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Can I ask who has a beef with me and why?

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 ...
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31 votes

What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

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 ...
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Why are my questions being downvoted?

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 ...
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Is it ok to ask for comments on downvotes?

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 ...
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24 votes

Is it appropriate to downvote an answer that may have been good at the time it was posted, but is now incorrect?

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 ...
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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

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 ...
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What should we do about people downvoting to try and push subcommunities they don't like off this site?

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 ...
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21 votes

Why are my questions being downvoted?

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,...
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What to do about possible retaliatory down-voting spree?

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 ...
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19 votes

Why is an answer being downvoted without any comments?

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 ...
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19 votes

Am I getting serial downvotes, or are my answers suddenly this bad?

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. ...
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I believe I was a victim of sockpuppetry. Who do I report this to?

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 ...
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Why was I downvoted?

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 ...
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Editing an answer to change a mistaken vote

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'...
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Is poorly balanced homebrew considered "low-effort"?

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 ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

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 ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

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 ...
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15 votes

Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

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 ...
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Am I getting serial downvotes, or are my answers suddenly this bad?

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 ...
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Is it ok to ask for comments on downvotes?

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 ...
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What should we do about people downvoting to try and push subcommunities they don't like off this site?

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 ...
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I believe I was a victim of sockpuppetry. Who do I report this to?

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 ...
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Why do my questions about homebrew content get downvoted?

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 ...
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Why does downvoting hurt my reputation (but upvoting does not help it)?

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 ...
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Why deleting a bad question/answer doesn't return reputation points?

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 ...
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Why are my homebrew posts being downvoted and ignored while another user at the exact same time has many upvotes and thousands of views?

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 ...
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Why are my homebrew posts being downvoted and ignored while another user at the exact same time has many upvotes and thousands of views?

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 ...
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12 votes

Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

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 ...
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Downvoting first questions - can we be more welcoming?

I wonder - would it be effective to "shield" new members from reputation hits based on downvotes of their first question? Give them a little extra grace to work out what we're about here before ...
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Downvoting first questions - can we be more welcoming?

"We" apparently can't, but individuals can. On a given occasion, any individual who provides close votes, down votes, or comments on a new user's question can choose to engage in a warm and ...
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