I'm new here and learning the ropes, so if I'm missing something, please let me know.

I want to know why my answer to this question was downvoted despite the fact that it was correct and I had explained my reasoning. The other short answer (Quark's) had a mildly similar explanation (I also happened to have used the word "rectangle"), but believe me, I didn't steal it from him.

If it was downvoted because it was considered a duplicate, then why wasn't it deleted already? And besides, why are a lot of answers with very similar reasoning (and only mildly similar explanations) upvoted instead?

Edit: just updated the answer.

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    $\begingroup$ Never mind, someone commented below it. I decided to delete my answer until I manage to correct it. $\endgroup$
    – Nautilus
    Jul 17, 2015 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ I've just added an edit. Let's see if they think much of it. $\endgroup$
    – Nautilus
    Jul 18, 2015 at 8:06
  • $\begingroup$ Still annoyed that someone else got away with making the same apparent mistake. $\endgroup$
    – Nautilus
    Jul 18, 2015 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ Sucks that I'm now on some people's idiot list. $\endgroup$
    – Nautilus
    Jul 19, 2015 at 12:51
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    $\begingroup$ No one has put you on their idiot list. The problem is, there's no way that the people who downvoted you will know that you've edited your answer. $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @mmking Except if you know who DV. If that person left a comment on your post (which would be the polite thing to do), then you can comment there yourself using the @ username to send an alert to that user. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jul 24, 2015 at 6:39

1 Answer 1


Ideally, down-voters should leave a comment to explain (or up-vote a comment of another who explained already), but the world is not always ideal. Don't be too discouraged by DVs. Yes, they should make you think what you can potentially do better, but they should not cause you anger or frustration. Some votes are justified, others aren't. (True in both up and down directions.)

I think you did the right thing if you're puzzled (excuse the pun): Add a comment asking for explanation.


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