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At the risk of challenging some well established SOP's, I have found the following: 1) "Who screens these calls, anyway?"(From CarTalk) At the initial input level we are reminding 1st time and new users to "Read Site Directives". Coming from a "Forum" background(which way outnumber SE environs) is a difficult transition. This requires some patience and ...


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This has been brought up many times and discussed ad nauseam at various times on every SE site. I understand why it comes up, as do the folks at SE (the commercial entity behind the QnA engine this site runs on) but the suggestion is fundamentally at odds with the way the system works. Voting is supposed to be anonymous. Anything you do to try to turn it ...


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According to the help center: When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period of time, the system considers these votes to be invalid and removes them. This could happen for a variety of reasons, such as a user finding a user's great answer and visiting all of their posts to upvote them, or a user getting into ...


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The "answer selection process" has two parts. One part is only ever controlled by the asked of the original question when they select which answer they perceive as helping the most. The other part is voting and the resulting scores and sorting. This always in the community's hands. Moderators get one vote each. Users get one vote each. The original poster ...


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Voting on meta is different: Note that voting on Meta.stackoverflow.com works differently from the other Stack Exchange sites. Voting is used as an expression of agreement or disagreement on contributions here, rather than to point out a lack of quality or helpfulness. Do not be too concerned if you receive downvotes - it is possible that members of the ...


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Votes are occasionally reversed due to detection of anomalous voting patterns by the automated SE system (at 0300 UTC daily). This explains the discrepancy between your total votes cast (600) and the total you now see (594). See, on Meta.Stackexchange: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? That post is written from the perspective of a person ...


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Take care to be judicious when voting on questions that are tagged support. As the site grows and more people find it, you'll find people trying to use the site that aren't really network veterans with basic questions on why or how things work. Even if the question is a duplicate, coming from an incorrect premise (such as someone thinking they've found a '...


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Unfortunately no, to my knowledge. The good news is that voting will help distinguish answers' usefulness and thus serve to help distinguish the best answers. Even though no answer may be accepted, the answer(s) with the most votes are ones the community clearly finds the most useful, and users can even award bounties on others' questions to attract more/...


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One answer was downvoted by 4 separate individuals, so this could not have been part of the serial downvoting. You had 6 reputation returned to you for 3 out of 5 of the other answers which were serial downvoted, but I flagged for review to see about the other -4 rep. It could be argued that the serial downvoter was appropriate on one answer which means you ...


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