification. (Those are in ...


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I doubt you were the victim of unwarranted downvotes. I actually wanted to downvote but couldn't because it was deleted before I got there. While I don't want to seem overly negative, I'd like to explain why I would have downvoted it from a regular users's perspective (not as a mod), and I strongly suspect these are also reasons that others did so before the ...


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I would assume all the downvotes are for people agitated that you seem to be deliberately trying to reinterpret English, logic, and/or math to rules lawyer an advantage. I’ve downvoted it for the same reason. The question is not helpful content for the site. Did you “do something wrong?” Other answerers say "no" (IMO just because they don’t want to ...


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I'll examine that from the lens of something that will actually happen: just generally making downvotes we might later wish we hadn't. Most of the time, just live with it; if the answer's any good it'll have plenty of other upvotes to negate the impact of your single one. Single downvotes on anything are like white noise from the universe and aren't really ...


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The site has become stricter about unsupported answers, and your answers are largely unsupported. Please note all this is not to criticize you, but to explain what's going on so you can adapt to it. Reviewing your recent deleted and undeleted answers, the vast majority are simply stated as "Do this/this is the answer-fact." Use name cards. Leave your GM. ...


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Homebrew review is a "show your work" type problem. Homebrew content creation does not necessarily require a master's understanding of the underlying system. While experienced designers to produce better results, we should not discourage those with limited experience or foresight from trying to create new things. Homebrew review is important because ...


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I haven't seen this until now, so this is an opinion coming from fresh eyes. There is a difference in voting patterns on this site compared to something like Stack Overflow. It takes some getting used to. In your case, what happened is this: but I have never seen people actually play D&D at that level. How much fun would a game be where an enemy ...


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The problem with your post wasn't the details. I downvoted it not for those, but because bulk of the answer was an editorial on why playing up to or past L20 was untenable. That wasn't in scope for the question, and it wasn't necessary to a proper answer. But more importantly, the reasoning given was largely hearsay. "Level 20 is a kind of optimizer-min-...


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First thing, I have to say right off that none of these things are under our power to change. The software is designed that way, and RPG.se doesn't have control over the software. I will attempt to explain why they work the way they do, though. So there will be no answer that is put into use, because RPG.se can't change the things you've brought up. (The ...


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Vote the other way, if you care. I'll be honest, I was surprised to see that comment since I didn't remember writing it, and then even more surprised to learn that it wasn't mine. So. There are boundaries that we as a community have set in order to keep the space clean and usable. The SE model gives most of us access to tools for policing those boundaries, ...


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This is the place to come. Raising the issue on meta flags it to moderators' attention and creates a nice starting-point to and container for any investigating we or, in a serious case, the SE staff would have to do. I will say that a few things argue more in the direction of "this could be natural behavior" than the question here indicates. The ...


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Often times, it's lack of effort While not everyone has necessarily read the meta on how to ask homebrew, we nearly always link to that in the comments for the initial posting. If someone doesn't adjust their question based on our recommendations, I'll generally downvote. As for iterations, the same very much applies. Those guidelines should still be ...


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It's always ok to ask, but there's no guarantee you'll get a response. The reason for this is because downvotes already have their own reasons. This question/answer does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful And unfortunately, everyone interprets things differently. Some people may see your question as not useful because you could ...


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Downvotes on questions don't take rep from the voter. Deleted answers do restore rep lost from downvotes for both the poster and the voter, though it happens rather quietly. You should see a green +1 on your Achievements button but probably not any note about where it came from on the Achievements dropdown. Your profile reputation tab will list the events ...


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Views are easy: the other question hit the "Hot Network Questions" list 21 hours ago. Yours has not. Downvotes are a little tougher: even we elected mods cannot see who downvoted your post, nor when the downvotes came in (so as to time them against the comments the post received). But the commenters left some obvious reasons they might have downvoted your ...


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Not to put too fine a point on it, the other post you reference looks a lot more like a warlock patron than yours does. As several comments pointed out, offering 3 choices of feature at most levels isn't normal, and it's additional complexity on one of the most complex classes, arguably the most complex. It also makes it a much more difficult question for ...


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The GS/BS norms have changed of late Your answers are not "suddenly, this bad." You have been a quality contributor for a good long while. I've been watching this thing that you mention for the past six months. My general trigger is comments, as well as discussions on meta, though I occasionally see discussions on this in chat. No, I am not going to ...


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Downvotes are appropriate for answers that no longer fit a clarified question. Take it as an object lesson in why it's risky to answer a question before it's clarified. Downvotes also notify the owner of the answer that there is a problem with it. They may ignore it, or may take action, but either way the downvote has served its intended purpose: to ...


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First let me say welcome to RPG.SE. In general a lot of the issues you've brought up have to do not only with RPG.SE's guidelines but overall guidelines followed by just about every site on stackexchange. I'll try to address each issue individually, but as a holistic approach I would simply say that Stackexchange expects a user to learn about how the site ...


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Downvoting is disincentivised (it's not just you), and that's deliberate. The help page on downvotes says this: “Voting down answers is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free.” Stack Exchange's engineers want us to think carefully before we downvote something, want us to make sure it's worthwhile. A tiny -1 ping to our ...


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