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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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You should upvote any answers that you feel contribute to the overall understanding of the topic and help the asker understand the situation. This includes partial answers, where the answer provides good and useful information about some of the question. You should downvote bad or misleading answers. On a site like Roleplaying, where many questions are ...


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You should absolutely upvote! The fact that it's old doesn't make it not worthy. In fact you should even suggest edits to old posts to improve them. The only thing we would advise against is editing dozens of old questions in one go, as that can flood the front page (but upvoting won't do that).


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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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When someone asks a question they're taking on ownership of it. Functionally it's their question. Consider an extreme case: someone's got dozens of genuinely bad questions. This isn't great for our site. If they say "asking for a friend" on each of them, that doesn't make them less bad. However I think this particular question's fine and I've upvoted it. It'...


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A better knowledge base and a cleaner stack is its own reward. Editors aren't expecting any thanks, and there's no need to thank them. But it is nice to be appreciated, and you'll think of leaving a @mention -ed comment on your post thanking them for the edit. We are more lenient with "thanks" comments, as @SevenSidedDie explains that "thanks" comments ...


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I didn't downvote your answer but... "A gritty, fast, simple post-apocalyptic system" I think you're kinda missing the elephant in the room: the question asked for a "post-apocalyptic" system and you only paid lip service to delivering on that. Apocalypse World is a post-apocalyptic RPG through and through, with action rules, classes, and GM advice ...


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Mods can’t and didn’t cancel any votes here No worries, mods are unable to affect votes. That’s not a feature or power we have. Votes are sacrosanct at RPG.se and people can vote however their consciences are called to. (Only Staff — Stack Exchange employees who rank above the volunteer mods — can invalidate votes, and then only when revenge voting or ...


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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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That sentence is appropriate, on-point, and on-topic for responding to the question, so I'm going to put that aside and focus on the "I think this bit of the answer is wrong/unhelpful" part. In general, here's your options: You might want to make a suggestion to the post author about that one bit. Provide an actionable suggestion. Whether they decline, ...


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Be patient, read lots of questions, and play/run a lot. It's pretty easy to write answers that get 20 or 30 upvotes: answer D&D questions about rules correctly, succinctly, and first. But you want to know about exemplary answers. The rule for those is even easier: be expert in the topic you're writing about. If the question you come across is one in ...


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Downvote and (optionally) comment the old answer, upvote the new answer. This actually has a twofold effect. It notifies the OP of the old answer that there may be an issue that needs to be addressed, and it also serves to begin the process of floating the new answer to the top and dropping the old answer to the bottom. If this is still insufficient, you ...


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Your request is unreasonable and runs contrary to how our voting system works. We can't comply. First, factual correctness isn't our only measure of whether to vote — our real measure is whether an answer is useful or not useful. I don't know if that answer's a wise idea (I don't have the experience to judge), but bad options, even if factually ...


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All that voting means on SE is: Upvote: This answer is useful (unstated: "to me") Downvote: This answer is not useful That usefulness/unusefulness is entirely subjective. People can and do vote based on the content of the answer, its grammar, its political correctness, whether they have a hate-on for the author, etc. I understand and validate your sadness ...


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Lets be clear here. Here is how the rep system works on non-community wiki posts: From the FAQ The rep system is in place to do the following things: Encourage people to post good content Encourage people to vote their feelings on content, particularly on questions Discourage people from downvoting a lot on answers Help the community grow by introducing a ...


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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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Vote on the question as it’s written. There are better and worse ways to write a question on someone else’s behalf. If they write it in such a way that you think it deserves a downvote, then that is your judgement of the question. That’s always the right reason to vote. (Others may have different judgements of course, so you might see people voting on “bad”...


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Yes, please do. Voting serves two purposes: indicating the community's collective wisdom and confidence by bubbling the best answers to the top, and giving reputation to the users who write the answers we thereby give our confidence to. Adding your voice to our confidence in an answer or question is still useful after the original asker has marked an answer ...


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Aside from the other (excellent) answers, I'll add that I won't be offended in any way if you don't vote for my answer. I feel strongly that there is a correct answer to the question asked, and hopefully my answer captures it, but SE overall is trying to create a curated collection of good answers. Your vote is part of that curation! You should vote/...


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It's behavioural engineering: the stated purpose of the reputation malus for downvoting is to prevent people from downvoting for frivolous reasons (second paragraph), like "I don't like that game." Putting even a small cost on it means that people are much less likely to downvote for frivolous reasons, and reserve downvotes for when a post really deserves it ...


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As mxyzplk points out the criteria for voting is extremely simple, is the answer useful or not. However I think we can put some criteria around when you should vote. Strong indicators that you should upvote are: The answer directly addresses all of the question's criteria. The answer is factually correct. The answer is comprehensive in it's treatment of ...


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At first, your answer didn't convey real experience per our site guidelines. Then you added some, surrounded by verbiage about "the trolls of RPG.SE" and other hostile statements. I'm not sure why downvotes were difficult to understand. I'm also not sure how that behavior demonstrates maturity as opposed to the "bunch of youths." Since I've edited your ...


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Downvoting and giving useful critiques to a post are different things and shouldn't be linked. You can easily leave a critique of a post without downvoting it, and downvoting a post should not obligate a critique—apart from the chilling effect that imposes, we should not prevent people form exercising their downvotes if they can't cogently articulate a ...


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Here are the options available to you if you disagree with the top voted and/or accepted answer: Your options #1 and #2 are acceptable but other answers have covered why #3-6 are not. Instead I will cover the range of options you do have within the SE system to deal with cases like these. In general, they can be used in any combination. Comment on the top/...


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The answer by doppelgreener says most of what I would say on this topic, but one point I feel needs to be addressed is: But two people have decided, this site would be better of [sic] if this answer was gone. They used the gamification of this site to send the message that all parties would win if this post was deleted. That's not what a downvote means. ...


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My guess would be temporal shenanigans. The original question that you answered is very different in tone and formatting and details than the one that stands currently. So there's a lot of disconnect between your answer and the current version of the question. Because you answered it while it was still in "this is my idea; any opinions?" state, your answer ...


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In short, no. The reputation system has evolved over at SO to the point that it should work everywhere, and mostly it does. I had a question at -4 down votes and I argued my case in the comments and on the meta and had it opened, so I'm certain the system works. Now to address your points: Firstly, and on the basest of levels, receiving a penalty stings....


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Unclick the down arrow. Also there is a time limit after which votes are locked in unless the post is edited (30 minutes I believe).


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OK, now that the lock is off, here's the real bottom line. Should people not be voting down answers because it's a legitimate answer but doesn't fit their particular playstyle? Probably, especially if it'll be helpful to the OP and/or other viewers. Can or should we somehow enforce that? No. You know the score, you should vote down something that's "...


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You didn't do anything wrong. Voting isn't about that. Our help page on why voting is important explains the purpose of voting well. The parts I want to highlight that are more relevant to votes on questions (as opposed to on answers): Voting is central to our model of providing quality questions and answers; it is how … ...good content rises to the ...


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